Viareggio, Lucca, Italy

Viareggio, Lucca, Italy

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Veni, vidi, Viareggio – Tuscany's waterfront gem

The ideal backdrop for your seaside Tuscan getaway, Viareggio's a vibrant town on Italy's western coast. Just over an hour's drive from Florence, Viareggio is known for its ample beachfront, a buzzy dining scene, and posh shopping, as well as countless festivals throughout the year, including one of Europe's biggest Carnival celebrations. Chock full of museums, galleries, and historic sites, you'll never be at a loss for something to do while you're in town. Viareggio vacation rentals offer easy access to must-see highlights like the Villa Puccini Museum and the Museum of the Carnival of Viareggio.

Oh, Sandy – Viareggio's beaches and beyond

With all that broad, sandy beachfront, it sure would be a shame for it to go to waste. Not to worry – you'll find all sorts of seaside recreation in Viareggio, including swimming, sunbathing, sailing, and guided boat tours. Once you've had your day in the sun, you can visit one of the countless eateries, bars, and cafes, or get some retail therapy in the city's numerous upscale boutiques. The city's annual Carnival celebration is a major event (think Mardi Gras, but with the whimsy cranked up to 11), and millions of visitors flood the city for it each year.

Now museum, now you don't – Viareggio's arts & culture

More than some penny-ante beach town, Viareggio's ready to go toe-to-toe with Florence or Genoa any day of the week. Music lovers can head to the Villa Puccini Museum, where you'll learn about Giacomo Puccini's life and works in a stylish lakeside villa that once belonged to the famous composer. Or you can check out the Museum of the Carnival of Viareggio, where visitors can get a taste of the massive celebration all year round. Here, you'll find a treasure trove of papier-mache masks and costumes from previous years' events, as well as classes on how to make your own.

(Mostly) under the Tuscan sun in Viareggio

Like almost all of Italy's western coast, Viareggio has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, with sunny, humid summers, mild winters, and regular rainfall between September and April. Average highs peak around 85 degrees in July and August, and summertime is generally the busiest season in Viareggio. The winters are on the cooler side, with average highs in the low 50s between December and February. The mild weather makes Viareggio a popular destination for wintertime visitors looking to escape colder temperatures back home, but you can still find slightly lower prices for Viareggio vacation rentals during the cooler winter months.

Invigorating vistas in vibrant Viareggio

The town of Viareggio itself is relatively lively, with charming stone buildings along narrow city streets. The western edge of town is made up of marinas and miles of sandy beaches along the Mediterranean Sea, and you can see the peaks of the Apuan Alps rising to the east. A short drive south from most Viareggio vacation rentals, you'll find Lake Massaciuccoli and the sprawling Natural Park Migliarino San Rossore. Here, you can find almost 57,000 acres of fields, forests, and sandy dunes, as well as marshy wetlands along the shore of the lake.