The Viareggio's Carnival - also during the summer!
A few steps from Hotel Vitoria, there's the famous seaside Avenue, the "Passeggiata" or "Viale a mare": this is the best place where to stroll among prestigious boutiques and refined café, nice hang outs where you can have an aperitif or spend the night with friends.
The "Passeggiata" during the period of Carnival is turning into a long runway where the famous floats are parading: the uniqueness of the floats is exalted by the "Alpi Apuane" mountains background, framing the show like natural theatre wings!
Since a hundred years Viareggio's Carnival is a regular date and the papier-mâché masters are committed for a lot of months in order to realize imposing structures, tall like buildings, painted in several colours, cheerful and filled with joyful people, giving life to the party and animating adults and children.
When the main parade is over, the festival goes on in the "rioni" (in the marina district) where music and dances are joining good wine and food in the several refreshment places, warming up the atmosphere.
Viareggio is a joyful city all over the year, and this is why the municipality decided to let the floats parade on the seaside Avenue also during the summertime, recreating the same cheerful atmosphere of the Carnival also during the fresh summer nights!