DATA: 09 from February to March 05 2019
PLACE: Viareggio, Italy.
An event that has roots rooted in time, where art and tradition blend perfectly.
The Carnival par excellence that, over the years, has managed to enhance itself, renewing itself and introducing important innovations.
Today, the Viareggio Carnival is considered one of the most important events in Europe. A celebration that embodies the very essence of the Viareggio people, particularly linked to their traditions. Since 1873, year of the very first edition of the event.
Here, everything is art. Starting from papier-mâché. Simple materials such as water, glue, chalk and paper, are transformed into real works of art, on display along the walkway to the sea and even in a citadel, which can be visited all year round. Because, Carnival, around here is much more than just a party.
Exhibitions. Permanent museums and even a football tournament, a showcase for promising players of the future. And, of course, lots of events and fun including masked courses, great shows, pyrotechnic shows and local festivals ...
In Viareggio, the carnival lasts all year. This explains, therefore, the creation of a large Carnival Citadel and, inside, the interesting Museum of Carnival. A cutting-edge complex that offers workshops, workshops, workshops and activities, all focused on carnival. All the year.
So, do not delay and choose one of the most beautiful and spectacular Italian Carnivals. An event that will certainly give a lot of emotions to visitors of all ages.
You can reach the city easily, by plane, landing at Pisa airport. Every day, bus connections are guaranteed with the city, with the E25 ViaBus extra-urban line. Alternatively, you can rent a car directly at the airport, and reach Viareggio. More info, from here.
The city is also served by a convenient, efficient road network. You can arrive by car, from all directions.
Papier-mâché giants parade along the catwalk every year. THE Masked courses they represent one of the most anticipated and spectacular events of the Viareggio Carnival. All made by skilled master craftsmen, tall over 20 meters, to amaze all visitors.
After the triple shot of cannon, you will see parading majestic, and spectacular, allegorical floats, between music and dancing. At the end of the Masked Opening and closing Courses, there will be a fantastic fireworks display.
To access, you will need to purchase a special one ticket. The ticket for one from the specific 5 dates, costs 19.26 € at full price, and 13.60 € reduced under 14; the open ticket, for a day of your choice, costs 22.66 € per person. The ticket in the numbered tribune, for one of the established 5 dates, costs 36.26 € per person, and offers access to the event and numbered seating.
Le Local festivals, instead, they represent the essence of popular tradition. During certain weekends, whole neighborhoods offer visitors a lot of entertainment including dancing, singing, music, and an interesting gastronomic offer.
Fun also with the three Great Veglions. Big parties organized, in only three dates, in the most prestigious historical rooms of Viareggio and in the most popular clubs. To run wild until night.
From February to March, guided tours of the Museo and Cartapesta laboratories are organized in the Cittadella del Carnevale. To participate, the ticket costs 4.00 € per person.
Here, below, the official program, and schedules, of the Viareggio 2019 Carnival, with the most important events.
Friday 08 February, from 21: 15, Grand Opening Veglione, Principino.
Saturday 09 February, at 16: 00, Masked Course.
Friday 15 February, Festival at the Marco Polo District.
Saturday 16 February, from 19: 00, Festa to the Marco Polo District. From 20: 00, Veglione in maschera Hotel Palace, via Flavio Gioia 2.
Sunday 17 February, 15 hours: 00, Masked Course. From 19: 00, to the Marco Polo District, the last local festival.
Saturday 23 February, 17 hours: 00, Night Masked Course. At 21, Veglione in maschera Hotel Residence Espanade, in Piazza Puccini 18.
01 - 03 March, from the 19: 00, the Carnevaldarsena Festival.
Sunday 03 March, at 10: 00, parade of canoes and boats of various types, along the Burlamacca Canal. At 15: 00, Corso Mascherato.
Monday 04 / 03 e Tuesday 05 / 03, from the 19: 00, Festa Rionale Carnevaldarsena.
Tuesday 05 March great closing with Course Preview at 14: 50. Then follows the Masked Course at 16: 30 and, at the end, a great fireworks show.
It is advisable to book well in advance, especially when staying during the weekend. Availability during the Carnival period of Viareggio is rather limited.
Hotel Paolina represents one of our TOP solutions, for quality-price and, above all, location, just 150 meters from the seafront.
Hotel Paolina is a family-run hotel located in the center of Viareggio. It offers air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV. A rich sweet breakfast is included in the price.
Housed in a Liberty-style building with no lift, this renovated property boasts a restaurant specializing in seafood and local and national cuisine.
Hotel Paolina is a 10-minute walk from the Viareggio train station and 10 km from the A6 exit. It offers double rooms, with breakfast included, at 12 € per night. Info and reservations from here.
In case of availability, with Hotel Chilean e Hotel Bianchi you will really be safe. Prices are quite low and, therefore, it is very difficult to find availability during the period of the event.
Located in Viareggio, 2 km from the port,Hotel Chilean It offers a shared lounge, free Wi-Fi, and a bar. Some rooms have a balcony overlooking the garden.
All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a desk. A continental breakfast is included in the price. Rooms less than € 40 per night, including breakfast!
TheHotel Bianchi Set in an Art Nouveau building in the heart of Viareggio, just 80 meters from the beach, it offers free Wi-Fi and rooms with private bathrooms and satellite TV.
Hotel Bianchi serves breakfast every morning, which can be enjoyed on the terrace in the summer months. The property is located in front of a pine forest with a sports and recreational area. Double room € 46 per night. Info and reservations from here.