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    View of sunbathers at the beach 4 more images

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The beach and the water are very nice. The attempts to get to the beach was difficult. All are private and costs money to enter. We were only here for a short 1/2 day so did not enter. Cost is about 7-10 Euro for a day. The city is a seaside resort for a lot of European summer sunbathers, and is only 30 kilometers from Pisa and Lucca, so close location is good. The beach is 6 miles long and there are over 100 private bathing establishments.
    The promenade is 3 kilometers long and has many bars, eateries and discos in evenings. The CArnival in early part of the year is reknowned.

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    Brochure of the festival

    by BruceDunning Written Aug 22, 2008

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    Every year for 133 years, this has been a main draw for locals and tourists alike. It is a three week festival that is a gala time for partying n February. The streets are filled with floats during the time and parades are held about 5 times over the period. Masked people and bands play throughout. The tradition started in 1873, and was originally a tax protest by citizens, but then what really happened, but to turn it into a festival later.

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    by travelingbunny Written Sep 7, 2005

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    Viareggio is host to one of Italy's most famous Carnival celebrations. Each year artisans toil up to a year to produce oversized paper maiche puppets and colossal floats, all intended to make some sort of political or social commentary. As the parade of floats marches through town a devilish sense of fun pervades the atmosphere as paraders and spectators dance, throw confetti, and brandish foam batons.

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    Pizzeria Ristrante Eden

    by rdo911 Written Nov 26, 2007

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    Our local B&B owner recommended this place. Oh it was so good. Pasta was delicious. I had the Penne Eden, their own local speciality.

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    Flaminio Bar Pizzeria

    by rdo911 Written Nov 25, 2007

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    My local hotel manager recommended I check out this place and I was not disappointed. Good service and great food.

    Favorite Dish: I had the Margarita Salome pizza. It tasted fabulous.

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    The mixed grilled seafood. nice.

    by zogfield Written May 17, 2007

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    One of the more expensive restaurants on the promenade but definitely worth it. Has a much more italian feel to it than the other, more touristy and overpriced restaurants further down, proved by the number of locals to be found here.
    I've only eaten outside so can't really comment on the inside, when I was paying I did stand just inside the entrance though and the atmosphere inside looked great - full of wood and marine-themed items. Outside has the best of both worlds - tables in the sun and the shade, all with unique little touches like large round pebbles with the table numbers on and interesting place settings.
    It's located right at the end of the promenade - near the public area of beach and the marina, but still only a few mins walk from the centre.
    The food is the real reason to come here however, with a great variety of seafood and seafood pastas on offer. The smell was wonderful with diners around me eating huge plates of frittura mista (mixed fried seafood) and fresh fish.
    Highly recommended for a treat!

    Favorite Dish: I decided to splash out and had the plate of grilled seafood which was delicious. It came with 2 large langoustines, 2 big prawns, some swordfish, some other soft fish and 2 medium-sized squid. Two sauces came with the meal both of which were nice. All in all, a great dish at a good price for the amount I got.

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    by Aurorae Written May 31, 2003

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    Favorite thing: At the beach in Viareggio.
    Too many people, a bit murky water, dirt at some places...
    But, it smells beautifully of the sea, especially if you takea walk down the peer (where from this photo was taken).

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