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Colors of Viareggio - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Leave it to me as I find a way to be Every year Viareggio hosts a beautiful carnival, which is considered one of the most daring and unforgettable holidays in Italy. For the first time the celebration was organized in 1873. At that time representatives of the local aristocracy decided to make a beautiful parade. Fabulous luxury carriages drove through the streets of the city, and local poor people took the advantage of the opportunity, dressed up in costumes and started making fun of local politicians and noble people.
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In the memory of that brilliant event was organized a parade of carts in Viareggio, which has been celebrated till our days. As a rule, figures of famous politicians and stars are put in these carts. For many years Burlamacco has remained the main symbol of the holiday. The author of the fantastic character is a famous Italian painter Uberto Bonetti. Burlamacco appeared in the festival for the first time back in 1930. The face of the hero is hidden by a colorful mask, which has become the main emblem of the festival. The name of the fantastic character is connected with several interesting legends.
For example, according to one version he was named in honor of the city's main channel of Burlamacco, which crosses entire Viareggio and is considered one of its major attractions. According to another version, the character was named after a famous literary character Buffalmacco, which is also characterized by a witty and daring character. According to the third version, Burlamacco is the pseudonym of the artist as he used this name to sign his paintings and cartoons created for local comic magazines. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The carnival is always accompanied by various interesting events. In addition to a parade of chariots the squares of the city host interesting humorous presentations, children's performances and entertaining competitions. On the day of celebration here are opened numerous souvenir shops where visitors can buy beautiful carnival masks, costumes and souvenirs. The carnival traditionally attracts a large number of foreign tourists who come there in order to get acquainted with local culture and customs.
Darsena di Viareggio The celebration is traditionally accompanied by colorful fairs, where visitors can try delicious food and buy interesting handicrafts made by local artisans. On the day of the carnival you can small cozy cafes simply everywhere. They lure visitors with aroma of sweets and pastries. The celebration is especially liked by children who are delighted with huge choice of sweets and toys.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Viareggio
♥   Basilica di S. Paolino, Viareggio, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Andrea, Viareggio, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Cattedrale di S. Pietro Apostolo e S. Francesco d’Assisi, Massa, 20.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta, Pisa, 20.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Paolino, Lucca, 21.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Frediano, Lucca, 21.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cattedrale di S. Martino, Lucca, 22 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Viareggio
♥   Castle 'Matilde Tower' Viareggio, 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Pietrasanta Fortress and "Rocca di Sala"' Pietrasanta, 10.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Fort' Forte dei Marmi, 11.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Santa Maria Castle' Vecchiano, 15.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Porcaresi Castle' Villa Basilica, 16.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Rocca Malaspina' Massa, 19.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Gambacorti’s Castle' Filettole, 21.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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Traditions and festivals in cities around Viareggio

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Viareggio. Learn the best periods to visit Viareggio to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Viareggio.
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