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Viareggio

Easy-going Viareggio is a boisterous, sun-and-sand resort that is especially popular with Italian families. This friendly resort is more family-minded than most on this coast and is well-equipped with climbing frames and child-friendly cafes. The resort’s appeal lies in its endless stretch of golden sands, its air of faded elegance and its good-value seafood restaurants. Viareggio is the oldest of the coastal towns in Versilia. Its origins are Roman, and in the Middle Ages it was an important sea port. In the 19th century it reputedly built some of the best boats ever launched on the Tyrrhenian Sea, and the boatyards are still active. Its heyday was the 1920s and 1930s but only a handful of Art Deco and Art Nouveau waterfront buildings recall this era. Today, Viareggio is more famous for its February Carnival, proof that, unlike most resorts in Versilia, it doesn’t close down completely out of season.

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