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Viareggio Carnival 2024 (Carnevale di Viareggio) Italy

3 February - 24 February

€15 – €40

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Along with the Venice Carnival, the Viareggio Carnival or Carnevale di Viareggio is one of the largest carnivals in Italy. Held in the Tuscan coastal city in February, the Carnival of Viareggio is a wonderful celebration of art, culture and entertament that stems back 150 years.

The main attractions are the wonderful floats that are paraded through the city, which depict people form the world of politics and entertainment, often in a satirical guise. Nobody is safe from the Viareggio “carristi” (float designers).

The floats are paraded along the promenade next to the sea on a numver of days (see below for schedule), over a three-kilometre route. A map of the circuit can be downloaded here.

Viareggio Carnival

However, carnival fever spreads across the whole of the city, with parties, bands, DJs and masked balls, as well as restaurants offering local fish specialties. There is plenty here to keep you entertained day and night. Just make sure you don a mask.

History of the Viareggio Carnival

The first Carnevale di Viareggio was conceived at the Caffè del Casinò, and held on Shrove Tuesday in February 1873 when there was a parade in the historic Via Regia part of town. A manifesto was dawn up entitling all to have fun, and consume plenty of wine.

The parade was moved from the historic centre to the Viali a Mare promenade in 1905. In 1921, Icilio Sadun composed the Carnival anthem, and in 1931 Uberto Bonetti drew Burlamacco, the final mask of Commedia dell’Arte. This became the symbol of the Viareggio Carnival.

Viareggio Carnival

Viareggio Carnival 2024 Schedule

The schedule for the 2024 Carnival of Viareggio, is as follows:

3 February: Opening ceremony (3pm) followed by masked parade and fireworks (4pm).

8 February: 2nd masked parade (6pm)

11 February: 3rd masked parade (3pm)

13 February: 4th masked parade (5pm)

18 February: 5th masked parade (3pm)

24 February: 6th masked parade (5pm) followed by closing ceremony and fireworks.

Viareggio Carnival

When is the Carnevale di Viareggio?

The Carnival of Viareggio will be from 3 to 24 February, 2024.

Where is the Carnival of Viareggio?

It is held in Viareggio, along the promenade.

Tickets for the Carnival of Viareggio 

Details about the cost of the various tickets and how you can purchase them can be found here.

Things To Do in Tuscany

Tuscany is a most wonderful region of Italy popular with many tourists and travellers. It is full of great cultural highlights as well as the most amazing cuisine. To discover what to do in Tuscany, vsit the official tourism website here. If you can’t visit the province of Lucca in February, you might wish to time your trip to Italy for the Lucca Summer Festival.

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3 February
24 February
€15 – €40


Viali a Mare promenade
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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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