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The Carnival of Viareggio celebrates in 2018 145 years of life under the sign of a vivid tradition such as the long-established European tradition of Carnival festivals. It is no doubt one of the best known events in Italy. Each year the Viareggio Carnival attracts more than 600.000 spectators gathering to attend the magic of the grand parades of large floats in papier-maché,the biggest ones weighing about forty tons!

Real travelling theatres - the allegorical papier-maché floats are the product of the unequalled creativity, of the extraordinary sculpture and painting skill of Viareggio’s ‘magicians’, and are the highest example of this popular art whose language has spread all over the world.


The third carnival parade will be held on Sunday, February 11, at 3:00 pm.

The floats start from the hangars at the Carnival Citadel and parade along  the seafront of Viareggio.  From the seventies onwards, the dominant theme of the allegorical contructions has been the political satire, flanked by fantastic themes. The two categories of floats in the competition, the group-masks and the isolated masks, represent a challenge of fantasy and satyre.


In the evening the party continues: in the streets of the town districts and in the clubs all masks are welcome. Many collateral events like the "Festival della Canzonetta", the "Festival di Burlamacco", "Canzonissima di Carnevale", just to name a few of them, are crowded by locals and tourists.


Viareggio, seafront
2018, January 27, February 4/11/13/17

Admission: Ordinary tickets € 20,00, groups (min. 25 persons 1 free ticket) € 17,00
Concessions for children (from 1,20 mt  of height to 13 years) € 15,00.
Numbered seats (+ entrance ticket) € 15,00

Joint tickets: € 35,00; concessions € 25,00



More information

Fondazione Carnevale di Viareggio
Cittadella del Carnevale, via S. Maria Goretti , Viareggio
Tel +39 0584 58071 +39 0584 580771 -

Tourist information office
Viale Carducci, 10 - Viareggio
tel. +39 0584 962233 -