Of all the seaside resorts in Tuscany, Viareggio is probably one of the finest, the settlement rising on the shore like a palette splashed with the delicate hues of art deco buildings.
Viareggio is one of Italy’s best seaside resorts with charming historical buildings and elegant cafeterias oozing an Art Nouveau charm. It is known for its shipyards, where some of Italy’s best luxury yachts are built, and for the Carnival that attracts crowds of visitors, who arrive here on their luxury charters in Tuscany.
The town is also a magnet for rock climbers, who ascend the Apuan Alps, enjoying a wonderful view of the environs from the summits. Fans of water sports can choose from a variety of options, including parasailing, windsurfing, and water skiing. Visiting Viareggio on a yacht is an intense experience to make in the beautiful frame of the Etruscan shores in Castiglioncello (a cove and excellent dive site), Vada, and the sands of Viareggio that are fit for children.
The rich offer of cultural and artistic attractions includes the home of the composer Giacomo Puccini, the many monuments peppered across the historic center, like the Cathedral of Saint Andrew and Torre Matilde (Viareggio’s oldest building and its symbol); the famous Passeggiata – the walkway bordering the sea for about two kilometers and boasting Art Nouveau buildings, restaurants, cafés, and ateliers.
A luxury charter cruise in Tuscany is perfect to unwind and appreciate a journey that can also include stop-overs in the island of Elba and Porto Santo Stefano and reach the nearby Portofino, in Liguria, to sip an aperitif in the Piazzetta after some shopping at its luxury boutiques.