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Statue of Burlamacco

No visit to Viareggio is complete without seeing the city’s clown statue. Stroll along the waterfront with this colorful character watching over you. 

Even if you are not visiting Viagerrio during its annual carnival, you can still get a feel for what the carnival involves by visiting the Statue of Burlamacco and nearby carnival museum. The whimsical caped clown dressed in colorful attire is a sight to behold. The Carnival of Viareggio takes place only for a few weeks in late winter, but its unofficial mascot keeps the spirit of carnival alive throughout the year.

The origins of the carnival date back to 1873. In the century that followed, the Carnival of Viareggio evolved into an internationally acclaimed spectacle. 

In 1931 it was decided that the city needed a mascot befitting the carnival. A competition was held and Uberto Bonetti created the winning design. He cleverly based the clown’s color scheme on the red-and-white umbrellas that dot the beach of Viareggio. The clown was given the name of Burlamacco, a reference to the Burlamacca canal that traverses the city. Today, the big statue of Burlamacco is a permanent feature on the waterfront of the city. 

Late winter each year, thousands of people from all over the world flock to Viareggio for the carnival, which is held on four consecutive Sundays around February. Enjoy the spectacle of floats bearing the familiar faces of politicians, celebrities and well-known historic characters. 

Most floats take months to build and can carry well over 100 people. See where these showpieces are created and parked at La Citadella di Carnevale. To learn more about the history of the event and the art that goes into creating the floats and costumes, take a short walk to the Museo del Carnevale.

While the parade is the main spectacle during the carnival, it is by no means the only attraction. See fireworks displays, go to masked balls and dine along the promenade in Viareggio. Due to the influx of visitors, most restaurants offer a special carnival menu.


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Hotel President

Hotel President

Viale Carducci 5, Viareggio
4.4
of 5, from 111 reviews
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Located in the heart of Viareggio, this hotel is steps from Centro Matteucci Per L'Arte Moderna, Statue of Burlamacco, and Galleria d‘Arte Moderna e Contemporanea. Piazza Shelley and Villa Argentina are also within 10 minutes.

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San Francisco

Viale Carducci 68, Viareggio
4.2
of 5, from 18 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Maria Luisa and Pineta di Ponente. Centro Matteucci Per L'Arte Moderna and Statue of Burlamacco are also within 15 minutes.

£65
Hotel Plaza e de Russie

Hotel Plaza e de Russie

Piazza d'Azeglio 1, Viareggio
4.1
of 5, from 67 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

With direct access to the beach, this Viareggio hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Piazza Shelley, Villa Paolina, and War Memorial of Viareggio. Piazza Garibaldi and Statue of Burlamacco are also within 5 minutes.

£70
Hotel Eden

Hotel Eden

Viale Manin 27, Viareggio
3.9
of 5, from 7 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the boardwalk, this hotel is steps from Statue of Burlamacco and Galleria d‘Arte Moderna e Contemporanea. Centro Matteucci Per L'Arte Moderna and Piazza Shelley are also within 5 minutes.

£93
Mercure Viareggio - New Opening

Mercure Viareggio - New Opening

Viale Einaudi, Viareggio
4.1
of 5, from 87 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of La Cittadella del Carnevale, Museo del Carnevale, and Pontile di Lido di Camaiore. Pineta di Ponente and Piazza Maria Luisa are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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Hotel Bella Riviera

Hotel Bella Riviera

Viale Manin 34, Viareggio
3.7
of 5, from 7 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Statue of Burlamacco and Galleria d‘Arte Moderna e Contemporanea. Centro Matteucci Per L'Arte Moderna and Piazza Shelley are also within 5 minutes.

Bed and Breakfast Arsella

Bed and Breakfast Arsella

Via Vespucci 39, Viareggio
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this townhouse accommodation is within a 5-minute walk of Centro Matteucci Per L'Arte Moderna and Galleria d‘Arte Moderna e Contemporanea. Villa Argentina and Statue of Burlamacco are also within 10 minutes.

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BW Premier Collection Grand Hotel Royal

BW Premier Collection Grand Hotel Royal

Viale Giosue' Carducci, 44, Viareggio
4.2
of 5, from 94 reviews
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Located in the heart of Viareggio, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Centro Matteucci Per L'Arte Moderna, Villa Argentina, and Pineta di Ponente. Villa Paolina and Viareggio Harbor are also within 1 mi (2 km).