A few years ago we planned a long weekend to Lucca during February. Not only did it give us chance to see one of our favourite Italian towns in Winter, it was the perfect excuse to check out the world famous Carnevale of Viareggio and we loved it so much we are heading back this year!
Carnival, or Carnevale, is celebrated all over Italy and every Sunday during February, Viareggio's wide promenade becomes a natural stage for the massive Papier-mâché floats.
Tickets can be brought from one of the many ticket kiosks along the procession circuit. The 15 euros entry fee was certainly worth it, as the extraordinary parade of floats are truly impressive. Spectators can attend the show with no barriers and many turn up in fancy dress to throw confetti at the passing procession.
Later in the day there is a spectacular display of fireworks best seen from the beach and plenty of masked balls, comedy shows and themed events going on throughout the town.
I can not wait to experience it again this year (and I bet you cant wait to read all about!), so while I continue to get over excited here are some of my favourite floats from the 2013 parade for you to enjoy.........
Have you been to Viareggio's carnivale or are you planning to go for the first time this year?