The Viareggio promenade is excellent to enjoy from the first warm days of spring. The wide avenue that develops parallel to the coast allows you to relax your mind savoring the scent of the sea breeze, stopping for a drink in one of the many bars or eating a fresh and delicious ice cream.
The walk runs along the avenues and Queen Margaret G. Marconi (coast side) and the streets D. Manin and G.Carducci (city side). The route, starting from Molo (and here I recommend you go to eat fish from Tito del Molo … a truly unmissable), continues along Viale Margherita in a constant succession of buildings with extraordinary features Liberty alternating with as many glimpses towards the sea, such as the beautiful “Belvedere of Masks” with the statue of Burlamacco, symbol of the Viareggio Carnival.
The beautiful avenue, however, offers the occasion to indulge in a shopping spree. They are clothing stores, footwear, Mega store and whatever you may need during the holidays. Definitely you will not go home empty-handed. Concentrated mostly along the Viale Margherita you find Benetton, Guess, Desigual, Alcott, Pinko, Yamamai and stopping Reasons maybe grab a snack from “Crepes & Cafe” or eat an ice cream at the “Gelateria Veneta” very good especially during the hot summer days. Also along Viale Margherita you are to jump from the Discworld and Mondovideo or stop to buy a book at Mondadori,
Once past the terrace of Masks, not without first having addressed a look at the wonderful seascape that presents you in all its grandeur, Via Marconi continues the parade of shops: Kiko make-up, Wave, Intimissimi, Sisley , Nara shirts and Napapijri. Here we recommend you stop for a moment to eat that delight the palate which is the Gelateria GROM.
Going back to the pier there is another important hub for shopping around the children’s park XXV Aprile. Here you will find the perfumeries Lemons and Valkyrie. Even in the area around the park there are great restaurants such as “Tomi Sushi”, the “Taverna Assassin” or the Osteria “Pazza Idea”, great places to eat before launching into unleashed torrelaghese night.
The village of Torre del Lago Puccini is well served by buses of the TPL.
The services are performed by the company CTT North (through the VaiBus consortium). The 29-30 urban lines connect, from July 1 to August 31, the center of the hamlet (Lake area) with the Navy, with a real shuttle bus service that passes from the railway station of Torre del Lago, with strokes with daily every 30 minutes from 7.40 am to 20.10 in the evening.
Two other lines, 31-32, connected every day, always with a frequency of 30 minutes, the center of the hamlet (Lake area) with Viareggio, passing through the state railway station in Torre del Lago and Viareggio.
From the center of Torre del Lago, on the Via Aurelia, you can also take advantage of the extra-urban rides to Pisa, Lucca, Montecatini, Florence, Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi and Marina di Carrara.
During the summer also, usually in the months of July and August, a night service operates called “Versilia By Night” every day, with 60-minute frequency, from 20.15 to 5.15, connects the tower of Marina Lake with Viareggio, Lido di Camaiore, Marina di Pietrasanta, Forte dei Marmi. For information on rates and schedules visit the website www.vaibus.it.
There are also other opportunities. For mountain lovers, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June to September, at 8:20 am (returning at 12.30) starts from Marina di Torre del Lago direct bus Levigliani, Alta Versilia, where you can a tour of the famous tourist cave antrum Corchia (for info www.antrocorchia.it).
Finally, to spend an evening, you can reach from Torre del Lago also the city of Livorno and the near Cecina, with a night race every weekend from July to August (for www.cortibus.it information).
TOURIST INFORMATION POINT
Viareggio Tourist Information
Viale Carducci, 10 – Viareggio
Phone +39 0584963223
In collaboration with the Comune di Viareggio. Very friendly.
Hotel booking, “last minute” and presales.
Train Station at Torre del Lago +39 0584 892021 – Viareggio +39 0584 892021 Railways Web site
BUS LAZZI Agency piazza Mazzini, Phone +39 0584 46233/4
BUS CLAP Agency piazza D’Azeglio, Phone +39 058453704
TAXI +39 0584 47000
CARABINIERI PRONTO INTERVENTO Phone 112
POLICE Phone 113
FIREMEN Phone 115
FIRST AID & AMBULANCE Phone 118
COAST LIFEGUARDS Phone +39 0584 44444
CARABINIERI Via Ugo Foscolo 88, Viareggio – Via Venezzia – Torre del Lago – Phone +39 0584 341006
POLIZIA MUNICIPALE – Police p.zza S. Antonio ang. via Garibaldi, Phone n. +39 0584 46543/4 – via D. Alighieri 21, Torre del Lago, Phone +39 0584 341333
COMUNE DI VIAREGGIO Piazza Nieri e Paolini 1, Phone n. +39 0584 9661
OSPEDALE – Hospital via Argine Vecchio, Lido di Camaiore (LU) – Phone +39 0584 6051
Port of Viareggio: +39 0584 32033 – Harbour master’s office: +39 0584 388388
Chart: 909/28, Ist. Idrografico Marina Militare Genova
Geografical position: lat. 43° 52′ N – lon. 10° 15′ E – Radio-channel: 16 VHF