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Exclusive harbours, long sandy beaches and trendy boutiques
Head to the beautiful Tuscan Riviera, dotted with colourful fishing villages and shuttered houses. Viareggio is the region’s largest town, a popular seaside resort with long sandy beaches, verdant pine forests, stunning architecture and a traditional harbour. Or head to stylish Forte dei Marmi with its sprawling beaches, tree-lined boulevards and fashion shops.
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Best time to visit Tuscan Riviera
From May to October. However for touring and sightseeing, the quieter periods of the year are best. Beaches and outdoor swimming pools are closed from November to March.
Tuscan Riviera holiday highlights
This popular seaside resort is the Riviera’s largest town and it offers long sandy beaches, verdant pine forests, classic architecture and a traditional harbour. The resort is renowned for its long history of ship-building and its annual carnival which features five days of lively processions and remarkable papier-mâché floats that can reach up to five storeys high and take a year to construct.
Viareggio is also a great base for exploring the charming nearby village of Pietrasanta, an artists’ community that is famous for its marble workshops; the medieval walled city of Lucca; and Torre del Lago which is world-famous for its summer Puccini festival that is held in an open-air theatre overlooking the lake.