Viareggio Carnival
and the Foundation

The Viareggio Carnival begins with the tradition of the Parades on Shrove Tuesday in 1873. Thanks to the initiative of artists and organizers, it has grown in popularity, attracting visitors from around the world.

The Carnival is a tribute to creativity: artists and craftsmen come together to bring to life spectacular allegorical floats, turning the parades into a showcase of talent and imagination. Blending traditional elements with modern techniques and technologies, the Viareggio Carnival is a harmonious fusion of past and present, innovation and tradition.

The floats are true works of art that offer a unique and satirical perspective on contemporary society, providing entertainment but also food for thought.

Ultimately, the Carnival acts as a catalyst for community cohesion. Annually, the community comes together in a festive atmosphere, sharing laughter, joy, and creating bonds that extend beyond the celebration itself.


The Viareggio Carnival Foundation

The Viareggio Carnival Foundation has been organizing the event since 1987. Its task is to manage the event, upholding the artistic, historical, and cultural values of the tradition. Its mission also includes the enhancement of the Citadel and its Museums.

Carnival ticket office

The ticket office is located at the Carnival Citadel on Via Santa Maria Goretti 5, 55049 Viareggio (Lucca).


Ticket office contact details

Phone: +39 0584 580740

Group booking for the allegorical float parades: +39 0584 580741

Foundation offices and contacts

The offices of the Viareggio Carnival Foundation are located at the Carnival Citadel, Via Santa Maria Goretti 5, 55049 Viareggio (Lucca).

Office Hours

From October 1st to April 30th
Monday to Thursday: 8 am – 1 pm and 3 pm – 6 pm
Friday: 8 am – 1 pm and 3 pm – 5 pm
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays

From May 1st to September 30th
Monday to Friday: 8 am – 3 pm and 5 pm – 7 pm
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays

Foundation contact details

Phone  +39 0584 5807

Foundation governance

The President of the Viareggio Carnival Foundation is Maria Lina Marcucci.

The Board of Directors consists of:

Marco Szorenyi – vice president
Velia Chiericoni
Monica Guidi
Paride Pieraccini

The Advisory Board consists of:

Beatrice Taccola – president
Manuela Granaiola
Lorenzo Pagnini
Giampaolo Simi
Ilaria Tosi