5 places to see near Viareggio

Viareggio is an excellent starting point to visit some of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany. In the vicinity, a world rich in history, art, breathtaking landscapes, and authentic traditions of Versilia unfolds.

Pisa
Lucca
Cinque Terre
Garfagnana
Versilia

Pisa

Pisa, the tower, and more

Just 20 kilometers from Viareggio is Pisa, an essential stop on a Tuscan itinerary. In addition to the famous Leaning Tower, it’s worth visiting Piazza dei Miracoli with its Cathedral and Baptistery. But wandering through the streets of the historic center reveals charming and authentic views, with picturesque cafes and artisan shops. Giardino Scotto and Lungarno offer tranquil views of the Arno River and a different perspective from the lively square.

Lucca

Lucca and its medieval atmosphere

Lucca is about 30 kilometers east of Viareggio and is a town with a medieval atmosphere surrounded by historic walls. It’s recommended to rent a bike and ride along the perimeter of the walls to get a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. Lucca’s historic center is a labyrinth of cobblestone alleys, charming squares, and historic churches. The Cathedral of San Martino and the Guinigi Tower, with its hanging gardens, are must-visit landmarks. Lucca is also known for its musical tradition and numerous events and festivals throughout the year.

Cinque Terre

A jump to Liguria to the Cinque Terre

Less than an hour’s train ride from Viareggio are the Cinque Terre, one of the jewels of the Ligurian coast. These five towns overlooking the Ligurian Sea — Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore — offer a unique experience. Connected by scenic trails, trains, and boats, these coastal towns are famous for their colorful houses clinging to cliffs, breathtaking views, and the clear waters of the eastern riviera. In the area, you can also visit Porto Venere, which is not part of the Cinque Terre but offers breathtaking views.

Garfagnana

Garfagnana

For an authentic Tuscan experience, turn your gaze inland and discover the mountainous region of Garfagnana. This area offers breathtaking landscapes, well-preserved medieval villages, and a tranquility that seems suspended in time. Visit Barga, with its cathedral and charming alleyways, or cross the Devil’s Bridge in Borgo a Mozzano. Hiking through the woods and hills provides spectacular views and direct contact with nature.

Versilia

Versilia

You can also explore the inland of Versilia to discover a lesser known but equally fascinating Tuscany: take a walk along scenic trails and visit small villages like Camaiore and Pietrasanta, particularly famous for its art workshops and numerous outdoor artworks.