Carnevale of Viareggio

Carnevale of Viareggio

2018 marks 145 years of life for the Carnevale of Viareggio! Buy your tickets for the event at the Il Ciocco writing to

Undoubtedy one of the most celebrated events in Italy attracting more than 600 thousand spectators every year to the beautiful Versilia coastline, to witness the magical grand parade of the giant, allegorical, papier-mâché floats that have made Viareggio's Master Builders famous worldwide.


On the program are five Carnival Masked Parades.


From January 27 the city transforms itself into a factory of fun with parades of papier-mâché giants accompanied by the dance of hundreds of masked performers, late night parties, fireworks, balls, theatrical performances, and world sporting events.


The Calendar. Here is the program of the Carnival’s Masked Parades where the master builders, who are always researching the best technical solutions to astonish the public, will address, with distinguishing pungent satire, current event themes.


Saturday, January 27 – 4:00 pm

1st Carnival Masked Parade - Grand Fireworks Show

Sunday, February 4 – 3:00 pm

2nd Carnival Masked Parade

Sunday, February 11 – 3:00 pm

3rd Carnival Masked Parade 

Tuesday, February 13 – 5:00 pm

4th Carnival Masked Parade - Night Parade of Mardi Gras

Saturday, February 17 – 5:00 pm

5th Carnival Masked Parade (Night Parade) – Award Ceremony and Grand Fireworks Show


General admission ticket presale: online and at Vivaticket retail outlets.

It is also possible to purchase your ticket online for the Masked Parade of your choice by selecting from those on the program without indicating
which date will be attended.

More info on tickets

The origins. The Carnevale of Viareggio was born in 1873 with its first parade of festively decorated carriages on the via Regia, in the heart of the historic city. The parade or carnevale was then transferred sea side at the beginning of the 20th century and saw growth in both size and popularity year after year. The newly born RAI transmitted its first live taping of the Carnevale of Viareggio, creating a large media event. In 1958, news of the parade of floats was transmitted in Eurovision.