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A coastal city on the Tyrrhenian Sea, featuring a lively nightlife, historic villas, and a famed yearly paper mache carnival.

Viareggio is a city and commune in northern Tuscany, Italy, on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is known as a seaside resort as well as being the home of the famous carnival of Viareggio (dating back to 1873), and its papier-mache floats, which (since 1925), parade along the promenade known as "Passeggiata a mare". The city traces its roots back to the first half of the 16th century when it became the only gate to the sea for the Republic of Lucca. The oldest building in Viareggio, known as Torre Matilde, dates back to this time and was built by the Lucchesi in 1541.
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