We have always found that different ways of life in other countries have good or indifferent effects on us and we try to see the best in people wherever we visit. Viareggio is a very pleasant place to be for a while and has a calm and relaxing feel to it. We used public transport, trains and buses to visit Florence, Lucca and Pisa and were met with good manners and politeness from the staff looking after us on our journeys. - Wandering around the towns little streets and ally's was enjoyable as we could stop for something to eat or drink with the locals all of whom greeted us with a nod or smile. There is a warmth about these people. Given that Italian people have a flair for fashion and style it was refreshing to see that in Viareggio,where there are designer clothes shops along the main seafront area, people who were were strolling along dressed in expensive garments/dresses ect: had no so called "bling" attitude at all, they were just enjoying life. They do not need to dress to impress! We stayed at the Grand Hotel Royal which was built in the 1920's and has all the elegance and class you would expect from that era in the open spaces overall. Our room was large and a little basic but very functional and there were a few knocks and scrapes here and there but just think of all the amazing and interesting people who over the many years may have spent a few hours resting there. We thought it added to the charm. The hotel staff who dealt with us all spoke English an we had no issues with communication at all throughout our stay. As usual, as in any hotel, there were a few little niggles along the way but nothing major and if you can see into the bigger picture you will find this hotel meets it's critic's head on. So, Viareggio and the Grand hotel Royal. Would we visit again? Yes we would.