Cittadella del Carnevale

Cittadella del Carnevale, Viareggio: Address, Cittadella del Carnevale Reviews: 4.5/5

Cittadella del Carnevale
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564norm
Sydney, Australia343 contributions
Fantastic displays and a great vibe
Feb 2020
We were there for one night and were lucky to see the Carnevale, the floats were fantastic, the colour and vibe was great and the people were so friendly. A must see if you are around at Carnival time.
Written February 21, 2020
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Patricia M
San Francisco, CA6 contributions
Fantastic!
Jul 2019
The most important place in Viareggio and worth your time if you are interested in the intersection of art, politics, history and street celebration. The origins of Carnevale pre date Christian times and have roots in bacchanal and buffoonery. This all year round museum houses the enormous festival floats that compete in the February- 4 day party. There are photos, articles, artifact. renderings and scale models since the 1920's capturing the imagination and the pressing social concerns of each era. You might see cold war era satire with huge Kissinger, Kruschev, absurd Brexit figures, savage or foolish Donald Trump or the Rolling Stones blown up to the size of a small building, Snow White battling environmental collapse. Las Vegas consuming its young! The floats are thronged with costumed performers and musicians celebrated here too. If you are lucky you might see a float build in process.
There is a local bus to the nearby shopping center 1 block away or take a taxi. Anyone interested in the process of art, its reflection of society or experience the Italian's love-hate relationship with celebrity or politics will enjoy this small museum. We were lucky enough that the ticket taker explained many of the past winners paths to success and the importance of carnevale to the whole community who works behind the scenes or as chorus members. My father brought me here in the early 70's when I was 10 years old and I never forgot it, I am thrilled they are going strong!
Written August 6, 2019
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lynette_cypress
Boise, ID351 contributions
Neat to see the huge floats up close - and the giant "garages" they're stored in
Mar 2019 • Friends
I went over the morning before the parade and really enjoyed seeing all the floats lined up and coming out of the giant stalls. There was a lot of activity, mustic playing, fun atmosphere. But it didn't take long to see everything - maybe 15 minutes. There's a coffee bar there for refreshments. There are restooms, but no paper. I didn't go to the museum, and i'm not sure what's open and accessible outside of Carnevale season - but i'm glad i went.
Written March 19, 2019
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meg w
10 contributions
Interesting
Sep 2018 • Couples
Spent a couple of hours looking round this place.
It is not open very often and not until 4- 0' clock in the afternoon so visit needs careful planning.
The staff were extremely helpful and tried to explain in limited English the exhibits there.
We tried to see the carnival a few years ago but it was rained off,it was interesting therefore to see just what we had misse
Written October 2, 2018
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MauMaf
Berlin, Germany20 contributions
the ultimate temple of Papier Machè Art
Feb 2018
This is the place where the famous carnival floats of Viareggio are made. Its a special place as one can feel and breath the real world of Viareggio carnival. There are 16 warehouses where the local "carristi" (papier mache masters) build their magic floats. there is also a museum, a restaurant and a souvenir shop. the architectural structure of the Cittadella is very unique and spectacular, infact it's the location of several events and shows in summer.
Written October 2, 2018
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Steve H
Axminster, UK67 contributions
Check before you go
Sep 2018
Sharing this as we were disappointed since we didn't check opening times ahead of our trip and it was closed. As a previous reviewer has commented, they are really difficult to find. The website is poor. This review is for caution only and not as a rating for the attraction itself.
Written October 1, 2018
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carolinelowe53
London, UK20 contributions
Cittadella
Sep 2018 • Couples
What an amazing place this is!! So underated. So much to see & do! Not over expensive & definitely off the tourist guide! Easy to get to, train from treviso appro 40mins. Be aware train timetable if it reads non Circular it means that that train is not running that day. But straight forward from cittadella station just follow road & turn right takes you straight into walled city. Plenty of inexpensive restaurants. Great for families, medival re-enactment (although that maybe Sunday’s only check first) city wall walk, play area for children, museums & so much more!! See pics!!
Written September 24, 2018
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l0vinglife0ntheg0
Lucca, Italy80 contributions
Open Hours
Jun 2018 • Friends
Interesting museum.

Opening hours are hard to find. Open as follows:

The Carnival Museum and the Carnevalotto Museum of Contemporary Art
can be visited at the following times

WINTER TIME

10 September - June Saturday and Sunday from 16:00 to 19

SPECIAL OPENINGS
Sundays and Tuesdays of fashion shows from 09.30 to 11.30

SUMMER HOURS

Friday-Saturday-Sunday from 9.30 to 12.30
Written June 16, 2018
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BlueTravels
Jacksonville, FL411 contributions
Thoroughly enjoyable...
Feb 2018 • Couples
This is a great, fun, place especially for people who have attended a Carnevale masked parade. Often, at least during Carnevale season, at least a few hanger doors are open so you can peek in at the floats.

The museum is definitely worth a look. One floor has models and paintings of past floats and the second floor features original contemporary artwork, in various mediums, presented to the winners (and subsequently donated back to the museum by the winners.)

The staff was friendly and helpful and there is a restaurant in the compound.

My only complaints are how hard it is to find / get to, and that I could not find the hours on the website. It is really not walkable with busy roads and roundabouts required to get there. I tried once on a bike and found the compound closed. I went again in a rental car and found the museum closed. Finally, we found both open on the Sunday morning after the last parade. It took persistence but it was worth it.
Written March 9, 2018
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Angelawotzername
Northwich, UK182 contributions
Carnival capital! Must see
Feb 2017
I came to Viareggio specifically for carnival in Feb 2017. The citadels a was a must see destination to see the home of the floats and artists studios...they tend to be open morning and afternoons but shut during siesta times midday-2pm...it was hard to find information about the opening times locally as its off the usual tourist trails but well worth a visit during carnival season...Feb-March annually. There's a fab cafe/ restaurant on site for lunch,tea and it was busy when we visited, also a shop for community produced paper mâché art.the museums on site and that's a great insight into the process of creating the floats and carnival heads....hundreds of models from past floats, photos etc. We also had an official welcome from the organisation and met the carnival president - this was very useful but not a standard service. There's 0ver 10 hangers on the complex and there's ussually 3-6 open to view the current floats it varies each day. Outside of the studios there are disguarded casts and some past creations. The weather led to cancellation of carnival one day and citadels hosted activity:music and dance so the floats could be viewed without being damaged for the season which was great....it's very popular site the days before carnival parades ,occasional workshops available in a teaching workshop space...there was a visiting biker ride out one day, hundreds of bikes...which added to the excitement. Location is well signposted for cars,bikes to find good road signs, walking it's on outskirts of the city centre a good 30 min walk and is set off a busy carriageway so be careful at roundabout junction as the pavement disappears at some point.buses are very regular to citadel a from the town centre a few euros...drops you off at small shopping centre with 2min walk to the citadels next door. Toilets on site, most facilities are level access for push chair, wheelchairs apart from the museum and galleries which are 2 stories up
Written September 8, 2017
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