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How are the Chariots of the Carnival of Viareggio?

We discover along with It's Tuscany

The area of Lucca and Pescia is renowned for the production of paper. In fact, many paper mills that operate in these areas.

But what has this to do with the famous Viareggio Carnival?

Not everyone knows that to achieve large wagons do you need tons of sheets of newspaper, mixed with glue, water and flour. An ancient art whose secrets are handed down from generation to generation.

Papier-mâché, the raw material with which they get the wagons, was invented by the Dutch painter and Builder from Viareggio Antonio D Arliano in 1925. This has made it possible to create larger works, but at the same time read.

The magic place, this craft technique all Made in Tuscany, is the Citadel of Viareggio, where craftsmen-artists live, throughout the year, the large floats parading during carnival time.


The masters can make paper mache tank thanks to Viareggio, veritable travelling theatres.

Works of art full of unmistakable irony Tuscany, high more than 20 meters, creating a pure entertainment on the streets of Viareggio when parading during carnival time.

The colorful floats are made to impress, to make people laugh and also to reflect the public.

The festive machines are allegories that reflect the political, economic and social life of our country, in a playful and provocative.

Unique in the world, the Chariots of Viareggio have a spectacular impact crazy: the music, the panache of appearing on board, coupled with the spectacular nature of the movements, which defy the laws of physics.