promenade that embraces the sea,
Livorno welcomes sea passengers and
tourists with open arms. Here visitors
can enjoy rest and relaxation all along
the coast, while the city’s characteristic
streets and the canals provide shelter
from the strong sea winds.
The two Mediciean fortresses are still
standing and look over Livorno’s inhabitants.
The city was founded by the Medici
who populated it by granting pardons to
As a result, these people
could live here without fear of persecution,
this sense of freedom and exuberance
can still be found in the descendants
of the city’s founders.
Although Livorno is “young” compared
to other Tuscan cities (it was built in
the 16th century) it is no less fascinating.
Visitors should wander around the
streets of the “Venezia” quarter, with its
The attraction of
city is evoked in the words of one of its
famous citizens, the poet Giorgio Caproni:
“Anima mia, leggera va’ a Livorno, ti
prego…..” [my soul, go lightly to Livorno,
I pray thee…”]
Where to go, typicall and cultural destinations
It is possible to take a relaxing tour of
the “Fossi” (canals) and discover the city
from water-level, seeing places that are
hidden from the view of pedestrians
and cars, visitors can also explore the old
“cantine” storehouses once used to store
goods from incoming vessels and now
turned to a variety of uses.
Alternatively, enjoy an open-top bus tour, with guides
who speak a range of languages.
It should not be forgotten that Livorno
was also the home of such famous artists
as the painters, Modigliani and Fattori,
and the composer Mascagni whose
works are evocative of Mediterranean
sentiments and creativity.
The Musei Civici include a broad spectrum
of Mediterranean history from modern
works to ancient relics.
The city also
boasts a fine new Aquarium of Livorno that is the
second largest in Italy.