Livorno travel guide

Your Tuscany adventure wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Livorno!  It’s unique in that as a port city it has been the landing spot for visiting cultures from around the word.  You’ll find it’s history is well represented here as the cross cultural influences still exit to this day. The dress, the cuisine, the art, the people reflect those who journeyed to this port city to escape religious persecution or to become part of the larger culture.

Livorno, Quartiere Il Pontino

Livorno, Quartiere Il Pontino

It’s like a smorgasbord of cultural delight and a must see stop if you’re visiting Italy.   Livorno’s history for most started around the 1400s originally called Liburna it really goes back to the time of Rome.  Owned for over 300 years by the Medici family it was modified by them into one of the world’s most important ports.

Places to visit are numerous and unforgettable.  There’s the Fossi Mediceri a giant moat from the 1600s and was originally designed as a defensive structure for the city.  The Venezia Nuova with it’s canals and originally designed so that people and their goods could be easily transported through the city.  The Mercato delle Vettovaglie one of the real must see markets in the world is a covered market built in the late 1800s.  Of course the Seafront is over 9 kilometers long with beaches and just astoundingly beautiful.  You name it and they have it on this famous stretch of seascape.

That’s just a smattering of the sites to see in Livorno.  You’ll find all the latest conveniences for your stay from fine hotels and villas and of course some of the best restaurants and bistros in the known world.  You’ve got several forms of transportation to get you around from gondolas to taxis, bikes, rental cars and more.

You’ll find the people friendly and open and very helpful as they love to show off their history.

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