The Venice of Tuscany
Livorno is a charming city located on the Western coast of Tuscany and is considered the 3rd most important port of Italy.
Don’t expect a medieval town centre as in other Tuscan cities, but be prepared for a port city with great seafood, a charming Venezia-style quarter with canals and beaches that stretch south from the city.
Like every port city, Livorno has always been a crossroads and melting pot of the world’s cultures and owes its fascinating charm to this multiethnic aspect. The generosity of the Gran duchy of Tuscany made the city of Livorno a secure refuge for many communities forced to leave their countries due to ethnic, racial, religious or political persecution. So Jews, Armenian and Greeks strongly contributed to the cultural and intellectual development of the city.
Its origins date back maybe to prehistoric times, while many Etruscan and Roman remains have been found close by. During the 16th century, the Medici Family contributed in the development of the city and its sea port, charging the renowned artist Buontalenti with the construction of a new fortified city with fosses and bastions, that gave Livorno the aspect that we can see today.
If you visit Livorno with kids, one of the attractions you should see is the Aquarium or for a romantic evening, an evocative place is the Terrazza Mascagni, a great chessboard-style terrace made of many white and black tiles located along Viale Italia, separated from the sea by an elegant parapet with columns.
From Livorno, there are many ferries leaving to Corsica and Sardinia, as well as the beautiful island sanctuaries of Capraia and Gorgona, part of the Tuscan Archipelago.
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