One day in Livorno

Most of the inquiries I get about Livorno are from travelers arriving by cruise ship who want help planning one day in the area. I wouldn’t consider Livorno to be one of Italy’s top destinations, but that can be a good thing because it means fewer tourists! The city was heavily bombed during WWII and is being gradually rebuilt, but there is easily enough to fill a satisfying day.

March 4

One day in the city of Livorno:

  • Walk along the sea, and don’t miss the Terrazza Mascagni (photo above).
  • Visit the vibrant central market.
  • Explore the Medicea port and visit the 11th century fort, Fortezza Vecchia, whose Matilde Tower has a great view of both port and city from the top.
  • Walk along (or take a ride on) one of Livorno’s canals.
  • Take the no. 2 bus to Montenero, an atmospheric village on a hill (ride the funicular) just south of the city.

There are several famous Italian cities an easy day trip from Livorno, including Florence, Lucca, and Pisa


If none of the above grabs your attention however, and you’re somewhat of an independent traveler, there is a lot to do in the area: visit small towns in Tuscany, shop at an outlet mall, soak in thermal waters, lie on a gorgeous beach, explore vibrant markets, or have lunch at Italy’s smallest restaurant (max capacity: 2 people). If you need planning help, contact me.

Photo by Eric Perrone

Italy map with Livorno


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