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.
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.
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
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