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Livorno, Italy

Livorno is in Tuscany. It was traditionally called Leghorn in English, but that name is mostly restricted to a breed of chickens, nowadays.

Livorno

is on the Tyrrhenian sea in Italy. It is the third-largest port on the western coast. Upper-Class travelers heading to Rome in the days of the Grand Tour would often go by sea to "Leghorn" from Marseilles or Genoa. This explains in large part the presence of a substantial English cemetery in the town.

Livorno has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate. Summers have warm days with the heat lingering on throughout the night, hence going above the subtropical threshold in spite of its relatively high latitude. Winters are... Read more

Livorno, Italy

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Livorno is in Tuscany. It was traditionally called Leghorn in English, but that name is mostly restricted to a breed of chickens, nowadays.

Livorno

is on the Tyrrhenian sea in Italy. It is the third-largest port on the western coast. Upper-Class travelers heading to Rome in the days of the Grand Tour would often go by sea to "Leghorn" from Marseilles or Genoa. This explains in large part the presence of a substantial English cemetery in the town.

Livorno has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate. Summers have warm days with the heat lingering on throughout the night, hence going above the subtropical threshold in spite of its relatively high latitude. Winters are mild for the latitude due to the influence from the Mediterranean Sea. 

 


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Livorno, Italy: Port Information


Many cruise ships stop here for at least a full day to allow guests to tour Florence and/or Pisa. Guests not taking cruise ship arranged tours can take a shuttle (supplied by the port) to the downtown area. It offers a decent shopping experience, but not compared to Florence. A further 10-20 minute walk (or another bus ride) gets you to a train station. There you can take frequent departures for either Pisa or Florence. Many experts advise seeing Florence or Pisa on a one-day port visit by cruise ship. Though some tours claim to cover both, you'll get no more than a rushed look at a few icons... and if you're too early or late for any, it may well be closed.

If hoping for maximum time in Florence...
  • Take an early cab (perhaps shared with another couple) from your ship to and from the Livorno train station.
  • At the station, ask for a train that goes to the Firenze Santa Maria Novella. Locals will happily help.

Get around Livorno, Italy


By bus

Bus number 1 is a shuttle from the train station to the port and vice-versa. For self-reliant cruise passengers, this is part of the most economical way to reach trains to Pisa and Florence.

By bike

Livorno and the surrounding area is very flat, which means that cycling is almost as popular as it is in the Netherlands. When walking, beware of the tendency of the locals to cycle on sidewalks and to cycle the wrong way down a one-way street.

  • Bikes can be rented from Green Bikes at Scali del Corso, 7 in the Venice Quarter. 

By car

Once you have arrived at the center nearly everything can be visited on foot or bike. Driving around is not recommended, not least because the local police are very vigilant and will rapidly give you a ticket if you are parked in the wrong place. There are several large Parking places to leave your vehicle during your stay and many hotels also offer to park.

What to see in Livorno, Italy


  • Quattro Mori

  • Museo Civico Giovanni Fattori 
  • Old English Cemetery

    (Oldest in Italy, open on reservation). For info call Misericordia: 0586/897324 or write an email to Association Livorno delle Nazioni.
  • Acquario Comunale "D. Cestoni" 
  • Tuscan islands.
Other museums: 
  • Funicolare di Montenero one of the few cable railways still in service (another one is in Montecatini Terme near Pistoia).
  • Venice Quarter. This is a small area of canals between the city and the sea, hence its name. Very pleasant to wander around.
  • New Fortress. Built by the Medici family to provide additional protection for the city to that provided by an older fortress closer to the sea. Good views of the canals from on top of the fortress but little to see in the fortress itself as much was destroyed in WW2. Free.

What to do in Livorno, Italy


Spas

  • San Giovanni's spa. The San Giovanni Spa, overlooking the Gulf of Portoferraio, stands on an area of 5 hectares of marshland which yields a silt with high therapeutic potential, making this spa establishment the only Thalassotherapy center in the Western Mediterranean.
  • Venturina's spa. The thermal waters Venturina were known by the Etruscans and Romans, hence the name "Aquae Populoniae. Flow at 45 ° Celsius throughout the year, with constant flow, and are classified as calcium-magnesium-sulfate-bicarbonate-alkalines.

What to eat and drink in Livorno, Italy


Eat

  • Cacciucco - fish stew
  • Riso nero - Black rice risotto darkened with squid ink

Mid-range

  • Trattoria Sottomarino, Via dei Terrazzini 48/50 - ph. +39 0586 887025 - Close to Piazza della Repubblica and Fortezza Nuova (Venezia District). Fish cuisine, don't miss the gorgeous cacciucco - Closed on MO and TU.
  • Cantina Senese, Borgo Cappuccini 95 - ph. +39 0586 211604 - famous for cacciucco and black rice.
  • Osteria La Volpe e l'uva, Viale Caprera 11 (in the Venice Quarter), ☎ 0586 885033NOCC. Innovative cooking blended with some traditional Livornese and Tuscan dishes. 

Splurge

Drink

"Ponce alla livornese" is optimal to finish a meal (warm drink with coffee and rum).

Shopping in Livorno, Italy


Designer clothes and accessories, art, books, food, jewelry, souvenirs, and even more - Livorno offers excellent shopping opportunities for every taste and budget. 

Safety in Livorno, Italy


Livorno is safe. Nevertheless, you should always use your common sense as in any other city. 
Pickpocketing is possible, so always stay alert and watch your belongings. Don't demonstrate your wealth and be polite.

Language spoken in Livorno, Italy


Italian is the official language. English is widely spoken in tourist places.

LOCAL TIME

4:47 am
June 17, 2019
Europe/Rome

CURRENT WEATHER

19.83 °C / 67.694 °F
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Mon

22.45 °C/72 °F
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Tue

21.94 °C/71 °F
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Wed

21.65 °C/71 °F
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Thu

22.95 °C/73 °F
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