Top attractions in Livorno
7 things to do in Livorno
The city of Livorno is on the western coast of Tuscany and is the second largest city in Tuscany. A port city, Livorno has long enjoyed a history of enchanting visitors with it's art, winding roads, and local wines.
1. Sanctuary of Montenero
The religious complex of the Sanctuary of Montenero is maintained by monks and enjoys the ranking of Basilica. Don't miss the grottos behind the shrines where legend has it--robbers once hid.
2. Terrazza Mascagni
Visit the Terrazza Mascagni for one of the most gorgeous sunsets in Livorno. Beautiful in sunshine and rain, the Terrazza is perfect for a sea-side stroll. A favorite spot of locals as well, it's not a bad place to set up an impromptu picnic after a day of sightseeing.
3. Fortezza Nuova
The Fortezza Nuova is--you guessed it--a onetime fort, now transformed into a park for locals and tourists alike. The 16th century structure is surrounded by water and boasts picnic spots and lots of shade.
4. Cavallino Matto
If you're looking for fun for the family, look no further. The Cavallino Matto is the largest amusement park in all of Tuscany. Whether you want rides, live shows, or just some cotton candy, you'll find that the Manfredi family (who owns the park) will take care of you well.
5. The Port
Where else can you feel the ghost of millions of tons of cargo? The port of Livorno sees nearly 30 million tons of cargo each year. Take a boardwalk jaunt and see the ships that transport many of your favorite Italian foodstuffs around the world.
6. Fortezza Vecchia
A truly remarkable national treasure, the Fortezza Vecchia offers sea views and is a great place to take the kids; the grounds are enjoyable to walk and not too tiring.
7. Nuova Venezia
One of the only quarters to remain preserved after World War II, Nuova Venezia will give you a taste of a long lost Italy. Come for a concert and stay for a drink, Nuova Venezia is a mainstay of Livorno's culture.
Planning Your Visit
Where to Stay in Livorno?
Stay near the bustling Nuova Venezia. Located in the city center, the neighborhood hosts a range of activities year round. You don't have to look too hard to find local fruit and vegetable vendors, and at night watch as the quarter comes alive with the low hum of Italian voices regaling stories to one another.
How to Get Around Livorno?
There are fifteen bus lines in Livorno and tickets are available at local newspaper kiosks. The city buses are one of the cheapest ways to cover the most ground in Livorno. Of course, you can also take taxis or walk around the town.
When to go to Livorno?
June through October are the hottest months in Livorno and while you may find yourself roasting in July and August if you're not a fan of the high 90s range of temperatures, Livorno has a lot to offer all summer long. From concerts to cabarets, summer in Livorno means never a dull moment. You can even catch rowing races from April through August.
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- April through October are lively in Livorno. The city is nice year round, but temperatures decrease a bit in winter months and you might get more sun and music in the summer months. Still, even in the rainy fall and early spring, Livorno has that famous Tuscan charm.
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What people are saying about Livorno
Caught the shuttle bus (there is a cost which you can pay on the bus) from the cruise ship. Dropped us in Livorno where staff were waiting for us. Enjoyable and informative coach trip to Florence (If you haven't got people talking around you all the time) (You aren't allowed to move seats). A sip of wine and a morsel of food took time which would have been better spent walking around Florence. Guide was very helpful telling us a route to take through Florence. In Pisa we weren't there long enough to get tickets to visit the Cathedral (timed tickets ours were for 5.15pm but we had to meet up again at 5pm). Ticket office is on you right as you enter the Cathedral square.
I had the BEST time EVER, the guide was SUPER knowledgeable and made sure we had an amazing time. We felt well taken care of. I have been on many excursions and this was definitely the best. I would highly recommend and I'm definitely looking into booking more excursions in the future! It was definitely worth the price and I made it back to my cruise in time!
This was the 3rd time we used Get Your Guide on this trip and it did not disappoint! I only regret not getting a guide for Pompeii and only utilizing GYG for transportation. Florence and Pisa would not have been nearly as great without our superb guide!!!
It’s a whirlwind trying to see two places in that short amount of time. A lot of the time is eaten up by parking and walking to the meeting places. We had 1 hr in Pisa, but had to park 15 minutes away and walk in so we ended up with only 30 minutes
Florence is a wonderful city! Our guide was amazing, she gave us all the required information to enjoy the tour. We arrived perfectly on time back to our ship.