Top attractions 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
We were somewhat worried about this trip as we had always trips organised by the cruise ship. We were pleasantly reassured at the meeting point by the female agent who was excellent, we were surprised to find we were traveling by double decker especially as my wife and I have walking difficulties but we found seats downstairs. However, no designated disabled seats. The trip to Pisa considering the dreadful weather, heavy rain, was uneventful and safe. We were a little confused by the map supplied and walked an extra 500metres in heavy rain also there is a reasonable walk from the bus park, which it would be useful to know before we booked. The return was not so good we were given conflicting times to leave, printed on the leaflet it was 1pm but this was contradicted by the agent who said 1.15pm. The knock on effect was that most people arrived back at 1pm we were back by 1.10pm to find the only available seats were upstairs. There was no attempt to help us climb the stairs!
My one big splurge for this trip was to hire a private driver/guide to take me to Cinque Terre. I am so happy I spent the money for a private tour. Adriano was such a joy to spend a day with. He was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to make things perfect for me. I told him I was looking forward to octopus for lunch and he arranged reservations at a wonderful restaurant with an amazing seafood salad and the best grilled octopus I have had. He made sure I was comfortable exploring on my own by drawing me maps and giving clear directions. I was worried about going off on my own but I really wanted to. Adriano provided everything I needed to explore these amazing places with confidence by myself (and with him in a couple places) I get this kind of attention when I visit out-of-town friends. I never imagined that Adriano would be my new friend who wanted to make my 10 hour journey forever memorable. He succeeded. Treat yourself and book w/ Adriano. Grazie, Adriano!
Highly recommend seeing the town of Lucca. I would never have considered it but as the bus option came with seeing Pisa I gave it a go and I’m very glad I did. There are a lot of sights to see in the 3hrs you have there - in fact I wish I had more time there. Highlight for me was the Guinigi Tower. A few stairs to climb - around 250 - but the view at the top is just magic. Full 360 degree view of the city. Plus you can shade under the oak trees growing from the top. I felt the Pisa stop was a little rushed, considering you have to shuttle or walk the 10-15min to the tower - but if you’re only there to have the quickest whip around, then it’s fine. The bus ride is very comfortable and easy to get to the pick up location. I travelled on a cruise and our shuttle took us straight to the pick up point, but it would be easy to get to the square if you had accommodation in another spot. The 10.30am start is also quite nice for a sleep in!
Stefano contacted us before the trip to coordinate and was friendly. We asked if we could meet slightly later as our kids were tired from Rome and Stefano immediately responded and accommodated. Stefano was extremely knowledgeable about the area, buildings in Pisa, and Lucca and genuinely seemed to love the area. He helped us with tickets to Pisa and which route and how much time to take. He then took us to a leisurely day in Lucca. He knew the bike rental. shop and directed us to bike the wall which was great and easy. A highlight of the trip. He accommodated our requests to stop for liquor and wine/oil and took us to a great reserved restaurant and even recommended menu items. He gave us a map and directed us to explore at our own pace and coordinate to meet him. It was a great time and Stefano put us at east the entire time. Thank you!
I truly enjoyed this tour with Alicia as our guide and Pammela helping us out in the main office. Our ship was very late to port and they were more than accommodating to our group. They went above and beyond helping us see all our chosen sites and they facilitated Accademia tickets which was a dream come true! Thank you so much Alicia!! You made this trip so memorable. And thank you to Pammela who helped us so much from the office.