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Monumento dei Quattro Mori

This monument, which is considered to be the symbol of Livorno, is both an ode to human suffering and a breathtaking piece of art.

Monumento dei Quattro Mori (Monument of the Four Moors) is Livorno’s most striking sculpture. Located at the city’s port-side entrance, many consider it to be the primary emblem of Livorno. Marvel at its construction and learn about its fascinating history.

The monument was built to remind visitors who arrived in the city by sea of the Grand Duke’s authority. Rising in the center of the monument is the statue of Ferdinand I de’ Medici, the founder of Livorno and the Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1587 to 1609.  This Carrara marble statue of the duke was created in 1599 by famous sculptor Giovanni Bandini. 

In 1626, four bronze figures of Moors chained to the bottom of the pedestal were added to the monument by Pietro Tacca. Observe their expressions and postures, which suggest the suffering and anguish caused by slavery. Tacca visited a nearby prison and selected prisoners to act as his models. Many believe the four figures represent the Ages of Man, while others see them as representations of real people. 

Note the base of the monument, which was originally decorated with Barbary military decorations, trophies and emblems. When Napoleon’s troops left the city in 1799, they took these ornaments with them. French museums have searched thoroughly for these objects, but they remain missing to this day. 

Tacca planned to install two large fountains representing marine creatures on either side of the monument. However, Cosimo II de’ Medici, the next Grand Duke of Tuscany after Ferdinand I, decided to bring them to Florence instead. The fountains still stand in Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, thought to be Florence’s most beautiful square.  

Monumento dei Quattro Mori is located on Livorno’s port. Take a walk along the harbor and enjoy spectacular views overlooking the ocean. From here, it is short walk to the city’s famous seafood market or a ferry ride to the neighboring islands of Gorgona and Capraia.


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Grand Hotel Palazzo Livorno - MGallery £89
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Grand Hotel Palazzo Livorno - MGallery

Viale Italia 195, Livorno, LI
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Livorno Aquarium, Villa Mimbelli and Museo Civico Giovanni Fattori. Italian Naval Academy and Museo di Storia Naturale del Mediterraneo are also within 15 minutes.

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    Piazza Giuseppe Micheli, 16-18, Livorno, LI
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Livorno, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Monumento dei Quattro Mori and Port of Livorno. Cathedral of Livorno and Palazzo Grande are also within 10 minutes.

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      Agave in città

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      Scali Rosciano 2, Livorno, Provincia di Livorno
         
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        Situated in the historical district, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Cathedral of Livorno and Fortezza Nuova. Port of Livorno and Cimitero degli Inglesi are also within 15 minutes.

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        Via Grande 65, Livorno, LI
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chiesa dei Greci Uniti and Port of Livorno. Cisternino di Citta and Palazzo Grande are also within 5 minutes. Livorno Central Station is 26 minutes by foot.

          Albergo Cavour £41
          Albergo Cavour

          Albergo Cavour

          Via Adua 10, Livorno, Provincia di Livorno
             
            1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cimitero degli Inglesi and Port of Livorno. Chiesa di San Giorgio and Museo Mascagnano are also within 10 minutes.

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            Hotel Europa

            Via Dell'Angiolo 23, via dell'Angiolo 23, Livorno, Livorno
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chiesa dei Greci Uniti and Port of Livorno. Cisternino di Citta and Palazzo Comunale are also within 5 minutes. Livorno Central Station is 26 minutes by foot.

              Residence Gran Duca
              Residence Gran Duca

              Residence Gran Duca

              Via Enrico Tellini, 5, Livorno, LI
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Monumento dei Quattro Mori and Port of Livorno. Sinagoga Ebraica and Cathedral of Livorno are also within 5 minutes.

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                Apartment Overlooking the Duomo in Piazza Grande in Livorno

                Apartment Overlooking the Duomo in Piazza Grande in Livorno

                Livorno, Tuscany
                   
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                  Situated in Livorno, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Palazzo Grande and Port of Livorno. Cathedral of Livorno and Sinagoga Ebraica are also within 5 minutes. Livorno Central Station is 30 minutes by foot.