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The second largest city in Tuscany is a port town with a difference. It boasts the best seafood you will find anywhere on the Tyrrhenian coast but it's the Venetian quarter that sets it truly apart. Amidst the crumbling historic quarter you will find Venetian-style canals to explore and the whole area is packed with trendy bars, cafes and restaurants. Livorno is a place to hang out with nonchalant élan amidst the ruins of history and the gentle drift of water. Its pebbly beaches add another dimension to the things to see and do here, fronted as they are by the town's elegant Belle Époque facades.
Porto Mediceo - The old port was developed under the Medici in the 17th century and is the place to watch fishing boats bobbing aimlessly up and down as the waters reach for the more lively Venetian quarter.
Mercato Centrale - A typically boisterous street market flanks the ochre walls of the covered Mercato Centrale and a browse around here is certainly more attractive than the town’s shopping district which was created after the heavy bombing Livorno endured during World War Two.
Venetian Quarter - The Venezia district is Livorno’s most attractive with its picturesque canals spanned by hump-backed bridges and its cool streetlife that is enhanced by an ethnic diversity that is unusual for Tuscany. This is the place to sample the best seafood of the region, hang out in cool bars and, if you are here in August, take part in the Effetto Venezia, a free street party and carnival soaked in the rhythms of jazz and the divergent beats of world music.
Things to See in Livorno
The crumbling tenements of its historic tenements flanked by a network of canals are an atmospheric delight to amble through. The ethnic diversity of the the Venetian quarter adds to its appeal, as do the cool bars and wonderful seafood restaurants. A stroll around the historic 17th century port and on to the Belle Époque facades of its seafront is similarly evocative. At the Museo Civico Giovanni Fattori, housed in an extravagant villa, you can see and learn about Italian’s homegrown Impressionist painters of the 19th century.
If you do nothing else in Livorno make sure you sample cacciucco, a local speciality of spicy seafood stew served with toast dripping in garlic butter. If you are here in August you are in for a treat as the Venetian quarter is home to a street party accompanied by the sounds of jazz and world music. Livorno’s port is also useful for ferries onward to Corsica, Sicily and the Tuscan islands. However, before you leave make sure you have spent some time chilling out by the canals of Veneziana.