It’s no surprise that the classic snapshot of Livorno is an infinite view of the sea from the famous Mascagni Terrace, with its unique black and white checkered floor.
The four Moors monument near the port is another of the city’s symbols. The Old Fortress – home to the magnificent Mastio di Matilde and built to guard the port – is joined by waterways to the New Fortress (in the heart of the city centre).
The Cathedral of San Francesco, Duomo di Livorno, is also in the city centre. Its façade had to be completely rebuilt after the Second World War bombings. While wandering through the historical alleyways you’ll come across some of the most beautiful squares in Italy, such as Piazza delle Repubblica, also known as the Voltone, and Piazza Grande.
To truly discover the city that was home to Pietro Mascagni, Giovanni Fattori, Amedeo Modigliani and Giorgio Caproni, simply follow the places, sounds and colours.
One of the most fascinating routes will lead you to Little Venice, where you follow the canals by boat that leads to the Renaissance places in the centre of the city.
The splendid Villa Mimbelli houses the "Giovanni Fattori" Civic Museum, which displays works by 19th and early 20th century Tuscan painters; the Mascagnano Museum, dedicated to music, also houses the historic Goldoni Theatre.
The historical and religious traces of the 'Nations' that populated Livorno are unforgettable; start with the Jewish Museum "Yeshivà Marini", then head to the Museum of Santa Giulia in the Church of the Armenians.
For those who want to discover what secret treasures are hidden in the sea, a visit to the Museum of Natural History of the Mediterranean Sea in Villa Henderson is an absolute must, which combines historic relics with a modern didactic edge, while live samples of Mediterranean fauna can be seen in the Livorno Aquarium.
You’ve only really seen the city once you’ve walked through the Art Nouveau or eclectic villas in the Ardenza district right on the seafront.
A visit to Livorno’s impressive temple of food, the vast Mercato delle Vettovaglie, is unmissable considering its status as one of the largest historical markets in Europe.