Get back on a more urban track as your journey starts to wind down, and discover the port city of Livorno. It astonishingly remains off the typical tourist’s radar while offering an incredible range of art and culture, culinary delights and sights to see.
First on the itinerary is a stop at the Terrazza Mascagni, icon of the city and home to one of Tuscany’s trademark waterfront views. Little ones (and the young at heart) will no doubt get a kick out of the checkered ground, which lends itself well to hopscotch (and, of course, Instagramming).
Cacciucco is a must come lunchtime: this traditional fish and shellfish stew native to the area, and though its preparation can vary from chef to chef, it consistently delivers pure Mediterranean goodness (local lore says that there, ideally, should be five types of fish in a balanced bowl of the stuff—one for every “c” in its name!). For a quicker option, taste the chickpea flatbread or Torta di ceci, a type of pancake (about 0.5 cm wide) made by mixing chickpea flour with water, salt and olive oil. In Livorno you can find it as part of a local sandwich, which is popularly called "Cinque e cinque" (five and five).
Come nighttime, consider a concert at the always-bustling Cage Theatre, a historic venue that regularly hosts artists of Italian and international import.