View of the Fortezza Nuova, one of Livorno's two Medici fortresses The city of Livorno and the surrounding area offer a wide range of places to see and things to do, both for those in search of history and culture and for those intent on more mundane pleasures, such as enjoying local food and nightlife or the lively music scene.
Livorno has several unique aspects compared to other cities in Tuscany: it is the youngest of Tuscan towns, with a history as a city of just over 400 years; it has a network of boat-lined canals that wind their way around the town and out to the sea; and most importantly, during its heyday, Livorno was a thriving cosmopolitan port where merchants of many nationalities settled, contributing greatly to the development of the city.
Although many of Livorno's beautiful buildings were destroyed during and immediately after WWII, there is still a good choice of interesting places to see: the Fortezza Vecchia, the Venezia district, historic churches, and a delightful art gallery, are just a few of them.
Out of town, head south of Livorno for some pleasant seafront walks, the attractive districts of Ardenza and Antignano, and the hillside village of Montenero with spectacular views over the city. All are just a bus ride away.
Some useful links to other pages on Livorno Now: