Places to Visit

Places to visit in Livorno

This section of the Livorno Now site provides full information about places to visit during your stay here. Scroll down for some varied suggestions, or explore the following sub-categories:

  • Historic churches including the ones that used to belong to the foreign communities of the 16th-19th centuries
  • The Medici Fortresses: Fortezza Vecchia and Fortezza Nuova 
  • Piazzas - the main city squares, each one with its own personality
  • Museums - in lovely old villa settings that are a history lesson in themselves
  • Parks - there are a surprising number in Livorno, a great place to relax and do as the locals do
  • Sightseeing - a few ideas for DIY tours of the city

The Central Food Market in Livorno

One of the Five Entrances to Livorno Central Market One of the Five Entrances to Livorno Central Market Livorno's Central Market - Il Mercato Centrale  is one of the highlights on any visit to the city. The huge building towers over the main canal on the Scali Saffi and is easily reached from Piazza Cavour. It dates from the late-19th century and was designed by Angiolo Badaloni who was probably inspired by Parisian architecture of the same period.

The market is open every morning from Monday to Saturday (8am-1pm) and is well worth a visit.

Five entrances lead into the main food hall where 34 shops and 230 stalls sell meat, eggs, poultry, ham, cheese, bread, wine, and a whole variety of intriguing foodstuffs.

There are two adjoining smaller halls, one dedicated to fresh fish and the other to fruit and vegetables. The aroma of freshly ground coffee is often the first to reach you from one of the coffee stalls.

The English Cemetery in Via Verdi, Livorno


One of the unusual 17th-century tombs in the old English Cemetery, Livorno, clearly belonging to an English merchant One of the unusual 17th-century tombs in the old English Cemetery, Livorno, clearly belonging to an English merchant Known in Livorno as the Antico Cimitero degli Inglesi, or the Old English Cemetery, the monumental cemetery in Via Verdi dates from the 1640s and is the oldest of its kind in the whole of Italy, probably in the whole of the Mediterranean area. The people buried in the cemetery were protestants of several nationalities who were living or staying in Livorno and other parts of Italy during the 17th, 18th and first part of the 19th century. Many of them played an important part in the development of the city and port of Livorno. In 1840 the cemetery was closed down following the expansion of the city walls, and a New English Cemetery was opened outside the walls (Via Pera).

The Fortezza Vecchia

The Fortezza Vecchia, the older of Livorno's two Medici fortresses The Fortezza Vecchia, the older of Livorno's two Medici fortresses The Fortezza Vecchia ('old fortress') which dominates the old Medici port, is an important symbol of Livorno. Originating in medieval times, the development of the fortress has taken place over many centuries to become what it is today.

Via della Madonna - a microcosm of Livorno's cosmopolitan history

The Greek United Church, Santissima Annunziata, in Via della Madonna, Livorno The Greek United Church, Santissima Annunziata, in Via della Madonna, Livorno Via della Madonna is a partly-pedestrianised street in the centre of Livorno, running between Via Grande at one end and the Scali del Vescovado, in the Venezia district, at the other, and divided in two by Via degli Avvalorati.

On the Via Grande side, the street contains three very significant old churches whose history reflects the cosmopolitan history of Livorno itself - the facade of the former San Gregorio Illuminatore, founded by the Armenian community in 1714, Santissima Annunziata (the Greek United Church) built in 1601, and the church of the Madonna (1607) with its altars dedicated to the French, Corsican, Portuguese and Dutch communities.

Exploring Livorno


View of the Fortezza Nuova, one of Livorno's two Medici fortresses 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.

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Get around Livorno with a Livorno Card

Discover the sanctuary of Montenero by local bus Discover the sanctuary of Montenero by local bus ONE DAY'S UNLIMITED TRAVEL on all local CTT buses for JUST €3!!

The LIVORNO CARD is a great way of exploring the city at your leisure for only €3 euros! The Livorno Card costs €3 for one full day, €4 for two days, and €5 for three days, and is free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult.

The advantages that come from holding a Livorno Card are as follows:
• Free travel on the local CTT bus service
• Free entry to the Giovanni Fattori Civic Museum
• A discounted price for the boat trip on the canals of Livorno (ask at the tourist office in Via Pieroni)
• Discount of €2 on entrance to the Aquarium of Livorno
• Discount of €1 on entrance to Modigliani's birthplace 

• 10% discount at Bar Quattro Mori and Pizzeria La Vecchia Venezia