Places to Visit

How to find Villa Dupouy, Lord Byron's residence in Livorno in 1822

Villa Dupouy, Montenero, the house where Lord Byron stayed in 1822 Villa Dupouy, Montenero, the house where Lord Byron stayed in 1822 Villa Dupouy, also known as Villa Jermy and Villa delle Rose, lies on the hillside near Montenero, to the south of Livorno, and is the place where Lord Byron stayed for a period of six weeks in 1822, as inscribed on the commemorative plaque on the front of the house. This was shortly before the death of his friend and fellow poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley who had also spent some time in Livorno, at Villa Valsovano (see separate article).

How to find Villa Valsovano, Shelley's home in Livorno in 1819


Villa Valsovano, where Shelley stayed in 1819 Villa Valsovano, where Shelley stayed in 1819 The Villa Valsovano, where the English writer Percy Bysshe Shelley stayed in the summer of 1819, is not easy to find since it is listed in many places as being in Via del Fagiano which is where the original entrance to the villa was.

However, to see the villa these days you have to go to Via Filippo Venuti, near Livorno's hospital, about 20 minutes' walk from the city centre.

I Quattro Mori - The Four Moors Statue

The Quattro Mori (four moors) statue The Quattro Mori (four moors) statue The Four Moors - a symbol of Livorno Overlooking the old Medici Port, right at the port end of Via Grande, you cannot fail to notice the statue known as I Quattro Mori (‘the four moors’) which is undoubtedly Livorno’s most famous landmark. The monument, which is a symbol of Livorno, was carried out in two stages. The upper part, portraying Ferdinando I, the Medici Grand Duke, was sculpted in marble by Giovanni Bandini by order of Ferdinando’s son, Cosimo II, to honour his father. It was erected in 1617, nine years after Grand Duke Ferdinando’s death.

Livorno Aquarium - Katja Meier reports

Livorno Aquarium, Terrazza Mascagni Livorno Aquarium, Terrazza Mascagni Not just Cacciucco

Most tourists in Livorno will get their share of fish. Mainly in the form of Cacciucco, Livorno’s famous fish soup. However younger visitors to the city will thank you if they can skip the soup and observe a few living examples of the species at Livorno’s aquarium instead.

After a drawn out renovation time, the Livorno aquarium reopened in the summer 2010. The city is now the proud owner of Tuscany’s biggest aquarium, which doesn’t say much as it’s still tiny if you compare it to the famous aquarium in Genova. 

Looking for Something Different

Head to Villa Fabbricotti for a picnic Head to Villa Fabbricotti for a picnic Bored with shopping? Had it with old churches and museums?! Try a different slant on Livorno!

If you are looking for something unusual to do during your time in Livorno, here are a few suggestions:

  • Visit Marco Quaretta's vintage Vespa workshop in the San Jacopo district
  • Check out an exhibition of contemporary art at one of Livorno's private galleries (see the What's On pages to see what is showing).
  • Seek out one of Livorno's talented designers - choose from artistic ceramics, reclaimed sculptures, murano glass jewellery, and lots more

The Strange Case of the Missing Historic Sights

The official, but misleading, Livorno city map The official, but misleading, Livorno city map Livorno's tourist map lacks valuable information for visitors

The city of Livorno has dozens and dozens of places of historical significance, yet no more than five of them are marked on the official city map distributed by Livorno's Tourist Information Office to the hundreds of visitors that disembark in Livorno daily from cruise ships.

As reported by the Livorno delle Nazioni cultural association in the Facebook groups Salviamo l'Antico Cimitero Inglese and Salviamo la Chiesa Olandese, the official tourist map of Livorno is seriously lacking in valuable information that could, and should, be helping visitors to discover the city of Livorno and its history.