Places to Visit

Getting a Buzz from Old Vespas

Marco Quaretta and his Vintage Scooter Workshop

Marco Quaretta and his Juke Box Marco Quaretta and his Juke Box Vespa is the Italian word for ‘wasp’, and it was Enrico Piaggio - founder of the Piaggio factory in the province of Pisa -  who gave the scooter its name back in 1946, because of the high buzzing noise – like a wasp - that its engine made, and its unusual narrow-waisted shape.

A Life-long Passion for Vespa Scooters

Unlike other teenagers who eventually grow out of their love for their two-wheeled means of transport, Livorno-born Marco Quaretta never lost his passion for the workings of the Vespa scooter.

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.