Villa Corridi is another of Livorno's green areas, out of town on the way to the residential district of Collinaia. It centres around an old mansion that used to belong to the Corridi family in the mid-19th century and which overlooked the family's extensive farmland all around. When the family died out, the building was turned into a sanatorium and the gardens were restored in the English and Italian styles. Nowadays the villa is a primary school.
The gardens are a public park featuring some beautiful examples of trees
including holm oak, Aleppo pines, elms, acacias and palm trees. There are a few swings
and a climbing structure for children, and picnic benches for al fresco lunches. The park is a peaceful haven, situated between the modern built-up areas of La Leccia and Scopaia and the Livornese countryside with its olive groves and gentle hills. Don't be put off by all the graffiti on the perimeter walls.
Villa Corridi Park, open daily from 8am to dusk. Via di Collinaia, Livorno, Italy.