Attractions

Top Choice Christian Site in Livorno

Santuario della Madonna di Montenero

The story goes like this: in 1345, the Virgin Mary appeared to a shepherd, who led her to black mountain (monte nero), a haven of brigands. Needless to say, the brigands immediately saw the error of their ways and b…
Gallery in Livorno

Museo Civico Giovanni Fattori

The highlight of a visit here is the 19th-century building. Known as Villa Mimbelli, it has an ornately decorated interior featuring an extraordinary staircase with balustrades in the form of naked cherubs. Works in…
Area in Livorno

Piccola Venezia

Piccola Venezia is a tangle of small canals built during the 17th century using Venetian methods of reclaiming land from the sea. At its heart sits the remains of the Medici-era Fortezza Nuova. Canals link this with…
Aquarium in Livorno

Acquario di Livorno

The main attraction here is a 45-minute 'Behind the Tanks' tour that visits the aquarium's kitchen, laboratory and tanks. Offered daily, it is unexpectedly fascinating (who knew that a turtle eats kilos of salad eve…
Church in Livorno

Chiesa di San Ferdinando Re

Constructed between 1704 and 1714 but extensively damaged during WWII and subsequently rebuilt, this church was named after the King of Castille. Its ornate interior features stucco and marble decoration, as well as…
Church in Livorno

Chiesa di Santa Caterina

This early-18th-century Domenican church with its thick stone walls and prominent dome stands sentry on the western side of Piazza dei Domenicani as it did for the Medicis, who commissioned its construction. Sadly, …
Street in Livorno

Terrazza Mascagni

No trip to Livorno is complete without a stroll along this seafront terrace with its dramatic black-and-white chessboard-style pavement. When it was built in the 1920s, it was called Terrazza Ciano after the leader …
Church in Livorno

Chiesa dei Greci Uniti

This Greek Orthodox church was built in the first decade of the 17th century, acquired its magnificent baroque facade in the 18th century and became a Catholic church after WWII. The interior features a handsome woo…
Museum in Livorno

Museo di Storia Naturale del Mediterraneo

Livorno's Natural History Museum is beloved of school groups and families. The highlight of the permanent collection is a 20m-long whale skeleton called Annie, which occupies pride of place in a dedicated 'Sea Room'…
Fort in Livorno

Fortezza Vecchia

Close to the waterfront, the Fortezza Vecchia was constructed to a design by Antonio de Sangallo the Elder in the 16th century, but incorporates a 11th-century watchtower from a previous fortress that occupied the s…