Top Choice Area in Livorno

Piccola Venezia

Piccola Venezia (Little Venice) is crossed with small canals built during the 17th century using Venetian methods of reclaiming land from the sea. At the heart sits the remains of the Medici-era Fortezza Nuova. Cana…
Top Choice Street in Livorno

Terrazza Mascagni

No trip to Livorno is complete without a stroll along (and photo shoot of) this dazzling terrace with stone balustrades that sweeps gracefully along the seafront in a dramatic chessboard flurry of black-and-white ch…
Gallery in Livorno

Museo Civico Giovanni Fattori

This gallery in a pretty park features works by the 19th-century Italian Impressionist Macchiaioli school led by Livorno-born Giovanni Fattori. The group, inspired by the Parisian Barbizon school, flouted stringent …
Fort in Livorno

Fortezza Nuova

The Fortezza Nuova, built for the Medici family in the late 16th century, is in an area known as Piccola Venezia (Little Venice) because of its small canals. The interior is now a park and little remains of the fort…
Fort in Livorno

Fortezza Vecchia

Close to the waterfront, the Fortezza Vecchia was constructed in the 16th century on the site of an 11th-century building. With huge vertical cracks and bits crumbling away, it looks as though it might give up and s…
Aquarium in Livorno

Acquario di Livorno

Livorno's thoroughly modern acquarium swims with 300 different species of Mediterranean fish and sea life. The stars of the show are blacktip reef sharks, seahorses and the huge green sea turtles Ari and Cuba.
Museum in Livorno

Museo di Storia Naturale del Mediterraneo

Livorno's Natural History Museum is an excellent, hands-on affair. The highlight of the permanent collection is a 20m-long whale skeleton called Annie.
Church in Livorno

Chiesa di Santa Catarina

Chiesa di Santa Catarina, with its ancient, thick stone walls, stands sentry on the western side of Piazza dei Domenicani as it did for the Medicis four centuries ago.
Church in Livorno


The city's unspectacular cathedral, designed by visiting British architect Inigo Jones, was later used by Jones as a model for the layout of Covent Garden.