A historic port city on the western coast of Italy, Livorno is one of Tuscany’s less-heralded destinations for tourists. Nevertheless, like many other towns and cities in the region, it has plenty to offer visitors, not least its many examples of fine Tuscan architecture, characterised by the terracotta rooftops. It has a history which dates back nearly 1,000 years. Today, people come to Livorno to escape the massive crowds that descend on neighbouring Pisa and Florence. They also come for the food, especially the fish caught and delivered to the port. On top of that, the city’s fortress, which was erected around the time of Livorno’s foundation, is one of the most impressive sights in the entire country.
To get around some of the older routes, especially in the city centre, a small car is perfect. The same applies for parking in Livorno, which can be tricky at certain times of the day.
Driving in Livorno
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Important things to note
If driving to Livorno from the north or east, following the signs for Pisa is generally a good idea, as both cities are only a few miles apart.
Many of the main roads in the city don’t actually lead to the centre. The SS1 is the closest major route to central Livorno.
The port area of the city tends to get pretty busy on mornings. If you can help it, avoid driving around there.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Fortress, which envelops the older part of Livorno, is a good place to start sightseeing. Inside, most of the major landmarks stand, not to mention a handful of restaurants and cafes where you can watch the world whizz by.
The Venice Neighbourhood, known locally as ‘La Venezia’, is the most famous part of Livorno. Designed to resemble Venice, it has San Marco’s Theatre, and the Dominican Church, both of which are open for visitors at certain times.
Livorno currently has two spas – San Giovanni’s and Venturina’s. The former uses silt from the marshlands for thalassotherapy, while the latter has thermal waters where visitors can bathe in peace.
Football is very popular in the city. The local team, AS Livorno Calcio, currently play in Serie A at the Stadio Armando Picchi, which holds just over 18,000 fans. They regularly move between the top two leagues in Italy.
Pisa International Airport (Aeroporto Internazionale di Pisa) is the nearest airport to Livorno, lying seven miles northeast of the city centre. It has one passenger terminal and accepts flights from all over Europe, including major cities like London and Moscow.
The airport can be accessed by the SS1, which goes southbound all the way to Livorno. The road reaches the outer suburbs, although there are some routes going further towards the centre.