City Orientation Walk, Livorno

Situated along the coast of the Ligurian Sea, Livorno is one of the most important Italian ports, both in terms of commerce and tourism. Livorno’s charming historic streets, beautiful monuments and large squares are picturesque and stunning. The following walk will guide you to the town’s most prominent public places.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Italy » Livorno (See other walking tours in Livorno)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Author: sabrina
Duomo di Livorno

1) Duomo di Livorno (must see)

Located on Piazza Grande, the Cathedral of St. Francis, also know as the Duomo, is one of Livorno’s most prominent landmarks. It was designed by the Medici in the 16th century. The facade has a portico with English Renaissance round arches. Inside the cathedral there are numerous beautiful old paintings and canvases, which over the centuries have been constantly relocated in order to save them from natural disasters and wars.
Sinagoga di Livorno

2) Sinagoga di Livorno

The Synagogue of Livorno is located on a large square not far from Piazza Grande. It was built by architect Angelo Di Castro in 1962 on the site of an ancient synagogue destroyed during WWII. The striking, contemporary design of the building beautifully contrasts with city’s strict classical architecture.
Via Grande

3) Via Grande

Via Grande is one of Livorno’s oldest and busiest streets. A variety of fashionable shops, souvenir street-stalls, lovely cafés and restaurants are located along this charming historic street. Take a walk on Via Grande to feel the vibrancy and color of daily local life.
Monumento Dei Quattro Mori

4) Monumento Dei Quattro Mori (must see)

This monument was built to celebrate the triumphs of the military Order of the Knights of Santo Stefano over the Ottoman Empire and the Barbary pirates. It stands in front of the little ditch that Grand Duke Ferdinando I de Medici symbolically dug in the late 16th century to expand the port of Livorno. The duke stands atop a pedestal that is carved with chained men of different ethnic groups, who were chosen to represent the four stages of human life. They all bear expressions of psychological pain on their faces.
Fortezza Vecchia

5) Fortezza Vecchia (must see)

The striking 16th-century fortress of Fortezza Vecchia stands at Livorno’s old Medici Port. The reinforced walls of the fortification are surrounded by canals. Dating back to the 11th century, Matilde Tower is the oldest part of the fort. Climb up the tower to the top from where you can enjoy stunning views of the town on one side and the port on the other side. Inside the fortress there is a restaurant, a bar and exhibits. Check out this important cultural center and historic symbol of Livorno.
Chiesa di San Ferdinando

6) Chiesa di San Ferdinando (must see)

The Church of St. Ferdinand, popularly known as Crocetta, is one of the most beautiful churches in Livorno. Nestled in the Venezia Nouva district, this 18th-century, Baroque jewel was designed by Giovan Battista Foggini. Inside, intricate sculptures and carvings symbolize the religious activities of the Trinity mission, which helped raise funds for the liberation of slaves.
Fortezza Nuova

7) Fortezza Nuova (must see)

Located in Livorno’s lovely Venezia Nuova quarter, the 16th-century Fortezza Nuova is a striking red-brick fortress surrounded by the waters of the districts’ canals. Today this fortification is a public place that offers an exciting walk through its old domed halls and underground passages. Cross a small bridge to enter the fortress and enjoy the views of the canals, which are as remarkable as the fort itself.
Piazza Della Repubblica

8) Piazza Della Repubblica (must see)

Piazza Della Repubblica is a large, historic square built in the 19th century by architects Mario and Luigi Bettarini Chietti. It was a huge project at the time, which encompassed numerous buildings and adjacent streets. This square is also a bridge under which lies a large canal, making it the largest bridge in Europe. A number of monuments of important Italian dukes, including Ferdinand III and Leopold II, are located on the square.
Mercato Delle Vettovaglie

9) Mercato Delle Vettovaglie (must see)

The Livorno Market building’s 95-meter-wide facade is characterized by two rows of large, round-arched windows that provide maximum light to the interior, while the entrance is highlighted by four classic columns. The main hall’s interior decorations were designed by Lorenzo Gori. Be sure to check out the beautiful architectural features of this huge water-front complex.

Walking Tours in Livorno, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Livorno

Create Your Own Walk in Livorno

Creating your own self-guided walk in Livorno is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tour of Livorno's Museums and Galleries

Tour of Livorno's Museums and Galleries

Livorno has a rich history and vibrant cultural legacy. This beautiful old town has plenty to offer, from the splendor of the religious artifacts found at the Leonello Barsotti Museum to the beauties of the natural world on display at Museo di Storia Naturale. Take this walking tour to discover Livorno’s most exciting museums and galleries.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Tour of Livorno's Architecture

Tour of Livorno's Architecture

Livorno is a lovely port town that attracts many tourists. Livorno's streets are full of history and architectural magnificence, which is why the town has been the setting for many movies and documentaries. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover Livorno's most attractive buildings, such as Teatro Carlo Goldoni, Mercato delle vettovaglie, Palazzo de Larderel and others.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Tour of Livorno's Popular Local Spots

Tour of Livorno's Popular Local Spots

Livorno is a charming town with plenty of unique places to see and visit. Its old neo-Classical streets are full of liveliness and color. Take this self-guided walking tour to check out the most popular local spots, including the Central Market, Via Grande and other interesting places.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Tour of Livorno's Places of Worship

Tour of Livorno's Places of Worship

Located close to the Vatican, the heart of Catholicism, Livorno understandably has many beautiful churches and cathedrals. The religious structures of the town trace its glorious and tragic history. Take this walking tour to discover Livorno’s most notable places of worship.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Livorno for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Livorno has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Livorno, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.