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Livorno's Architectural Jewels (Self Guided), Livorno

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.
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Livorno's Architectural Jewels Map

Guide Name: Livorno's Architectural Jewels
Guide Location: Italy » Livorno (See other walking tours in Livorno)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: sabrina
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Palazzo delle Colonne di Marmo
  • Chiesa Armena di San Gregorio Illuminatore
  • Duomo di Livorno
  • Sinagoga di Livorno
  • Teatro Carlo Goldoni
  • Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso
  • The Temple of the Dutch Germans
  • Mercato Delle Vettovaglie
  • Palazzo de Larderel
  • Cisternoni of Livorno
Palazzo delle Colonne di Marmo

1) Palazzo delle Colonne di Marmo

This palace of marble columns is located in Livorno’s popular Venezia Nuova district. Two columns, with a slight rotation of the bases, flank the main entrance. The upper floors of the building feature statues of the Four Seasons, twisted pattern frames and masks. The palace is a beautiful example typical 16th-century design.
Chiesa Armena di San Gregorio Illuminatore

2) Chiesa Armena di San Gregorio Illuminatore

The church of St. Gregory the Illuminator is an old Armenian Catholic church. Three beautiful statues decorate its stern neo-Classic facade, which was once just a porch that preceded the entry itself. The side statues symbolize Charity and Faith, while a statue of St. Gregory occupies the center. The building has suffered a lot of damage during WWI and WWII. Nevertheless, the architectural features of the church will still remind you of glorious Roman and Greek classical designs that will leave a lasting impression.
Duomo di Livorno

3) 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

4) 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.
Teatro Carlo Goldoni

5) Teatro Carlo Goldoni

Teatro Carlo Goldoni was built in the middle of the 19th century, and today it is the only national theater in Livorno that survived the bombings of WWII. The popular, young local architect, Giuseppe Cappellini, put his energy and passion into creating this fine piece of neo-Classical architecture. The rich decorative features of the balconies and the completely transparent glass roof, supported by a web of steel beams, mark a great achievement in Livorno's architectural evolution.
Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso

6) Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso

Located in Piazza della Vittoria, the Church of Santa Maria del Soccorso is the largest church in Livorno. The entrance to the church is preceded by the War Memorial, which consists of a group of men, surrounding a statue of Victory, in the act of swearing solemn oaths. The decision to raise this magnificent temple dates back to the early 19th century when, following the violent outbreak of cholera in 1835, the church was built so people could invoke the protection of the Madonna.
The Temple of the Dutch Germans

7) The Temple of the Dutch Germans

The Temple of the Dutch German Congregation is known more simply as the Dutch German Church. The Protestant church bears witness to the intercultural climate that once reigned in the city of Livorno. Since the second half of the 20th century, however, the church has been closed to the public and practically abandoned, and is now in need of major restoration work. The risk of collapse to which the building is dangerously exposed was already reported in 2005.

The Dutch German Church is a soaring Neo-Gothic building representing one of few 19th-century constructions in this style in Livorno, and certainly the largest and most important. The crumbling facade bears three geometrically harmonious rose windows: the largest, located in the centre above the doorway, is decorated with floral motives and is flanked by the other two a Flamboyant style. The interior consists of a large rectangular nave, preceded by a gallery above the vestibule and enclosed by a large circular apse. Giacomelli combined elements of traditional Gothic architecture with others of a Classical style: the nave contains alternating Classical-style pilasters which support pointed arches framing the ogival windows.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Mercato Delle Vettovaglie

8) 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.
Palazzo de Larderel

9) Palazzo de Larderel

Larderel Palace is the largest and most sumptuous palace from the 19th century in Livorno. The facade, designed by Ferdinand Magagnini, extends about 80 feet and rises four floors above the ground, recalling the facade of Belgioioso Palace in Milan. Its symmetrical windows, columns and triangle arches are all hallmarks of the neo-Classical style of architecture.
Cisternoni of Livorno

10) Cisternoni of Livorno (must see)

The Cisternoni of Livorno are a series of three large buildings in the neoclassical style at Livorno. They were constructed between 1829 and 1848 as part of a complex of purification plants and storage tanks to the Leopoldino aqueduct; a fourth cisternone planned at Castellaccia was never built. The cisternoni, literally "great cisterns", provided Livorno — a city that is still today one of the principal ports of the Mediterranean — with fresh and, more importantly, clean water throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

Designed by the architect Pasquale Poccianti, the cisternoni are architecturally important, as they represent the advent of an aesthetically considered approach to the design of utilitarian public work. This movement, whose followers are sometimes known as "Utopians", resulted in great palaces and temples of industry and commerce, their palatial and temple-like facades concealing the mundane reality of their true use, which were to dominate many towns and landscapes from the 19th century onwards.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
Livorno's Museums and Galleries

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: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Livorno Introduction Walk

Livorno Introduction Walk

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.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Livorno's Historical Churches Tour

Livorno's Historical Churches Tour

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 or 2 Miles
Livorno's Popular Local Spots

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: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles