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Livorno's Historical Churches Tour (Self Guided), Livorno

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.
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Livorno's Historical Churches Tour Map

Guide Name: Livorno's Historical Churches Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Livorno (See other walking tours in Livorno)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Author: sabrina
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Chiesa di Santa Caterina
  • Chiesa di San Ferdinando
  • Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista
  • Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata
  • Chiesa di Santa Giulia
  • Chiesa San Benedetto
  • Chiesa di Sant'Andrea
  • Chiesa di San Giuseppe
Chiesa di Santa Caterina

1) Chiesa di Santa Caterina (must see)

Built in the first half of the 18th century, Santa Caterina Church is located on Dominican Square in the historic district of Venezia Nuova. The church's dome, with its authoritarian presence and stern features, served as a prison in Napoleonic times. The church's interior is decorated with religious paintings and there is also a line of wooden frescoes you should be sure to see.
Chiesa di San Ferdinando

2) 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.
Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista

3) Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista

The Church of St. John the Baptist is one of the oldest churches in Livorno; its origins date back to the mid-13th century when the Augustinian fathers moved here and founded a small chapel to assist the parish priests of Santa Maria Church. The church is quite bare inside and has a strict-looking exterior. The main facade is decorated only with a marble portal surmounted by a circular opening covered by a rectangular window. Inside there are four altars decorated by beautiful old paintings.
Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata

4) Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata

The Church of Santissima Annunziata is also known as the United Church of the Greek Orthodox because it served as a place of worship for this non-Catholic community in the 16th century when many Greeks arrived in Tuscany. John Baratta designed the church's facade. The church’s small size complements the graceful facade that has such character and presence. Come inside to see the beautiful ceiling that features a painting of the Annunciation by Giovanni Domenico Ferretti.
Chiesa di Santa Giulia

5) Chiesa di Santa Giulia

Dedicated to the patron saint of Livorno, the Church of Santa Giulia stands next to the Duomo, a short distance from Piazza Grande. Adjoining the church are the oratory of San Ranieri and the Museum of Santa Giulia, which houses sacred furnishings. Be sure to see the historic high altar, the beautiful carved wooden ceiling, the numerous frescoes and the famous Giulia table that dates back to the 13th century.
Chiesa San Benedetto

6) Chiesa San Benedetto

The Church of St. Benedict was built at the beginning of the 19th century in the neo-Classical architectural style. It was designed by Gaspero Pampaloni to honor the legacy of St. Benedict. The father of Tuscan neo-Classicism, Pasquale Poccianti, also contributed to the look of the church. The interior houses beautiful oil paintings and a Greek cross set on four pillars.
Chiesa di Sant'Andrea

7) Chiesa di Sant'Andrea (must see)

St. Andrea Church stands on Cistern Square where there once was a cemetery, which was abandoned after the opening of the new municipal Cemetery of the Wolves. Gaetano Gherardi is the man responsible for the architectural features of this modest church and its tower, as well as for the large seminary next door. The beautiful altar of the church is dedicated to St. Andrew, in memory of the saint's day when a fever epidemic in the town stopped. Step inside to discover the real splendor of this unpretentious church.
Chiesa di San Giuseppe

8) Chiesa di San Giuseppe

Designed by architect Joseph Florentine Puin, the Church of St. Joseph was built at the beginning of the 19th century during a period of architectural development and innovation in Livorno. The Grand Duke of Tuscany himself ordered the parish church to be erected. The church has a vibrant history. It was once used as a hospital to deal with violent outbreaks of cholera. It stood strong during the Austrian invasion, although it suffered some damage to its walls. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was the most loved and visited church in town.

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 Architectural Jewels

Livorno's Architectural Jewels

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 or 2.1 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