Tour of Livorno's Places of Worship, Livorno (Self Guided)

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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Tour of Livorno's Places of Worship Map

Guide Name: Tour of Livorno's Places of Worship
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
Author: sabrina
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.
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 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
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation 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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 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

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.