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Livorno & Etruscan Coast Guide Italy

History and the sea have made Livorno one of the most unique cities in Italy and certainly the most open. Forget about the typical picture postcard Tuscan cities, Livorno goes against the trend. Livorno is a port city, it has always been an oasis of tolerance for all those persecuted for their religion, politics or race, who have enriched the city with a wide range of cultures and customs. Its names, buildings and dishes still show traces of its role as crossroads of the Mediterranean.

The sea is an integral part of the city. It can be seem in the promenade which inspired famous painters, elegant  fin-de-siècle beach concessions and Art Nouveau villas which hosted the international elite for vacations. The sea is also the star of the long coast that stretches to the south: the Etruscan Coast is all to discover and will not fail to surprise you.

Getting there

Livorno can be easily reached in different ways... >>>

History and culture

Unlike other Tuscan cities, the origins of present day Livorno date back to the 15th century... >>>

Places and charm

From the charming old canals of Venezia Nuova to the 19th-century seafront boulevard with its Art Nouveau villas and characteristic kiosks... >>>

Historical Buildings and Museums

Francesco I De Medici had Buontalenti design an "ideal city" during the second half of the 16th century... >>>

Eating and Drinking

Livorno's cuisine is characterized by the city's strong ties with the different peoples and cultures who lived in Livorno for many centuries... >>>


Livorno's main shopping drag is without doubt Via Grande, flanked by porticos... >>>

Hotels and lodgings

The culture of hospitality is deep-seated here, as early as the end of the 1800's the first hotels went up destined for housing the wealthy tourists of the time... >>>


Gastronomy, folklore and lots of boat races mark Livorno's calendar of events... >>>

Beaches, marinas and nature reserves

The coast between Livorno and Piombino is a succession of famous resorts and well-maintained clean beaches... >>>

The Etruscan Coast

Discovering the coastal area which was once the enormous feud of the Della Gherardesca counts ... >>>

Volterra and Val di Cecina

The itinerary leads from Livorno to Volterra, through the beautiful Tuscan landscape of Cecina Valley... >>>

Photos courtesy of: APT Costa degli Etruschi and Comune di Livorno

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