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Livorno's History



This is the most important eity on the Tuscan coastline and one of Italy's major ports. Despite looking anything but a seaside resort, it is often filled with surprises. The port itself is not the most suitable spot for taking the sun, however the eity has its own marine physiognomy also in the internai canals where numerous recreation boats are always moored.
La fortezza di Livorno

Several of the bathing establishments are historic and prestigious, so much so that they have become a reference point along the shore despite often resting on artifieial structures. When heading south the first beach you come to is the 'Spiaggia della Bellana'. Located just below the Cantiere Luigi Orlando, this is a handkerchief of beach right in the eity. Straight after this the beautiful Terrazza Mascagni gives a view of the shallow waters between the rocks and the nearby couneil aquarium which is like a crash course in marine biology, with typical fish from the Tuscan coastline. A worthy initiative ofthe 10cal couneil of Livorno is that of having evaluated the best beaches and marked them with eloquent signs filled with useful information. The Livorno municipal territory is the one in Tuscany that most resembles the morphology of a rocky island, with little bays that differ completely from the wide sandy beaches of Versilia and the Maremma. This is a piece of coastline that stands alone, and rightly so. An interesting excursion can be made in the town to visit the Centro Recupero Uccelli Marini (CRUMA) (Marine bird shelter centre), run by the LlPU (Italian Bird Protection Society), with large aviaries and special treatment areas. Founded in 1987, it is to date the only structure in ltaly that cares for these birds. For information and visits: 0586 400226. The seafront, internal canals and the famous Quattro Mori monument ali form part of the visit. Venezia Nuova The heart of this city is called Venezia Nuova, and it is stili similar to the one created to the design of Bernardo Buontalenti, to meet the demands of the 'ideai city'. A vital element, the water surrounds, Livorno in canals that are extremely similar to l those of the lagoon city, even to the point of being I able to compete with Venice, though to a lesser degree, in stealing the scene.

It was in fact the Venetian master craftsmen who built this quarter too. Don't miss the sights from the guided boat tour of the ingenious network of canals that crisscross through the antique, picturesque quarter of the historic centre in the water, just like the city of San Marco. You should also take a walk among the brightly coloured boats moored along the canals as far as the Medicean port, but not before having taken in the imposing sight of Fortezza Vecchia. With its canals, fortresses, piazzas open to the libeccio wind: Livorno owes everything to the Medici family. The greatest virtue this city possesses however is her capacity to cohabitate.

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La fortezza di Livorno I fossi Medicei
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