Lovely Livorno : holiday at the Tuscan coast
Livorno is a great port city where fresh fish can be found all over the fish restaurants. The fish of the day is served with local white and red wines. The province of Livorno has a varied landscape. High rock formations and green nature in the north, long sandy beaches in the south and vineyards and picturesque villages in Livorno’s countryside. The perfect setting for a family holiday of beach holiday including wine tours and boat trips.
Holiday Livorno : 5 tips
5 Tips to discover if you will Livorno as much as we do:
Beach holiday Tuscany
The beaches of Livorno are situated on the Tyrrhenian and Ligurian sea. Vada, Cecina, San Vincenzo and Riotorto are fine sandy beaches on the south side of Livorno, whereas in the north we find beautiful rocky beaches like the ones of Castiglioncello, Antignana and Quercianella. At the foot of a large cliff on your way to Quercianella a hidden sandy beach called ‘Cala di Leone’ is waiting to be discovered. Affront the forest path with long wooden stairs and some rocks to arrive at this special beach.
Eating fish and go shopping
The port city Livorno is the largest port of Tuscany. Here you will find the best fish restaurants. Towards the Terrazza Mascagni it is time for an ice cream or Tuscan aperitivo at sunset. Next to the Mascagni terrace you find the Livorno aquarium, nice for families with kids. Towards the city centre are a lot of shops for some hours of serious shopping! Walk along the water to pass the old and the new fort (fortezza vecchia and the fortezza nuova) along your way to the Piazza della Repubblica. If you have some time left, a great quarter of Livorno to visit is ‘Nuova Venezia’ (New Venice). This is the most characteristic quarter of Livorno. Indeed it is called this way for its canals with arching bridges, just like Venice.
Hiking in the natural park of Livorno
The nature park ‘Parco dei monti Livornesi’ is to be found east of Livorno. This green paradise is the perfect place for hiking, birdwatching and mountain biking.
Bolgheri: a small irresistible and picturesque wine village, best known for its Sassicaia wines. The access road is like a Tuscany postcard: beautiful long cypress road with vineyards in the background. A stop at a vineyard for a spontaneous wine tasting is inevitable at this point.
Elba Island is an easy one hour boat ride from Livorno and worth an extra few days in this province of Tuscany. The beautiful beaches, the secrets of Napoleon, fish with Elba wines and so much more. Real all about Elba in our Elba special and in our personal blog.
How to arrive to Livorno
The nearest airport is Pisa. From here we advise to rent a car to drive to your holiday destination in Livorno.