Livorno: This Port City Is Wonderful

I went to Livorno a few weeks ago with a friend of mine. Livorno is one of the largest port of Italy. After our arrival, we were hungry and so went to Cantina Nardi, where we had the excellent cacciucco. They also had pasta with a variety of bivalves and are a drinking den of wines. One may even have a light meal at Cafe Cellini. Then we went to the aquarium at Piazzale Mascagni which is open on weekends and holidays. One needs to have an appointment to visit during the weekdays. It has a series of tanks dedicated to the marine environments from the Ligurian coast.

We went to the Old English Cemetery in Via Verdi. It is the oldest place for non-Catholic burial in Italy. It has the grave of the novelist of the 18th century Tobias Smollett. We then went to the Mediterranean National History Museum. It is closed on Monday. It has a glorious botanical garden and has collections of whale skeletons. We then went to Central Piazza Cavour for shopping. One may even visit Via Ricasoli, Via Magenta for quirky shopping and Mercato Centrale Market. It is recommended to visit the Friday morning’s market in Via dei Pensieri that offers colorful mish mash food, clothes, accessories, and food items.

The area code of Livorno is 0506. We went to Terrazza Mascagni which was built during World War II. It is also known as the Fort of Cavalleggeri. It comprises of a tower and a large defensive complex. We then went to Piazza della Repubblica which is one of the largest and particular squares of the city. It was built to modernize the old streets of the city of 18th century. It is also known as the Piazza of the Grand Duchy.