Livorno, the second largest city in Tuscany, is a jumping-off point for exploring Italy's Mediterranean coast and the Tuscan archipelago. Travelers come here to relax on the beach or go sailing, fishing and boating on the sea.
Livorno can be reached by rail from Rome, Pisa and Florence. Buses regularly ply the route between the port city and Pisa, and ferries connect Livorno to Sardinia and Corsica.
Check out the city's "Little Venice," including Fortezza Nuova. Another fort, Fortezza Vecchia, is also on the tourist itinerary.
The city has two museums: the Civil Museum of Giovanni Fattori and the Museo di Storia Naturale del Mediterraneo. The latter is a superb museum of natural history.
Aside from enjoying Livorno's beaches, visitors can enjoy boating and fishing along the shore. Visit Elba, the island where Napolean was banished, or the famous Montecristo isle while discovering the Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago Toscan (National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago). The park is a prime destination for bird watching and observing monk seals.
The most pleasant time to visit the Mediterranean coast is spring or autumn, although beach lovers enjoy the summer heat.
Article Written By Heather Carreiro
Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.