Founded by the Medici and given city status in 1606, Livorno became a haven for those persecuted for their religion, race or politics. The many Foreign Nations which settled in the city brought with them a wealth of entrepreneurship and customs.
The original character of this lively and well-connected city can be experienced by walking through its streets and admiring testimonies of three different religions, by tasting one of the typical dishes (Cacciucco, Red Mullet alla Livornese, and the celebrated rum-based Ponce) which reflect Livorno's position as a crossroads in the Mediterranean, or by enjoying a boat trip along the Medici Canals, following the old pentagonal perimeter, sailing past the 16th-century pink-hued fortress and into the historic district known as the Venezia Nuova, built on the water.
Livorno is inextricably tied to the sea which forms an integral part of city life, from the lovely seafront walk with its gardens, sweet-smelling plants, and cafés - inspiration to well-known painters -, to its elegant bathing lidos, and the port and its related activities.
The artistic heritage of Livorno's 17th- and 18th-century churches, its splendid villas - fine examples of Art-Nouveau architecture - where figures of international fame regularly stayed - , and the very fact that it was the birthplace of Amedeo Modigliani, Pietro Mascagni, Giovanni Fattori, and Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi, make the city a place to be discovered.
(Font: Portale del Turismo della Città di Livorno - www.comune.livorno.it/portaleturismo/en/home
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The Etruscan Coast is a large stretch of Tuscan coastline that extends from Livorno to Piombino and includes four towns located in the countryside: Rosignano Marittimo, Sassetta, Suvereto and Campiglia Marittima.The name of this coastal area is linked to the presence of the Etruscans, who lived here as early as the ninth century BC and whose settlements are still visible nowadays.
The whole area is a treasure trove of natural beauty where sea, nature, art, history and mouth-watering cuisine harmoniously live together.The seaside is flanked by pineforests, beaches and wind-sculpted cliffs; the countryside's sweet hills surround fantastic historical towns, while vineyards and olive groves offer excellent products. A paradise for sea and water sport lovers as well as for those who prefer unforgettable cycling tours, horseback rides or just excursions on foot.
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