Where to stay in Livorno?

Où dormir à Livourne

Heading for Tuscany on vacation? Discover with us the best areas to stay in Livorno for a wonderful vacation!

Livorno, an Italian port city on the west coast of Tuscany, is a major stopover for tourists heading for Corsica and Sardinia. Located between Piombino to the south and La Spezia to the north, Livorno’s coastline is so rich in ancient history that it is sometimes referred to as the « Etruscan Coast ». Long in the shadow of the sumptuous cities of Pisa, Florence and Lucca, Livorno remained a small, popular fishing village before developing around its port during the Republic of Pisa. Today, Livorno has a population of around 160,000, is world-famous for the quality of its fish and seafood, and is also becoming one of Italy’s leading tourist destinations.

Most of Livorno’s accommodation is in the old town. An ancient fishing village on the Tyrrhenian coast, « Little Venice » has nothing to be ashamed of. Here’s an overview of where to stay in Livorno.

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Little Venice

Loger à Livourne, Vieille Ville

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The area known as « Little Venice » is well worth a visit. This district stretches northwest from the large Piazza dellaRepubblica. Surrounded by canals, it boasts a high density of historic buildings and bears witness to its industrial and maritime past. The Venezia district is described as the most picturesque and interesting district to visit. It stretches from the Fortezza Vecchia (old fortress) to the Fortezza Nuova (new fortress).

Numerous bars and restaurants line the quays and streets of the district. There are few hotels to choose from in Little Venice, but an alternative is to stay with a local. The district’s main street – via Borra – is one of Livorno’s must-sees.

The modern city

Loger à Livourne Ville Moderne

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To the south of the district lies a more modern part of the city: the port and residential areas. Around the port, you’ll find most of the contemporary commercial brands and a variety of shopping centers, ideal for those with shopping to do. Staying in Livorno near the port can be very convenient if you have an early ferry to catch the next day to Corsica, Sicily or Sardinia. Don’t miss the monument to the Four Moors(Quattro Mori).

Likewise, a stroll along Via Grande is a must in the New Town district: this is the city’s main thoroughfare. The buildings here are modern, reflecting the bombardments of the Second World War from 1943 onwards. The area stretches between the port and Piazza della Repubblica. The Piazza Grande and the cathedral – Duomo di San Francesco – form the heart of the city. Along Via Gaetano d’Alesio, south of the port, you’ll find numerous restaurants serving international cuisine. The good news is that hotels in this part of town are relatively affordable when it comes to staying in Livorno.

Main photo credit: Flickr – Stuart Pinfold

Map of hotels and accommodation – Livorno