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Livorno

Livorno, facing the Tyrrhenian Sea, was founded in 1577 by Francesco De’ Medici. Later it had a period of development until around 1600, then, after the end of the Medici dynasty, periods of decay and domination of the French, here settled for many years, followed.

Giovanni Bandini and Pietro Tacca are the master of the Monument to the four Moors, a symbol of the city. It was built in 1595 and represents Ferdinando I De Medici surrounded by pirates. Also Livorno had a fortified city. What is left are some ruins with a pentagon structure, typical of the medieval period in places where the defence from enemy attack was a priority.

Among the things to see in Livorno, there is the Mascagni Terrace, overlooking the sea, surrounded by marble columns (4100) and paved with nearly 35,000 tiles with a mosaic. The terrace also has a gazebo used for concerts and musical events, destroyed during the war and now rebuilt. The terrace is in an area populated by liberty constructions, quite common along the promenade. Interesting to see is the Aquarium Comunale di Livorno located near the Terrazza Mascagni.

Livorno and the surrounding area have a good variety of hotels of different categories. There are also several farmhouses outside the city and many Bed & Breakfast. The Bed & Breakfast is a very popular form of hospitality because it enables guests to be free and independent.

It is part of the Province of Livorno also the Isle of Elba, an important tourist destination, offering beautiful views and nature. The island is popular with tourists from all around the world.

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