Among the museums located in Livorno, make stand out:
- The Giovanni Fattori Civic Museum Town. (Via San Jacopo Acquaviva, 63. Closed on Mondays. Entrance ticket: 4 €). It is housed in the imposing “Villa Mimbelli”, which was built in 1875 by the prestigious Tuscan architect Vincenzo Micheli. The villa is surrounded by an amazing romantic park filled with exotic plants and trees. The park also hosts an open-air theatre, in which concerts and theatre performances are still held.
The museum hosts the best painting collection in Italy from the Tuscan Macchiaoli School (impressionist) from which the Livornese painter Giovanni Fattori (1825-1908) was one of the main exponents. Furthermore than Fattori’s paintings, the museum displays many remarkable works by some of the most important Macchiaoli representatives, like Signorini, Lega and Boldini, and a very good collection from the Post- Macchiaoli School.
- Mascagni Museum (Via Calzabigi, 54. Closed on Mondays. Free entrance). It is a high interesting museum devoted to the celebrated Livornese composer Pietro Mascagni (1864-1945). The museum is housed in the splendid 18th “Smollet Villa”, which belonged to the celebrated Scottish writer Tobias Smollet, who resided and died in Livorno.
The museum hosts an important collection of personal objects, documents, books and scores, pertaining or related to Pietro Mascagni.
- Yeshivà Marini Jewish Museum (Via Micali, 21. Visit under request. Free entrance).
The museum is housed in the “Marini” building, which belonged until 1867to an important Jewish family. The building was formerly used as a synagogue. The museum hosts valued artworks which were brought to Livorno in the past centuries by the Jewish community, as well as ancient religious books, furnishing, parchments and liturgical vestments and ornaments.
Where to eat:
Livorno’s gastronomy is absolutely great. Its specialities are well-known and admired throughout Italy, like the celebrated “cacciuco alla livornese” (fish and seafood soup with five or more types of fish and croutons) or the exquisite red mullets, cooked in tomato sauce with garlic and parsley; the traditional “torta di ceci” (a focaccia made from chick pea bean flour); the tasty “cuscussù” (a local version of “cous-cous”, which was brought to the city by the Jewish community); the fabulous black rice with cuttlefish or the excellent handmade pasta with fresh seafood, all of them prepared with the genuine and superb olive oil produced in the territory.
On the other hand, Livorno’s restaurants use to offer a good selection from the best local wine labels, like the “Toscana Messorio”,”Toscana Redigaffi”,” Toscana Masseto”, “Tasso Tenuta Belvedere”, as well as the worldwide famous “Bolgheri Guado” and “Bolgheri Ornellaia”.
Among the many good restaurants in the city, we suggest you:
- Ristorante “La Barcarola” (Viale Carducci,39). It is one of the elder, most stylish and prestigious restaurants in the town. It has a wonderful terrace, as well as an idyllic garden for meals in season. The restaurant took its name after a motif of the opera “Silvano” by Pietro Mascagni. It is believed that the brilliant composer started to go there for lunch or dinner with his friends, when the restaurant was just a small and friendly trattoria ruled by the ancestors of the present family, becoming then a regular client.
Its cuisine offers superb Livornese marine specialties. The “cacciuco” is a must. Wine list is exceptional.
A full meal is over 50 €.
- Ristorante “Il Romito” (Via del Litorale, 274). A beautiful and large restaurant and bar situated close to the sea. Seafood is extraordinary.
A full meal is about 35/45 €.
- Ristorante “Aragosta” (Piazza del Arsenale, 6). Is a lovely restaurant, located in one of the most characteristics spots of Livorno: just in front of the harbour. Fresh fish and seafood are excellent.
A full meal is around 30/40 €.
- Ristorante “Vecchia Livorno” (Scali delle Cantine, 34). It is a small charming restaurant facing to the “New Fortress”, decorated in old Livornese marine style. Pasta and fish dishes are as generous as tasteful.
A full meal is around 25/35 €.
-Pizzeria “Da Cecco” (Via dei Cavalletti, 2). Is an old traditional pizzeria, which offers delicious marine antipasti, “torta di ceci” and pizzas. A full meal is around 25 €.
- Pizzeria “Cinque e Cinque” (Piazza Cavour/Via Magenta). Is one of the most popular pizzerias in the town centre.
A full meal is around 20 €.
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