Livorno, the port of Italy

Although not one of the most populous, Livorno is one of the most important cities in Italy and is the capital of the Province of Livorno. Its main source of economy is its huge port and Livorno indeed has the third largest port in the country. Furthermore, its port plays host to a variety of cruise ships that dock and offer their guests a chance to see mainland Italy.

Constructed in the mid to late 1500’s, the New Fort was an addition to the defences of Livorno and served as a second fortification in conjunction with the old fort. Featuring a typical pentagonal style with a series of pointed battlements, the fort is an imposing structure that is surrounded on all sides by the canal.

Surrounded by ancient walls, much of the defensive features stand intact such as the gun ports, whilst in the centre of the fort is a beautiful garden and grounds. Today it is possible to walk through the grounds, explore several of the fort passages, and walk the battlements for beautiful views of the canals and the city.

As a sea city, its port is one of the main economic centres, but also a place to be visited. The port of Livorno is a truly impressive and monumental site and it is one of the busiest and most productive ports in Italy. Walking through this gigantic port provides a fascinating opportunity to see how something of this magnitude operates, but also see the monolithic cruise ships as they dock and offload their thousands of passengers eager to explore.

But if there is a traditional place in this Italian city, it is the Mercato Centrale (Central Market). If you are looking for a slice of local life, the Mercato Centrale is the best place to visit. Located on the Scali Aurelio Staffi, the enormous building stands out amidst the surrounding structures and packed within is a plethora of market stalls.

The sights, sounds and smells of this place are simply divine and you will literally not know which way to look. Inside you can find 34 shops and over 200 different stalls that sell anything from meat, poultry, eggs, ham, cheese, bread and wine. Aside from the main hall, there is also an outdoor area thast sells a variety of clothing, accessories and other locally sourced items.

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