The Livorno area of Tuscany is a remarkable area of rural Tuscany boasting some of the finest scenery as well as some of the most beautiful beaches of the Etruscan Coast. The lush landscapes of Livorno have hardly been touched by man, and much of it is now protected from development with national park or wildlife refuge status. Tourism in Livorno is not for the mass tourist market, but perfect for independent tourists who wish to investigate the beauty of the Tuscan countryside far from the influences and crowds of the tourist destinations of northern Italy.
The Etruscan Coast is a sun worshiper’s delight, with rocky coves and picturesque beaches providing the ideal spot from which to take a dip in the azure blue waters of the Mediterranean. Each of the beach resorts along this coast is steeped in a staggering amount of history, meaning that beach holidays in both urban Livorno rental apartments and Livorno country houses are atmospheric to a level not experienced in any other part of Italy. The resorts of Castigliocello, Cecina, Rosignano Marittimo and Campiglia Marittima are overflowing with Etruscan monuments adding to the beauty of the beaches and surrounding countryside.
Due to the stunning countryside which makes up this part of Tuscany, agritourism in Livorno is hugely popular. Renting a Livorno country house puts you right in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, giving you the perfect base to explore the Livorno agritourism possibilities. Walking, hiking and riding holidays thrive from rural Livorno villas, and local produce is a delight to cook with, especially the fresh fish which can be bought daily from the fishing villages which line the coast. Wine is also big business in this part of Livorno, making meals a genuine delight.
Every year, Livorno apartments are taken with gusto as over 600 vessels flock to the area for the Trofeo di Vela Accademia Navale and grand regatta. There are sailing events throughout the calendar, but June and July are the most eventful periods of the year.
Livorno town (Leghorn) was designed as the ‘ideal city’ in the 16th Century, and remains to this day the gateway to the Mediterranean in northern Italy. The town is filled with defensive towers and an imposing fortress, which defends the port. The shoreline promenade lines many miles of the Livorno coastline, with impressive villas, bathing houses and gardens along which you can find many excellent bathing spots. There are also many attractions throughout the town, and if you wish to investigate the city aquarium, Naval Academy, Natural History Museum of the Mediterranean or the Caprilli Racecourse from a Livorno rental apartment or villa, the Livorno tourist information centre has all the information you could need.
Summers in Livorno, Italy, are beautifully mild, with average temperatures remaining around 24°C, warm enough to relax on the beaches and enjoy a refreshing dip, but not swelteringly hot. In winter, temperatures average around 9°C, which is much warmer than many places along the coast.
Reaching a country house in Livorno is actually quite easy. Pisa International Airport (PSA) is the closest to a Livorno villa, and there are direct trains from Pisa train station to Livorno. There are car hire companies in Pisa Airport if you would like some extra flexibility during your stay in a Livorno country house too.