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Livorno by bike

Discover the city in an environmentally friendly way

From Casini di Ardenza
Casini d'Ardenza, Livorno
Casini d'Ardenza, Livorno - Credit: Lucarelli

Leave your car in the Rotonda car park and follow the path nearest the sea on your lefthand side. On your right you will see the semicircular Casini di Ardenza, finished in 1845 it was a holiday residence for Livorno nobles. Shortly after, near the Baracchina Rossa bar, take the gravel road that runs past Ardenza marina.

A ride along the seafront
San Jacopo in Acquaviva Church
San Jacopo in Acquaviva Church - Credit: Alessandro

After about 1km, pass the Caprilli racetrack and continue past the Naval Academy (1877-81) boundary wall on the left. On the right a series of Art Nouveau villas signal the entrance to the town, which is formally marked by passing through Barriera Margherita (1890), the southern gateway to Livorno. Just past the Naval Academy, the paved cycle path to the town centre begins and goes past Piazza San Jacopo in Acquaviva and the church of the same name, which is wonderfully positioned on the seafront. You can make a stop here in the piazza for a snack and to admire the sea view. Visit the church of San Jacopo, the IV century crypt is one of the oldest buildings in the town.

Towards the city center
Livorno, Fortezza Medicea
Livorno, Fortezza Medicea - Credit: Serena Puosi

After approximately 2.7km, you pass the XIX century Bagni Pancaldi arriving at Terrazza Mascagni, a magnificent open space overlooking the sea, ideal for a stop. After 1km you reach the Orlando Shipyard, which marks the beginning of the port area. Skirting the shipyard wall and the car park in front of it, you come to Piazza Mazzini. Here you're back on the main road and continuing on to the traffic lights and over the Fosso Reale canal to the Quattro Mori statue means you see the Darsena Vecchia and Fortezza Vecchia (Old Fortress) on the left. Carry on to the intersection with Via San Giovanni and turn right. Go past the 17th-century church of San Giovanni to reach the town hall square.

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