Some of the most important annual events on the calendar in Livorno have a definite maritime theme, reflecting the city’s tradition as a port and shipyard with its prestigious Naval Academy and its fishing industry.
This maritime theme begins in April with the sailing regatta known as the Trofeo Accademia Navale e Città di Livorno (‘Naval Academy and City of Livorno Sailing Trophy’). This sailing competition began in 1981 to celebrate the Naval Academy’s 100th anniversary. The regatta lasts for a week and teams from all over the world take part in the various races. A number of related events also take place in the town, especially in the port area, during that week (see the Livorno Now What’s On calendar for specific dates and events).
At around the same time comes the first of no fewer than eleven important rowing races involving the sixteen districts, or Rioni, that make up the city of Livorno, culminating in the Palio Marinaro on the second Sunday in July.