Food, of course, features high on the list of priorities in any Italian community, and no less so in Livorno. Italian food festivals known as sagre take place throughout the year all over the province of Livorno, celebrating particular local produce.
Livorno’s division into ‘Rioni’ is never more heartfelt than during the city’s annual rowing races. There are three main races and several others, eleven of them in all, beginning with the Coppa Gaetano D’Alesio (re-named the Trofeo della Liberazione in 2015) in April and ending with the Palio delle Circoscrizioni in August.
Spend Easter in the Livorno Sunshine, with whoever you please
There is an Italian expression which says “Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi”, meaning ‘spend Christmas with your relatives, and Easter with whoever you please’. In fact it is quite traditional for Italians to go away for the Easter holidays, perhaps to the mountains if there is still some snow for skiing, or to an agriturismo in the country. Even if they stay at home, Easter Monday is traditionally a day when Italians get together with their friends for a ‘scampagnata’, a day out in the country with a picnic, weather permitting.