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.
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.
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 in April and ending with the Palio delle Circoscrizioni in August.
Every year during the months of June, July, August and September there is a rich programme of events in the city of Livorno and the surrounding area.
These events include concerts and cabaret at the Fortezza Vecchia, on the edge of the port of Livorno, Effetto Venezia on the canals of the Venezia district at the beginning of August, Tocca le Stelle a Montenero, a series of cultural events 'below the stars' in the village of Montenero, a few miles south of Livorno, in August and September, and the international art exhibition Premio Rotonda, in August, an exhibition of contemporary art by artists from Italy and abroad, including many Livornese artists.
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.