Boat Trips along the Canals of Livorno
The tour, with commentary, offers an interesting perspective of the city and takes you round the Fosso Reale ('royal canal'), past the Fortezza Nuova ('new fortress') and right under the Piazza della Repubblica, previously called 'Il Voltone' or the 'big bridge' which is effectively what it is.
A fosso in Italian is a moat, and the main waterways that cross Livorno were in fact originally the defensive moats around the old walls of the city. They later took on an important commercial role in the transportation of goods on barges from the big ships to the warehouses situated along the canals, especially in the Nuova Venezia quarter.
Tickets for the boat trip cost 10-12 euros (see below) and are available from the Tourist Information office in Via Pieroni.
The boat trips run regularly throughout the season. Consult the Tourist Information office in Via Pieroni when you arrive, for details for the day you are interested in.
(NB: during the low season, these tours and times may vary)