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Getting a Buzz from Old Vespas

Marco Quaretta and his Vintage Scooter Workshop

Marco Quaretta and his Juke BoxMarco Quaretta and his Juke BoxVespa is the Italian word for ‘wasp’, and it was Enrico Piaggio - founder of the Piaggio factory in the province of Pisa -  who gave the scooter its name back in 1946, because of the high buzzing noise – like a wasp - that its engine made, and its unusual narrow-waisted shape.

A Life-long Passion for Vespa Scooters

Unlike other teenagers who eventually grow out of their love for their two-wheeled means of transport, Livorno-born Marco Quaretta never lost his passion for the workings of the Vespa scooter.

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How to find Villa Dupouy, Lord Byron's residence in Livorno in 1822

Villa Dupouy, Montenero, the house where Lord Byron stayed in 1822Villa Dupouy, Montenero, the house where Lord Byron stayed in 1822Villa Dupouy, also known as Villa Jermy and Villa delle Rose, lies on the hillside near Montenero, to the south of Livorno, and is the place where Lord Byron stayed for a period of six weeks in 1822, as inscribed on the commemorative plaque on the front of the house.

How to find Villa Valsovano, Shelley's home in Livorno in 1819

Villa Valsovano, where Shelley stayed in 1819Villa Valsovano, where Shelley stayed in 1819The Villa Valsovano, where the English writer Percy Bysshe Shelley stayed in the summer of 1819, is not easy to find since it is listed in many places as being in Via del Fagiano which is where the original entrance to the villa was.

However, to see the villa these days you have to go to Via Filippo Venuti, near Livorno's hospital, about 20 minutes' walk from the city centre.

I Quattro Mori - The Four Moors Statue

The Quattro Mori (four moors) statueThe Quattro Mori (four moors) statueThe Four Moors - a symbol of Livorno Overlooking the old Medici Port, right at the port end of Via Grande, you cannot fail to notice the statue known as I Quattro Mori (‘the four moors’) which is undoubtedly Livorno’s most famous landmark. The monument, which is a symbol of Livorno, was carried out in two stages.

Livorno Aquarium - Katja Meier reports

Livorno Aquarium, Terrazza MascagniLivorno Aquarium, Terrazza MascagniNot just Cacciucco

Most tourists in Livorno will get their share of fish. Mainly in the form of Cacciucco, Livorno’s famous fish soup. However younger visitors to the city will thank you if they can skip the soup and observe a few living examples of the species at Livorno’s aquarium instead.

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The historic Venezia quarter of LivornoThe historic Venezia quarter of Livorno

Looking for Something Different

Head to Villa Fabbricotti for a picnicHead to Villa Fabbricotti for a picnicBored with shopping? Had it with old churches and museums?! Try a different slant on Livorno!

If you are looking for something unusual to do during your time in Livorno, here are a few suggestions:

  • Visit Marco Quaretta's vintage Vespa workshop in the San Jacopo district
  • Check out an exhibition of contemporary art at one of Livorno's private galleries (see the What's On pages to see what is showing).
  • Seek out one of Livorno's talented designers - choose from artistic ceramics, reclaimed sculptures, murano glass jewellery, and lots more

The Strange Case of the Missing Historic Sights

The official, but misleading, Livorno city mapThe official, but misleading, Livorno city mapLivorno's tourist map lacks valuable information for visitors

The city of Livorno has dozens and dozens of places of historical significance, yet no more than five of them are marked on the official city map distributed by Livorno's Tourist Information Office to the hundreds of visitors that disembark in Livorno daily from cruise ships.

As reported by the Livorno delle Nazioni cultural association in the Facebook groups Salviamo l'Antico Cimitero Inglese and Salviamo la Chiesa Olandese, the official tourist map of Livorno is seriously lacking in valuable information that could, and should, be helping visitors to discover the city of Livorno and its history.

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