Via della Madonna - a microcosm of Livorno's cosmopolitan history

The Greek United Church, Santissima Annunziata, in Via della Madonna, LivornoThe Greek United Church, Santissima Annunziata, in Via della Madonna, LivornoVia della Madonna is a partly-pedestrianised street in the centre of Livorno, running between Via Grande at one end and the Scali del Vescovado, in the Venezia district, at the other, and divided in two by Via degli Avvalorati.

On the Via Grande side, the street contains three very significant old churches whose history reflects the cosmopolitan history of Livorno itself - the facade of the former San Gregorio Illuminatore, founded by the Armenian community in 1714, Santissima Annunziata (the Greek United Church) built in 1601, and the church of the Madonna (1607) with its altars dedicated to the French, Corsican, Portuguese and Dutch communities.

Statue of John Nepomuk, Via della Madonna, LivornoStatue of John Nepomuk, Via della Madonna, LivornoOn the other side of Via degli Avvalorati, Via della Madonna passes over the canal by means of the small bridge dedicated to Saint John of Nepomuk where a statue of the saint stands on the parapet. The statue was erected in honour of a visit by Maria Theresa and Francis I, Grand Duke of Tuscany in 1739. Unfortunately, the inscription detailing the event is no longer legible. The bridge was badly damaged during the war, during which the statue was removed. It was not returned to its original position until 1950 when the bridge was rebuilt. There are some charming views from here towards the Fortezza Nuova.

From here you can continue into the historic streets of the quiet Venezia quarter with its majestic buildings, churches, Fortress and canals.

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