Loving Livorno

Tourism on the rise in Tuscany’s canal city

Editorial Staff
February 16, 2012

In 2011, the city of Livorno welcomed 30 percent more tourists than the previous year. The rise is credited to an increase in cruise-ship traffic, as noted in a recent report released by the City.

 

Moreover, some 68 percent of the nearly one million passengers who travelled to Livorno via 500 cruise ships last year did not visit the region's ‘art cities.'

 

Because most of the tourists coming through on cruises sleep on board the ships, Livorno hotels hosted just under 287,000 visitors. ‘Important data are encouraging because they allow a glimpse of the possible action of development for the city,' said local superintendent of tourism Paola Bernardo, ‘It is necessary to continue to "make a system" to exploit the full potential of the area.'

 

Among the city's most-visited spots is the Quartiere Venezia, with the boat tour along the Fossi Medicei among the most popular attractions. In addition, the most popular event in the city was Effetto Venezia, in its 26th edition last year, which attracted some 190,000 visitors, city officials said.

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