We begin our journey to discover the Liberty style in Livorno from what could be called the gateway to the city: the Central Station. The station was inaugurated in 1910, with King Vittorio Emanuele taking part in the ceremony.
The building is a beautiful example of Tuscan Art Nouveau, and is the work of Angelo Badaloni, chief architect of the Municipality of Livorno. It is to him, Luigi Pastore, Gino Cipriani and the designer Cioni, that we owe the pleasure of having Tuscan works in this new style as they brought it here as it was raging throughout Europe. The station is therefore an excellent starting point for exploring the area that's features many private villas, some of which were built by Badaloni himself that are well-worth exploring. To see them, take a walk in the streets around the station, including via Giovanni Fattori and viale Carducci.
Another unmissable stop on our first day in Livorno is the Terme Corallo or Acque della Salute thermal spa. This building was also built from 1903 as part of a project by Angelo Badaloni. Despite having since then suffered a state of neglect, it maintains the charm of an elegant Art Nouveau structure decorated with majolica and frescoes by the Florentine artist, Ernesto Bellandi.
To finish off the day, we recommend that you take a walk in via Marradi and in via Roma where there are several liberty houses decorated with floral motifs. If, on the other hand, you prefer to delve deeper into the artistic movements of the 20th century, the Fattori Museum is a true gem in the city. Here, there are works of the Macchiaioli, post-Macchiaioli and divisionist artistic periods exhibited.
The perfect end to a day in Livorno, however, involves your taste buds. It's impossible to resist the high quality culinary products of the area: torta di ceci (chickpea pie), caciucco (fish soup) or triglie alla livornese (mullet).