Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy
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Approximately 4¾ Hours
Come hungry for this unforgettable taste of Livorno. You'll head straight to the heart of Livorno, leaving your transportation at the Old Fortress to follow your guide on a walk through the city.
At the old Medici port, see the marble stalls that local fishermen pile high with the catch of day every morning. At the Fish Market, learn how the daily fish auction works and how seafood is selected for local specialty recipes.
At restaurant "Al Civico 8" will prepare the famous -- Livorno fish soup -- right before you, while you taste the delicious panino Cacciuccoso (fish sandwich) accompanied by a glass of wine.
Walk past the Four Moors monument -- a symbol of the town -- and along the Via Grande which is the main shopping street. The boasts an history dating back to 1600. The wonderful scents of fresh basil, oregano, red onions from Tropea, mushrooms, dried fruit and tomatoes, truffles, cheese, olives, salami, mortadella, and focaccia. The Outdoor Market boasts an history dating back to 1600. The wonderful scents of fresh basil, oregano, red onions from Tropea, mushrooms, dried fruit and tomatoes, truffles, cheese, olives, salami, mortadella, and focaccia.
The Indoor Market (founded 1889) is one of the largest in Europe and is a foodie's dream. There are 92 food warehouses that front onto the Royal Canal. The market building itself is a fantastic example of neo-Classical architecture. Fresh and smoked fish, cheese, ham, fresh pasta stalls and coffee shops abound here.
Enjoy a treat at Gagarin. This age-old store is a famous producer of cinque e cinque -- the traditional salted chickpea pie, cooked at high temperature and served in a sandwich with black pepper and slices of eggplant. Livornans insist that it is best enjoyed with Spuma -- a soft drink produced right here in the city.
Stop at Il Frataio to taste a bombolone donut filled with chocolate or custard cream.
You'll sit down at a typical cantina on the canal, next to the beautiful church of Santa Caternia (1721). Taste local red and white wines and some typical appetizers -- bruschetta with tomatoes, anchovies, and cold cuts.