One of the reasons for choosing Livorno was its proximity to some other places we thought we would visit. Having already been denied a ferry journey to on eor more of the nearby islands, we jumped on the train and went to Florence.
Its not our first visit; rather dropping by to see an old friend. Sure its a honey pot and the prices tend to reflect its position on the tourist rail, but Florence has some lovely architecture and some interesting little side streets to wander down.
Many of the streets are paved with huge slabs of granite which have been down for hundreds of years yet show little sign of wear. The walls of some of the buildings can be equally robust with huge blocks of stonework incorporated in them. It was an easy enough train journey and a good day out in the middle of our week in Livorno.