Fattori's Museum Entrance
Photo by R. Rosado © IQCruising
For the cruise passenger interested in art, and more specifically in Painting, the excellent museums of Florence are the highlights of a call at the port of Livorno. However, if for whatever reason the cruise passenger decides to spend the day in Livorno instead of spending a full day out on a tour, the Fattori Museum is an interesting public art gallery to explore and a must see of the city. Not only because of the relevance of the artist for the city but essentially because of the art itself.
Named after Giovanni Fattori, a 19th-century artist born in Livorno and leading figure of the ‘Macchiaioli’ artistic movement, the gallery features his paintings, as well as works from a number of different artists from the ‘Macchiaioli’ and the post-‘Macchiaioli’ movements. Very much like the impressionist movement, the ‘Macchiaioli’artists wanted to cut with Romantic traditions, opposed Neoclassic tendencies and rejected academic purism. Instead they aimed to represent reality with contrasting impressions of 'machi' (spots) of color and chiaroscuro - hence the name of the aesthetic movement. Among other artists, the works of Cristiano Banti, Silvestro Lega, Vincenzo Cabianca and Serafino De Tivoli must be highlighted. And also, a painting attributed to Modigliani.
The gallery is situated in the midst of the beautiful gardens that belong to the Villa Mimbelli, which was built in the 19th century and has a stunning décor. This offers the cruise passenger a sense of peace and tranquillity that they cannot find on the busy city streets. Next to the Villa Mimbelli the museum expands into large pavilions with interesting temporary exhibitions.
The most famous museum in Livorno is less than a 1-mile from the city center. It is at walking distance but the most direct route is not that appealing and it is easy to get lost. Unless the cruise passenger wants to go for a nice walk along the Viale Italia, and then go on a detour westward to the Villa Mimbelli, public transportation is advisable. The City Sightseeing bus that tours Livorno has a stop next to the museum. The Bus #1, departing from the Piazza Grande, has stops on Viale Italia next to the Aquarium and also next to the Terrazza Mascagni, both at walking distance to the Museum - 300 meters east of Viale Italia.
Close to the Museum Fattori, the cruise passenger exploring the south area of Livorno will find a couple of highlights of the city: the Aquarium and the Terrazza Mascagni. On the northern side a famous 'Bagni' (bathing establishment) is a family attraction and farther south you will find the historically famous 'Bagni Pancaldi'.
There aren't many restaurants in the vicinity of the museum and none that IQCruising would strongly recommend. The only exception is the restaurant of the Palazzo Hotel with a spectacular sea view set on luxurious classic décor. Far from 'affordable', the cuisine has received mixed reviews and don't expect typical recipes of the Livornese traditions. Along the Viale Italia, in the area close to the Aquarium the cruise passenger will find a couple of places to have a quick bite all fresco.
|WHERE:||1 mile south from the City Center|
|Address:||Via San Jacopo in Acquaviva 65|
|Open:||Winter: 10:00am to 1:00pm and 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Summer: 10:00am to 1:00pm and 5:00pm to 11:00pm
|Closed:||Mondays, 15 August, New Year's Day and Christmas Day|
|Entrance:||€4 (euros), €2,50 (euros) for groups of 15 or more|
NOTES: Closer to the Terrazza Mascagni than to the City Center, it is quite a walk from Piazza Duomo. Bus #1 on south direction stops close by - 300-meters walk to the Museum. City Sightseeing bus that tours Livorno stop close next to the Museum.
Painting by G. Fattori circa 1880.
Ships in Harbor
Painting by G. Fattori.
Shepherd and Cows
Painting by G. Fattori.
Photo: R. Rosado © IQCruising.com
Close to the Aquarium the cruise passenger will find a few places to have a quick bite all fresco
The elegant dinning room of the Hotel Palazzo has a fabulous view of the Mediterranean Sea.
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