Mascagni's Promenade
Top Highlight in Livorno Cruise Port

Terrazza Mascagni (Mascagni's Promenade)
a Must See for Cruise Travelers to Livorno
- Review, Basic Information, Location, Getting There, Map, Attractions, Highlights and Restaurants Nearby.

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The 'Terrazza Mascagni' is an enormous promenade like square along the Viale Italia - the coastal road from the 'Porto Mediceo’ to the town of Antignano, inviting locals and visitors to enjoy a scenic walk with wonderful views of the Mediterranean and the Tuscan Archipelago right in front of Livorno.

Photo of Terrazza Mascagni in Livorno

Terrazza Mascagni in Livorno

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Although the 'Terrazza' was only built in the late 1920s, it has been a popular area for the people of Livorno since the 1890's when it was the site of an amusement park - the "Eden'. Even before the 'Eden', there were already a few 'bagni' (beach concessions) in use since the 1840’s - the ‘Bagni Pancaldi to the south and the “Bagni Tirreno’ next to the Aquarium are still in use today.

Following a design of Enrico Salvais with the collaboration of Luigi Pastore, the 'Terrazza' was built in a couple of years with the addition of the musical Gazebo in the early 1930's. Completely destroyed during WWII, it was rebuilt, expanded to the north (bordering the Aquarium), named after the composer Pietro Mascagni in the 1950’s and renovated in the 1990’s.

Photo of Band Stand on Terrazza Mascagni in Livorno

The Band Stand on Terrazza Mascagni

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The glamour of halcyon times is still evident in the Hotel Palazzo across the street. A favorite amongst wedding photographers, the 'Terrazza Mascagni' gets crowded during the Palio Marinaro - a boat race that takes place annually.

Basic Information

WHERE:South of Historical Centre
When:Built in the 1920's
Address:Viale Italia
Nearby:Aquarium, Fattori Museum, Bagni Tirreno, Bagni Pancaldi, Palazzo Hotel, Church of San Jacopo in Acquaviva.
Flavors:Outside Cafes in the area close to the Aquarium
Notes:Both the LAM BLU bus, or LB (formally Bus Nº 1) and the Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing bus have stops at Viale Italia .

 

Location, Getting There and Map

Although the editor has walked from the city center to the Terrazza (and back), this southern area of the city isn't that close (just less than 1 mile) and at times, not the most pleasant walk.

If the cruise visitor is venturing south of the historical center, other highlights (like the Aquarium or the Fattori Museum) are probably on your plans and the walk will be even more stretched.

The LAM BLU bus, or LB (formally Bus Nº 1) or the Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing bus are the best ways to explore the south coastal area of Livorno as both have stops close to any of the highlights and main attractions. Have in mind that with the 'Livorno Card' the visitor gets unlimited bus rides and exploring this southern area of the city becomes very easy.

Terrazza Mascagni Map

Map of Southern Area of Livorno with Highlights and Attractions

 

Attractions and Highlights Close to the 'Terrazza Mascagni'

Photo of Entrance of Livorno's Aquarium

Livorno's Aquarium

Photo Courtesy of Aquario Comunale D. Cestoni

The Aquarium and the 'Bagni Tirreno' border the north part of the 'Terrazza'. At the south end, the cruise ship passenger will find the ‘Bagni Pancaldi' and the impossible to miss Palazzo Hotel.

Photo of Fattori Museum in Livorno

Fattori Museum in Livorno

Photo by Etienne-(Li) CC by-SA

The Fattori Museum is within walking distance - 300 meters east of the Aquarium. Farther south is the Church of San Jacopo in Acquaviva - with historical origins dating back to 320 AD, this Neo-renaissance church just south of the Terrazza was completed in 1897.

Photo of Viale Italia in Livorno

Grand Hotel Palacio in Livorno

Photo by Luca Aless CC by-SA

 

Restaurants Nearby

The cruise travelers exploring the area around the 'Terrazza' may be surprised to realize that there are not that many restaurants or even coffee shops to have lunch or a quick bite. Close to the Aquarium (northern en of the 'Terrazza'), you will find a couple of places for a light lunch but none that the Editors strongly recommend.

Photo of Grand Hotel Palacio in Livorno

Palazzo Hotel in Livorno

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On the southern end to the Terrazza, the Palazzo Hotel has a restaurant with spectacular ocean views. However, be aware that this restaurant is far from affordable and the the cuisine has received mixed reviews.

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