in Livorno for Cruise Travelers
- overview, reviews and photos of the Modigliani House, the Natural History Museum,
the Sacred Art Museum and the Yeshivà Marini Jewish Museum.
Cruise Travelers not going on excursions to highlights of Tuscany like Florence, Pisa or Lucca but wishing to learn more about Livorno will find a few very interesting museums in this port city.
The Museum Fattori is the best and most famous museum in town and, consequently, reviewed in the Highlights Page. On this page five other museums are reviewed as all deserve to be visited when calling at the Cruise Port of Livorno.
The Bottino d"Oglio has just opened ...., the Modigliani House is a must for anyone interested in arts. The Natural History Museum is entertaining for those traveling with children. The Sacred Art Museum has a surprising collection. Although the Yeshivà Marini Jewish Museum only opens by appointment is a highlight for those interested in the Jewish heritage.
Museo di Storia Naturale del Mediterraneo
(Natural History Museum of the Mediterranean)
Housed in the Villa Henderson (18th century), the museum boasts a wonderful collection of flora and fauna from land and sea, as well as information on the geological history of the region. Visitors can also enjoy the botanical gardens in the grounds of the museum.
Photo by Pasquale Gucciardo CC by-SA
|WHERE:||It is a 30-minute walk from the City Centre, just 100 meters off Piazza Roma.|
|Address:||Via Roma, 234|
|Open:||Tuesday to Friday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. | Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm|
|Closed:||Mondays and Holidays|
|Entrance:||Adults: €10.00 (Euros) | Children: €5.00 (Euros)|
|Amenities:||Very good for visitors with walking difficulties. It offers free Wi-Fi.|
|Website:||Visit Museum Website|
|Notes:||Off the beaten track museum, the Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing bus stops close by.|
Museo Diocesano Leonello Barsotti
(Sacred Art Museum)
Built around a small chapel, the museum contains the sacred art owned by the Diocese of Livorno, including paintings, tapestries and silver items dating as far back as the 16th century.
Photo © IQCruising.com
|WHERE:||North of Piazza della Repubblica - within walking distance.|
|Address:||Via del Seminario 61.|
|Open:||Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. | Tuesday and Thursday: 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm. | Saturday: By appointment only.|
|Phone:||(39) 0586 276211|
|Website:||Visit Museum Website|
Casa Natale Amedeo Modigliani
(Amadeo Modigliani Museum House)
The birthplace of the famous Modernist painter Amedeo Modigliani, who was born into a Jewish family in 19th century Livorno, is located at number 38 Via Roma, just a few yards from Piazza Attia. Only open in the mornings, visitors are invited to walk through the life of Modigliani, as documents, photographs, and other memorabilia from his life are on display.
Photo Courtesy of Casa Natale Amedeo Modigliani
|WHERE:||Just off Piazza Attias - south of the city center|
|Address:||Via Roma 38, 1st Floor (no lift).|
|Closed:||April 25, May 1, August 15.|
|Must Know:||Be aware that the house doesn't have a lift and is on the first floor. No more than 25 visitors are allowed at one time.|
|Notes:||The Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing bus has a stop close by.|
Museo Hebraic Yeshivà Marini
(Yeshivà Marini Jewish Museum)
This is a stunning Jewish museum that houses a rare collection of sacred parchments and furniture taken from the old Jewish synagogue and elsewhere. The collection is from the 17th to the 20th century, but there is also a hekhàl from the 16th century, in which are contained the rolls of the Torah. The museum also has a carved and gilded wooden ark that has been restored to its original state of beauty.
Photo Courtesy of Amaranta Tour Services
|WHERE:||North of Piazza della Republica|
|Address:||Via Micali 21|
|When:||Only opens by appointment | email: firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Phone:||Phone: (39) 0586 893361 | Mobile: (39) 3392997687.|
|Must Know:||Only open by appointment. However, Amaranta Servizi offers a guided tour of the Museum (included in a Jewish Tour of Livorno). Read more below.|
Sightseeing and How to Travel to the Museums
With exception of the Yeshivà Marini Jewish Museum, which can only be visited by appointment or prebooked excursion, all other museums in Livorno can easily be visited on your own. The Livorno Card offers FREE entrance to the Fattori Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Sacred Art Museum (among other sites) and discounts to the Modigliani’s Home Museum. More importantly, with the Livorno Card the cruise visitor can travel free on all the public buses, which is the most affordable way to get to some of these museums.
However, to visit the Yeshivà Marini Jewish Museum you need to book a tour. Amaranta Servizi offers a tour to all the Jewish sites in Livorno (Synagogue, Cemetery, Museum and Modigliani’s Home Museum). Unfortunately, Amaranta's website has been hacked and the best contact is now their Facebook Page. Be aware: do NOT connect to the website link on supposedly reputable websites like TripAdvsior and Google. For other Historical Tours of Livorno the Guide Storiche Livorno may be of interest.
City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
However, travelers that prefer less complicated and a more comfortable way of moving around should look into the routes, discounts and promotions of the Livorno City Sightseeing Bus. This Hop-On Hop-Off Bus service has stops close to the Natural History Museum, the Modigliani's House and of course the Museum Fattori (one of the highlights of the city). You don't need to have a Ph.D in Maths to figure out that combining the Livorno Card and the City Sightseeing Bus offers the best of both worlds if you wish to visit any or all museums in Livorno.