Duomo (Cathedral)
Top Highlight in Livorno Cruise Port

St Francis Cathedral (Duomo)
a Must See for Cruise Travelers to Livorno
- Review, Must See Artworks, Basic Information, Getting There, Highlights and Restaurants Nearby.

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The 'Cattedrale di San Francesco d'Assisi' is located in the center of Livorno, dominating Piazza Grande, and is one of the main highlights of the city.

Photo of St Francis Cathedral in Livorno

Livorno's St. Francis Cathedral

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Usually referred to as Duomo, by locals and tourists alike, it was commissioned by the Medicis, designed by Bernardo Buontalenti and Alessandro Pieroni, and built during the late 16th and early 17th centuries by Cantagallina (completed in 1606).

Photo of the interior of St. Francis Cathedral in Livorno

Interior of St Francis Cathedral

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The building was completely destroyed by bombings during the Second World War (specially the bombings that took place in 1943), but was restored to its original beauty and grace in the 1950's.

Photo of Christ Crowned with Thorns by Fra Angelico in Livorno

Painted by Fra Angelico's circa 1420, "Christ Crowned with Thorns" is one of the few artworks in Livorno that is a 'must see'.

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Cathedral Must See Artworks

The interior of the cathedral contains a number of tombs on the floor and on the wall, as well as intricate frescoes on the ceiling. Must See works of art include Fra Angelico's 'Christ Crowned with Thorns' in the left lateral side chapel dedicated to the Eucharist, the "Triumph of Saint Giulia" by Jacopo Ligozzi, "Assumption of the Virgin" by Domenico Cresti da Passignano and "Saint Francis of Assisi" by Jacopo Chimenti.

Outside the cathedral there is a front porch with rounded arches. The six bells of the current cathedral were remade from five of the original bells, which were damaged during the war (one was never found).

Basic Information

WHERE:Historical Centre
Address:Piazza Grande
Open:Visitors - Everyday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | Masses - Sundays and Holidays at 10.30 am
Architects:Alessandro Pieroni and Antonio Cantagallina
Religious Rite:Roman Catholic
Visiting Time:Around 20 minutes
How far from Shuttle:4 Minute Walk
Must See:Fra Angelico's 'Christ Crowned with Thorns'

How to Get to the Duomo (Cathedral) from the Cruise Port

The Duomo (Cathedral) is the main building on Piazza Grande, which is no more than 100 meters from Piazza Municipio where the Shuttle Bus from the Porto Industriale stops.

If your cruise ship is docked at the Porto Mediceo, the Piazza is right in the middle of Via Grande - the main street that connects the old port to Piazza Repubblica - and is at walking distance from this docking spot (less than 1/2 mile or 700 meters).

Until a few years ago the Piazza Grande was the main transportation hub in Livorno. But for some time, public buses stop on Via Grande and taxis stands can be found on Piazza Municipio. Even so, on each corner of the Piazza Grande there are newsstands that are ideal to buy bus tickets if planning to farther way be it the south coast or to the railway station when traveling on your own to Florence, Pisa or Lucca.

Duomo (Cathedral) - Map

Map of Duomo's Area of Livorno with Attractions

Attractions and Highlights Near the Duomo (Cathedral)

Behind the Duomo, on a small street on the north side, the cruise traveler will find the small 'Church of St. Giulia' (a on map) worth visiting, although it only opens in the morning.

The New Synagogue (b on map) is impossible to miss on Piazza (Square) Elijah Benamozegh.

Via Madonna is relatively close by. The Mercato Cantrale and the Fosso Reale are both within walking distance as well.

Restaurants and Flavors

Also behind the Duomo, on the south side the 'Caffe Duomo' (1 on map) is a nice place to have a quick bite, a cappuccino and to check emails as it offers Free Wi-Fi.

Around the corner from this well known coffee shop you will find 'La Vecchia Senese' (2 on map), a restaurant favored by locals and offering special prices to cruise ship passengers.

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