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Quarter Venice: photo description (Quartiere La Venezia)

Quarter of Venice is a real "little Venice" of Livorno, is located away from the busy streets of the city centre and gives you the opportunity to see the city as it was in the 17th and 18th centuries when the port of Livorno was one of the largest in the Mediterranean and it was inhabited by immigrants from all over the world. By day Venice is a quiet and tranquil quarter, and in the evening when open bars and restaurants, begins in the vibrant nightlife. Here every year in late July, the festival Effetto Venezia.

From the square in front of City Hall, visited by tourist buses and where is the tourist information office, head for via del Porticciolo - a narrow street that runs between the Palazzo della Dogana (chamber of Commerce) and the new municipality building. From there you can turn right and be on the via Borra - historic residential quarter, where in the 17th and 18th centuries settled wealthy merchants. At the beginning of this street is the Ponte di Marmo marble parapets and inscriptions on the left side, made in the 17th century by the local boatmen in memory of their loved ones. Beyond the bridge begins a series of old buildings that in the past belonged to rich merchants, for example, Palazzo Hudgens - a typical example along the coast of the Baroque. In the Palace stayed the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III de ' Medici and the king of Denmark Frederick IV. While the Palazzo delle Column is remarkable for its entrance, framed by two marble columns.

From via Borra you can get to the striking Piazza dei Domenicani, with views of the canal and the fortress of the 17th-century Fortezza Nuova. Attraction of the square is the recently restored octagonal Church of Santa Caterina of the 18th century is one of the most beautiful churches of Livorno. Inside is kept the altarpiece of the brush Giorgio Vasari and wooden manger Cesare Tarrini. Behind the Church stands the former convent, which served as a prison, it in the years of the Nazi dictatorship sat Sandro Pertini (future President of Italy and Ilio, Barontini. Further, on via San Marco, is interesting, although badly damaged building, the San Marco theatre. It was in this building in 1920-ies was founded the Communist party of Italy. The theater itself was built in 1806 year, but was seriously damaged in the earthquake of 1846, the year and during air raids during the Second World war.

If you go along the canal at del Pontino, Scully and Scully delle Cantine, which opens onto a large Piazza della Repubblica, and from there, get on Viale degli Valorate. And you can choose a shorter path along the Fortezza Nuova, which will lead to the building of municipality.