Venezia Nuova

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Brun066
Florence, Italy10,389 contributions
A complex urban story; but today the neighborhood speaks to the visitor an original and unique language
Jan 2021
In considering the “Venezia Nuova”, it's first of all necessary to bear in mind that, although this is the Livorno district which has best preserved its traditional characteristics, it doesn't correspond to the oldest part of the city. Actually once it was the northern outskirts of the historic city, as it is today, and took on an image of "historic center" only because the amphibious (indeed, Venetian) character of it prevented a cancellation of its pristine urban layout, such as instead it took place elsewhere in Livorno.
To realize this, just look at a map of the Livorno city center: you will see the location of "Venezia Nuova" with respect to the original pentagonal plan of Livorno, largely identifiable through canals and other water surfaces, designed by the great architect Bernardo Buontalenti (1531-1608) . In fact, this plan - still legible although soon modified compared to the original project - leaves at least half of “Venezia Nuova” (that is, the part north of the “Fosso Venezia”) outside its perimeter: .
Not only this: the "Venezia Nuova", like every other part of the city, was certainly not born from scratch during the urban creation of the early Medici period: many of the architectural and urban planning solutions that we see are gradually adopted in the following centuries. We cite just a few examples. The two main churches found in the area, Santa Caterina and San Ferdinando, were only built at the beginning of the 18th century; the so-called "Bottini dell’olio", underground oil depots installed in a building on the current Viale Caprera, date back to the same period. And above all, much of the district that now stands west of the "Fortezza Nuova" was built only starting from the second half of the 17th century, following the disposal of the western wing of the Fortress, which made it possible to sell by auction the surfaces. no longer occupied and therefore buildable.
Nonetheless, the visitor's feeling is that this "amphibious" neighborhood, bordered by winding canals, featuring numerous ramps ("scalandroni") that descend from the street level almost to the canals, maintains its unity, despite the different eras of formation, and that this unity is original and evocative. Evocative, in fact, of the real Venice, to a greater extent than any corner of any other Italian city. And this feeling is not dissolved by some infamous episodes, such as the demolition and reconstruction in ugly forms, that took place here and there in the 1950s.
Written March 4, 2021
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Bettagettalife
Nyon District, Switzerland107 contributions
Worth a visit
Dec 2019
We enjoyed a couple of hours walk around the Nuova Venezia, from the New Fortress to the Old Fortress. Then we walked on through the buzzling main shopping area, and venured into the old covered market.
Written January 2, 2020
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jbwhitehouse
Dallas, TX1,573 contributions
Like Venice canals but not flooded
Oct 2019
Nuova Venezia (Little Venice) has canals reminiscent of Venice. Small area that is easy to walk around. Built in the 1600s.
Written November 25, 2019
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David G
Ventura, CA64 contributions
Don't expect Venice
Jul 2019 • Family
Some said "New Venice" is "Little Venice," or it was building "in the style of Venice." That is like saying Bakersfield is "little Hollywood." It just isn't. Still, it was a nice walk, with lots of interesting buildings. At one municipal building, a guard motioned us into a hallway and unlocked a door for us, showing us a beautiful glass chandelier.
Written August 4, 2019
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GordonW318
Gloucester, UK1,218 contributions
Generally Filthy Canals
Jun 2019 • Couples
The New Venice is really poor. Many of the canals contain rubbish and are not maintained as you would expect.
There were many police about the city and particularly the canal area as thefts from tourists was rife.
Written July 19, 2019
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wherewego.cityhideout
Zagreb, Croatia1,540 contributions
Small charming quarter
May 2019 • Family
Venetian quarter in Livorno it is really reminding on Venice while you walk on its streets and Fort. Quarter is not big, no more than 10 minutes to pass through it.
Written May 14, 2019
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stonewithnomoss
Duhok, Iraq918 contributions
Fascinating side of Livorno
Apr 2019 • Solo
Canals and lovely old buildings. A big fort with a park inside - great views back over the main city square. A real hidden gem.
Written April 19, 2019
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany4,772 contributions
Photo opportunity
Dec 2018 • Family
We arrived to Livorno by train and wanted to go to Terrazza Mascagni but there were no busses running so we went on foot and were able to take beautiful pictures here in these channels! The weather was sunny. I found it very nice, it is a good variation from the typical Tuscanny landscape of mountains and green. Loved the city.
Written December 30, 2018
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Steve H
Axminster, UK67 contributions
Take the boat tour
Sep 2018
This part of Livorno is lovely. However, if you walk the canal area you're likely to see little apart from apartments, a few small restaurants and of course the canal. Seeing the area from a boat delivers a greater experience. The history surrounding this area is phenomenal.
Written October 1, 2018
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TravelGrandma10
Huntsville, AL493 contributions
A good way to see the city via canals
Jul 2018 • Couples
The canal trip was very enjoyable as we passed by many lovely buildings. One could see the how the canals were so important to this port city. We had a great tour guide who explained everything.
Written September 23, 2018
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