Livorno was not in our travel plans until some friends invited us to stay with them and we were incredibly surprised. This is the perfect place to make your home base as you are traveling through Tuscany. It is a family, relaxing, old world feeling type of town. A walk by the Terrazza Macagni by the sea on a sunny day is the perfect substitute for a psychologist (as my friend says) where you can see families walking with their babies greeting each other making you feel you are in another kinder, slower and more pleasant world. Livorno Centrale is a great station with easy and inexpensive train connections to most towns in Tuscany such as Pisa (15 mins), Florence (80 mins), Siena and San Gimignano (about 2 hrs). Walking downtown is another treat as you get the feeling you are stepping back in time 30 years. If you do don't miss getting the local delicacy "cinque e cinque" the most traditional sandwich from this area full of calories but full flavor as well. Don't forget to get it with eggplant! And since you are diving into a world of calories get also a "fratte" the local donut while it is still hot. . .die Kispry Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts!