This lightouse was built in 1304 after that a
previous light existing since 1154 and located near Porto Pisano, a
little far North, built to mark out the many dangerous shoals at its
entrance had been abandoned because the small harbour started to be
covered with sand. The new location was more suitable. Livorno, now
and in the past a very important harbour both for passengers and
merchandises, is located on the Northern Italian coasts of Tuscany, on
the Mediterranean sea. The new tower, erected using natural stones, is
made of two embattled cylinders for a total heigh of 47 meters, it has
11 floors reachable by a spiral staicase, cut in the thickness of the
inside wall itself. On the top of its lantern there is a rotating
optics giving out four white lamps every 20 seconds that can be seen
at 24 miles.
In 1944, during WWII, the lighthouse was completely destroyed by the
withdrawing German forces and rebuilt in 1956 following the original
design and using for the outside facing as many original stones as
This lighthouse is the oldest existing on the Italian coasts still in
use and it has been declared a national monument.
map of area
- It appears this lighthouse is in the middle of the commercial
shipyards. I suspect that you can best see this lighthouse from a boat.
However, if you're in the area, I'll supply a map of the area with the
general location of the lighthouse.