The District of “Venezia” is located in the heart of Livorno and represents the true historic center. Most of the buildings, churches and architectural structures were in fact untouched by the bombings of World War II.
The Sienese architect Giovanni Battista Santi, in the early eighteenth century, projected a nucleus with a strong commercial value, with a series of warehouses and homes located just behind the harbor. The presence of numerous canals and the consequent need to carry water foundations, applying techniques directly imported from the Venetian lagoon, made the neighborhood famous with the name of New Venice.
Now the barges used to transport goods in the past centuries have given way to pleasure boats, while old warehouses now house bars and characteristic restaurants.
In the streets and bridges of the neighborhood is held “Effetto Venezia” (Effect Venice), one of the most important summer events in Livorno. It takes place every year at the end of July – begin of August, since 1986. In this occasion numerous initiatives are organized in the District “Venezia”, where the canals, the squares and the bridges are always crouded.