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Boat tour of the Medici canals

Welcome aboard the Marco Polo boat for an unusual tour along the Medici Canals that allows you to know the fascinating culture of this particular town, marked by its marine traditions.
The boat tour is an opportunity to discover Leghorn from an unusual and suggestive perspective. Passing through the waterways you will discover the original city with its fortresses, palaces, churches, bridges and cellars opening on the water, evidence of an ancient commercial and port tradition.

1. Republic Square
2. Covered Market
3. Church belong to the Dutch and German Community
4. Palaces built in the 19th century
5. Palio Marinaro warehouse
6. The Medicean Port
7. The Four Moors Statue
8. Old Fortress
9. Venice Quarter
10. New Fortress

The tour

1. Republic Square
Fascinating passage under the largest Square-bridge in Europe, because it’s large 242 meters. It was built in 1838 during the Lorena Family in fact it’s known as the Grand Dukes’ Square for the statues of Ferdinand III and his son Leopold II upstairs. It’s also called the Voltone for the big vault that covers the canal and that puts in connection the old part of the town with the modern one.

2. Covered Market
It’s the biggest Covered Market made in Tuscany at the end of the 19th century. Inside you can find typical products coming not only from Tuscany but also from different foreign communities that arrived to Leghorn from the end of the 16th century.

3. Church belong to the Dutch and German Community
The church, in a neo gothic style, was built in 1864 with local sandstone and it belong to the Dutch and German Community.

4. Palaces built in the 19th century
Maurogordato Palace belong to the important Greek merchant family Maurogordato at the end of the 19th century but its external structure remembers the Palaces of the 16th century in Florence. The following palaces are: the Black Eagle Palace from the name of the first luxurious hotel in Leghorn called Black Eagle that then left the name to the palace and the Palace Squilloni.

5. Palio Marinaro warehouse
Entering in this ancient warehouse is a unique experience. The original internal structure is supported by pillars with vaulted ceilings. Inside you can find different objects about our marine tradition like flags of the quarters in which Leghorn is divided, buoys, anchors, hooks etc. and for this it’s considered a true sanctuary of the sea. Its name Palio Marinaro remembers one of the rowing races that develops in front of the Mascagni Terrace.

6. The Medicean Port
The Medicean Port was built from the beginning of the 17th century thanks to Cosimo II of the Medici’s Family and it’s a development of the ancient port dating back to the XI th century when Leghorn was born like a small village of fishermen. It includes important monuments like the Lighthouse, the ancient docks, the Medicean Mole, the rests of the Fortress of the Mouth of the harbor.

7. The Four Moors Statue
The statue, made by Giovanni Bandini at the end of the 16th century and dedicated to Ferdinand I of the Medici’s Family, Grand Master of the Military Order of St. Stephen, symbolizes the victory against the piracy that in those centuries invaded our coasts. The piracy is represented by the bronze statues of the Moors made by Pietro Tacca.

8. Old Fortress
Among the most important historical monuments, the elegant fortress contains the origins of our town: the cylindrical watching tower (Matilde’s Mastio 13th century), the rests of the first watching tower (XIth century) and the square structure made by the town of Pisa “Quadratura dei Pisani (14th century). The external part of the Fortress was built in 1521 and designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Old.

9. Venice Quarter
Located in the historical heart of Leghorn, is the most charming quarter in the city. It was conceived at the beginning of the 17th century thanks to the Medici’s Family who called Venetian men to build this quarter through a system of piles. This is the main reason for which we call it the Venice Quarter besides the bridges and the canals putting in connection the different parts of the quarter and that make it similar to the Venetian city. In the 18th century it was the residence of the wealthy foreign merchants. Actually it’s a very lively area for the presence of characteristic locals.

10. New Fortress
Imposing defensive structure dating back to 1591, it was partly demolished at the end of the 17th century to develop the Venice Quarter. It became the commercial center of the city from the middle of the 17th century.