The northwestern Italian city of Livorno celebrates its thousandth birthday in 2017. It was originally built as part of an array of fortresses established to protect the nearby city of Pisa and over the centuries was bought and sold again by various larger cities, before gradually becoming an important trading port in its own right. The current city of some 160,000 people is a popular travel destination with a strong economy based on tourism, shipbuilding and petrochemicals. Known locally as "Montecatini al Mare" in reference to another beautiful and popular Italian town, expats living in Livorno will have the doubly good fortune of being in one of the loveliest areas of Italy as well as being in a popular and beautiful Mediterranean destination in its own right. Expatriates in Livorno should make a point of visiting the 'Old' and 'New' Fortresses, both centuries old, and the central Piazza della Repubblica. A walk down the magnificent Terrazza Mascagni terrace is also obligatory to every new expat living in Livorno.
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The Mediterranean city is a busy port receiving a large number of cruise ships, so expatriates moving to Livorno could really arrive in style if they wanted. More practically speaking, the city is well linked to Italy's train network which is inexpensive and a picturesque way to travel. Expats moving to Livorno can also fly into the nearby Pisa International Airport, which is served by a large selection of airlines from numerous destinations. When planning your journey, you may like to seek out other expatriates in Livorno before travelling. The InterNations forums, discussion groups and private messages are an ideal platform to get information, organize a meet-up or simply scout out other global minds and expats living in Livorno. Even if you have no ready-made contacts upon arrival, though, the city is friendly and used to welcoming guests – so settling in should be enjoyable and straightforward.
As you might expect from a major tourist and travel destination, there is plenty for soon-to-be expats working in Livorno to look forward to. The city's Mediterranean climate and coastal location alone make it a wonderful base before you even consider the great local cuisine, range of historic and cultural sights to see and famed Italian culture. Life as an expatriate working in Livorno will inevitably involve the café culture, outdoor restaurants and – if you're active – bicycles that have come to be synonymous with life in Italy. Should you wish to find out more about expatriation generally, you can find out more on the ins and outs of expat finance, insurance, cross-cultural communication and similar topics in the Expat Magazine on the InterNations website. You may hardly need to, though, as your biggest challenge for settling into Livorno might well be reminding yourself that you're not on an indefinite holiday, and remembering to turn up for work.