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Panorama, aerial photo
Panorama, aerial photo

The Tower of Meloria

The Tower of Meloria rises on the shallows and the rocks emerging from the Ligurian Sea (Shallows of Meloria) at about 7 kilometers far from the Port of Livorno. In this area many shipwrecks occurred, therefore also many wrecks belonging both to military and civilian ships can be found here and make Meloria a significant underwater archeological area.

According to historical documents, because of the frequent shipwrecks near the Port, the Republic of Pisa, in the first half of the 12th century, decided to raise a tower which could serve as a look-out station against sudden attacks from Saracens and which could warn of the dangerous shallows at the same time. The tower, with its many torches represented for sailors a lantern in the night (as it was actually called).


 

Mascagni Terrace

A big square overlooking the Tyrrhenian sea, delimited by an elegant and sinuous balustrade made of 4,100 small white columns, with a 8,700 square meters-long chessboard made of 34,800 black and white tiles as floor.
Situated in the heart of the seafront, it has risen since 1925 on the ruins of the Eden amusement park - where some of the first Italian cinematographic shows were presented in the late 1800 - on the basis of a project by the engineer Enrico Salvais in collaboration with Luigi Pastore.


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