The Terrazza Mascagni in Livorno is a kind of square at the end of the city’s Lungomare. It is best described as an elongated terrace with robust stone balustrades on either side. The alternating white and black tiles ensure that it is often compared to a chessboard.
Terrazza Mascagni Livorno
The Terrazza runs along Viale Italia – 57127 Livorno and can be visited free of charge at any time of the day.
History Terrazza Mascagni Livorno
The Terrazza Mascagni was built in the 1920s. At that time the fascists were in charge in Italy and it was called Terrazza Ciano, after the leader of the fascist party in the city. The architect was Enrico Salvais, who was assisted by Luigi Pastore.
It was not until the 1960s that the square was named after Pietro Mascagni, a classical composer born in Livorno. In the meantime, it had been extended northward.
On the spot where the terrace is located, there used to be a fortress. This Forte dei Cavalleggeri, however, was completely razed to the ground in 1872, after the unification of Italy.
Palco della Musica
Apart from the splendid panorama of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Palco della Musica, a temple-like building designed by Ghino Ventura at the beginning of the 30s where concerts were held, is also very picturesque. In the 90s this gazebo, almost completely bombed out in World War II, was restored true to the original.