San Piero a Grado
1/2 day trip from Livorno
Where Saint Peter landed
San Piero a Grado is one of the coastal villages of the municipality of Pisa, located on the way to Marina di Pisa, about seven kilometers from the city.
In the Middle Ages, before the inexorable advance of the coastline, the place was not far from the port of Pisa.
The name derives from the particular topography of the area at that time, characterized by natural terraces (steps) generated by the constant flooding of the Arno river creating the great basin of the port of Pisa.
In Roman times, the name of the little settlement was in fact Gradus Arnensis.
According to tradition, St. Peter landed here in the year 44 AD , right in the place where today stands a large basilica. The Basilica of St. Peter the Apostle is the main point of interest in the area: you can get there following Viale Gabriele D' Annunzio, the road along the Arno River.