Scoglio della Regina, Livorno
Walking towards the seafront, the first place you come to is the Scoglio della Regina, the Queen's bathhouse, a dilapidated old building hanging over the sea at the end of a pier. I suppose these bathhouses must have been popular at some point, allowing bathers to dip in privacy, but unfortunately things change and Scoglio della Regina looks as if it is about to drift off into the Med. Maybe one day it will be renovated and reopened as something, but for now it is quite a sad sight.
This is all being done up and will be a tourist trap any minute I expect.
I have just gone off and done some googling to find out more about it.
There was an info board on the promenade but it had been translated into English by a machine and almost completely mystified me.
The web sites aren't much better.
But as near as I can figure it out there was an Etruscan Queen who got keen on sea bathing (about the time the English got keen on sea bathing - in the 18th century???) and had a bathing shed built for herself.
Somewhere to change and leave your wallet while you take a dip sort of thing, I expect.
All the locals got keen on it too when she set the lead and the promenade developed from there.