Livorno Italy Cruise Port
Large ships dock at the container terminal, where you are not allowed to walk, shuttle buses will be provided, sometimes free depending on the cruise line. Taxis will also be available. The shuttles will drop you off at the Piazza Grande.
From there, you can take Bus #1 "Stazione" to the train station. The bus ride is about 5 minutes. From there take the train to Florence, Lucca and/or Pisa.
Getting to Florence by Train: Doing it by yourself is usually (a lot) cheaper than an organised tour, and you will have a few hours in Florence, but if you are on a cruise make sure you get back in time for the ship's departure!
Tip: If you are on a large cruise ship or if there are more cruise ships in port: Try to be one of the first to get off board, take (share) a taxi and take the train. Things otherwise might get very hectic. A ships organized excursion is the other option.
Pisa and Lucca are not as far as Florence, and you can do things more leisurely.
Printable map of Florence to take along.
Printable map of Livorno to take along.
Cruise calendar for this port.
Check here for festivals and events in Florence when you are in port.
Check here for festivals and events in Pisa when you are in port.
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in Cruise Port:
Most of the interesting bits of Livorno are within the old Porto Mediceo part of town (laid out by Florentine architect Bernardo Buonatlenti in 1567 on behalf of the Medici), still surrounded by its five-sided Fosso Reale canal. The canal is bridged in the east by an enormous vault called the Voltone, better known today as the huge rectangular Piazza della Repubblica, off the north of which you can see the Fortezza Nuova, which today is home to the city's most popular, if somewhat downtrodden, public park (open daily 10am-7pm).
Via Grande leads west from Piazza della Repubblica, passing Via Madonna on the right, with its three baroque facades (no churches, just the facades) before spilling into Piazza Grande. The Duomo here, laid out in 1587, had to be almost entirely reconstructed after World War II bombing. The piazza used to be much longer, but a modern building has separated it from what's now Largo Municipio to the north, where you'll find the bell tower and double stairs of the 1720 Palazzo Municipio and, to the left, the 17th-century Palazzo di Camera.
The tourist office is at Piazza Cavour 6.
At the tourist office just off Via Grande you can book great tours, including a canal boat tour of historic Livorno with multi lingual guides
An excellent way to see Livorno and especially to explore the surrounding area is to rent a car and head for the road! However driving in Italy is not for the faint of heart.
Helicopter excursions are available from Massa-Cinquale (where one of the two helicopters are based ) or from the Grecciano heliport, 10 minutes far from the Port of Livorno.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
If you are not visiting Florence, Pisa with it's leaning tower is within easy reach however take a cab from the Pisa train station. For the rest Pisa has little to offer.
Lucca: Imagine a beautiful little Tuscan town protected by massively thick 16th-century walls, featuring some of Italy's finest medieval and Renaissance architecture, superb dining, antique markets, classical and rock music festivals, easy access to stunning nearby villas in the surrounding hills and with endless beaches less than half an hour away. Lucca is one of Tuscany's best-kept secrets.
With a little planning you can easily combine Lucca and Pisa.
The shoreline - the outskirts of Livorno are dipped in the green of the mediterrana vegetation, encircle to you from the protected area of the Park of the Leghorn Hills. The coast that from Livorno arrives to Quercianella is one of most the beautiful of the Tuscany. The zone is destined to natural park and, for long, there are there very little houses. As soon as exited from Livorno, in Antignano begin the panoramic road and the reef coasted from numerous access to the sea. The access to sea is on foot and often is necessary to advance itself for small streets in order to catch up beach not otherwise accessible and therefore preservate from the mass tourism.
The coast between Livorno and Piombino is a succession of famous resorts and well-maintained clean beaches, many of which have been awarded Europe's Blue Flag various times.
If you are a little cultured out, you might visit San Gimignano, a pretty medieval walled city in Tuscany. Rent a car.
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The heart of Livorno, leads straight to the town center from the port, and is full of excellent shops and stores offering quality goods of every kind at prices to suit all pocketbooks. This itinerary also leads to churches of different denominations, monuments (the two Fortresses and famous "Four Moors" statue) and the imposing piazza della Repubblica.
Leather articles, shoes, silk scarves, ties and chic fashions for men and women can be found in elegant stores in Florence and to a limited extent in Livorno.
Eat your way around Livorno! If you are a lover of Italian food, or just food in general, you can easily spend a day or a weekend in Livorno making your way around a selection of the many cafés, bars, restaurants and market (mercato centrale) stalls sampling some of the local gourmet specialities. After all, Italian life rotates around food, so you cannot leave without trying at least a few of the great things to eat and drink.
There are many internet cafes, mostly around the main railway stations. Please make sure you can show your passport.
Emergency number: 112
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