Interesting facts and ideas for your own trip to Tuscany
- Regular berth: possible at various locations in the widely ramified industrial port
- Port shuttle: Required. The port may not be crossed on foot.
- Taxis: Usually available on the quay. To Livorno Centrale station it takes about 10 minutes and costs 20-30 euros.
- Buses: well-developed line network, tickets can be bought at Piazza del Municipio, Piazza Grande and in tobacconist's shops
- Rental car*: Europcar, Stazione Marittima - Calata Carrara
- Rental car*: Hertz, Livorno Ferry Terminal - Calata Carrara
- Rental car*: Avis, Stazione Marittima - Calata Carrara
- Post Office: in Via Cairoli, a few meters behind the cathedral
- Tourist Information: Via Pieroni 18, between Piazza del Municipio and Piazza Grande
- Shuttle Buses
The berths of the cruise ships are mainly located in the industrial harbour. As the port area is not freely accessible, shuttle buses are used for cruise ship passengers. These usually go to Piazza del Municipio or to Piazza Grande, which is about 150 metres away. Depending on the shipping company, shuttle buses cost between 8 and 12 euros per person. If the buses are provided by the city, however, no costs are incurred.
- Livorno Card
At the tourist information you can buy the Livorno Card. The day ticket costs 3 euros and entitles you to free travel on local city buses and free admission to some museums. There are also discounts from various providers.
Cattedrale di San Francesco, or also called Duomo San Francesco, is located directly at the Piazza Grande. The church, built in the 16th century, was rebuilt according to original plans after its destruction in the Second World War. The cathedral houses paintings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.
- Bus to Pisa
For crusaders some bus connections may be interesting. One of them is certainly bus line 10, whose buses stop directly behind the cathedral, near the stop of the harbour shuttle.
From there the journey continues to Pisa. But for one direction, one should plan a travel time of 55-60 minutes per direction.
The Monumento Dai Quattro Mori, in Piazza Giuseppe Micheli, is the symbol of Livorno and is dedicated to the Grand Duke Ferdinand I. The monument is intended to commemorate the victorious battle against the Saracens.
- Market Hall
On Via Buontalenti is the Mercato Centrale, whose market halls were built in 1894. Renovation work inside, has been carried out in recent years. The market offers a wide variety of fresh and non-perishable goods.
In the municipal Aquarium Acquario di Livorno all kinds of marine animals can be observed. The entrance fee for adults is 13 euros. Children over one meter up to 140 cm tall pay 8 Euros. Children up to 100 cm tall have free admission. The aquarium is open daily from 10:00 am, from April to September. From October to March only on weekends. The closing times vary and are between 18:00 and 21:00.
- Sea Terrace
Right next to the aquarium is a beautifully laid out sea terrace, the Terrazza Mascagni. The spacious rest area invites you to relax. At the adjacent Viale Italia, buses of line 1 stop.
- Fortress Park
The largest park in Livorno is located in the Fortezza Nuova. The fortress, surrounded by a moat, was built in the 16th century to protect the city from pirate attacks.
- Fortress Vecchia and Observation Tower
The Fortezza Vecchia is located directly at the port. Work on the fortress was completed in 1534. The sometimes quite severe damage to the exterior was caused by bomb attacks during the Second World War. The interior has been extensively renovated and is now used for numerous cultural events. From the tower you have a great view over the port and Livorno itself.
- New Venice
Interesting is the district Venezia Nuova. New Venice is crossed by canals and bridges and thus resembles the very famous lagoon city. It is situated exactly between the fortresses Fortezza Vecchia and Fortezza Nuova.
- Canal Cruises
The canals of Livorno can be explored with a boat trip. Tickets are available at the tourist office for 12 euros per person. Holders of the Livorno Card get a discount of 2 euros. Children between 5 and 12 years of age pay 5 euros. The trip takes 50 minutes. From May to October there are tours at 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30 and 15:30.
- Central Station
Livorno Centrale, Livorno's main railway station is located about 2.3 km from Piazza Grande. On foot you need about 30 minutes. It is faster and more comfortable to take the bus line 1, or a taxi. Tickets for the bus can be bought in tobacconist's shops. These have to be validated in the bus and one can plan a travel time of approximately 12 minutes for each right. With the Italian train, one gets to the surrounding tourist destinations as Pisa, Lucca and Florence. Tickets can be bought at the counter or at the automats in the station hall. The machine speaks German. Tickets are validated at the platform before departure.
By rental car* or taxi it takes about 30 minutes to reach Pisa. The bus line 10 takes about 60 minutes. The train makes it in about 15 minutes and leaves about every half hour. In addition, there are the travel times to and from the train stations. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is, depending on the chosen route, approximately 2 km away from the station in northern direction. You can reach it on foot in a comfortable 30 minutes and can "by the way" experience the beautiful city and stroll through the pedestrian zone Corso Italia. Alternatively, bus line 875 stops west of Piazza dei Miracoli, not far from the tower. For the small appetite there is a well-known fast food restaurant in the immediate vicinity.
Lucca is about 50 km away from Livorno and impresses with its well preserved medieval old town. The mighty city wall from the 16th century surrounds the town centre and is accessible. The train station is located in the immediate vicinity of the southern city gate Saint Pietro. By car*, it takes about 45 minutes to reach Lucca. Bicycles of all kinds can be rented near the train station.
- Florence and San Gimignano
Florence and San Gimignano, with its gendered towers, are each about 90 km from Livorno. As the shipping companies rarely leave their cruise ships at the pier for 2 days, it is advisable to arrive here by rental car*. You can plan 90 minutes for the one way trip. It is advisable to keep to the speed limits. Radar controls are not rare. Both places are worth seeing.
- Excursion Portals and Excursion Providers
Through the tour and excursion providers GetYourGuide*, Meine Landausflüge* and Viator*, you can book various excursions, activities, tours, tickets and admission tickets, which are often offered at much lower prices than comparable excursions offered by the shipping companies. In this way, a large number of excursions can be arranged on your own.
A small preselection of independent excursion offers
for, in and around Livorno,
we have compiled for you here.
- Cruises and Special Offers
If you have not yet booked a cruise, but would like to get to know Livorno and Tuscany personally and make excursions on your own, you will find great offers from the major cruise operators in the German-speaking countries. Aida*, Costa* and Tui Cruises - Mein Schiff* offer attractive routes with their modern cruise ships, together with other interesting destinations. Book your next dream holiday directly with the shipping company at fair conditions.
All ocean and river cruises can also be booked conveniently and inexpensively online with the sea travel specialist Kreuzfahrten-Zentrale Astoria*. This means that you can choose from a wide range of up-to-date offers from various shipping companies. These include AIDA Cruises, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and TUI Cruises. Also attractive are the popular special offers, with which one can travel at a particularly low price and possibly also get a great bargain.
- Opening hours of the banks: Monday to Friday from 08:30-13:00 and from 14:30-16:00
- Opening hours of the tourist information office: daily from 09:00-17:00
- General emergency call: Tel. 112
- Police: Tel. 113
- Emergency doctor: Tel. 118
- Fire department: Tel. 115
- Vaccination recommendation: Tropical Institute Italy
- Bus timetables: Livorno bus schedules
- Bus timetables: Pisa bus schedules
- Train timetables: Livorno train timetables Trenitalia
- City map: Livorno Map
- City map: Lucca Map
- Climate table: Livorno Climate
- Port occupancy: Cruise ships in Livorno
- National currency: Euro, 1 Euro = 100 Cent
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