Livorno (Pisa/Florence), Italy
Livorno is the port for Pisa and Florence. There is not much to see in Livorno but Pisa is very close and easy to get to. Florence is further away with lots of attractions.
Where You're Docked
Large ships dock at commercial piers in this large port with smaller ships potentially docking closer (within walking distance) to town. A shuttle may be provided to the center of Livorno. If you plan on visiting Florence, it is advised to take a taxi to Livorno train station (approx €25 - save some money by sharing) to maximize your time there and to get on the earliest train possible. A new cruise terminal, Alto Fondale, opened late 2013 for ships doing turnarounds in Livorno. Port website with port map and cruise schedule http://www.portolivorno2000.it/en/cruises
Deposito Franco Pier
Money and Tipping
If a shuttle bus is provided, it may drop you off near Piazza Grande. From here, it is a 1.5 mile walk to the train station or you can take bus 1 (Aug 2014, €1.20) to Stazione Livorno Centrale. The stop is across from the McDonalds. http://g.co/maps/bch24 http://www.atl.livorno.it/
From the train station, you can take a train to either Pisa (Aug 2014, €2-3, 15-20 minutes) or Florence (€7-10, 1.5 hr). Train tickets need to be validated by having them punched by the machines on the platform. Train schedules here http://www.trenitalia.com/
From Pisa station to the Leaning Tower, buy a bus ticket from the news stand inside the station. The bus stop is across the street from the station in front of the hotel. Take the LAM Rossa (Red) to stop Torre (tower). It is nine stops away and the most popular. Fares updated Aug 2014. http://www.cpt.pisa.it/
You may also buy your ticket on board the bus but the standard ticket costs €2. Onboard the bus, you must validate your ticket by punching it in one of the yellow machines.
Private buses and tours may also run to Pisa. Information can usually be found in Livorno's main square by tourist info where the shuttles drop you off.
Going to Florence requires a lot of walking. The city is relatively compact with narrow streets and big buses are not allowed in the town center.
Must See Sights
Shopping & Restaurants
There is a large market for clothing and souvenirs around the central market building by the northeast corner of the San Lorenzo complex. This is where you can find the entrance for the Medici Chapel as well. Mercato Nuovo(Straw Market) is located a block west of Piazza Signoria and has leather goods. You can rub the nose of boar statue on the south side of the market for luck.
Do not buy fake handbags or souvenirs from street sellers. It is illegal for both the seller and buyer. You will see them scatter when the police walk by.
Restaurants on the main tourist streets tend to be very expensive due to the high rents. For pizza restaurants, try Pizzeria O'Vesuvio, Via dei Cimatori 21r or Leo Gusto, Via del Proconsolo 8-10/r, or le colonnine Via de' Benci. For a cafeteria style restaurant, Ristorante Self-Service Leonardo, Via de' Pecori 35/r is located close to the Duomo.
If you want to have a coffee at a cafe, you will pay extra to sit down and even more to sit outside. You'll notice most of the locals stand at the counter. If you order a coffee, you will get an espresso. Order an americano if you want a watered down espresso. Italians only drink cappucinos for breakfast.
For gelato, try Antica Gelateria Fiorentina on Via Faenza near the Medici Chapels. http://goo.gl/maps/3hOMN
In Florence, prices drop significantly off the main tourist streets. Find a street parallel to a main one if looking for a drink or snack.
In Florence, there is a post office at Via Pellicceria 3 by the southwest corner of Piazza della Repubblica with the carousel. In Pisa, there is a post office at Via Vecchia Barbaricina 1 about a block west of the bapistry. In Livorno, there is a post office near the corner of Via San Sebastiano and Via Monte Grappa off Via Grande.
Day in Florence
If starting at San Croce, save the church for last if you have time or get back early. Head across the river and head up the hill toward Piazzale Michelangelo. Enjoy the views and head back down crossing the river at Ponte Vecchio. From the bridge, follow the crowds toward Palazzo Vecchio. If you pre-purchased tickets, the Uffizi gallery is next door. Your next stop would be the Duomo. Check out the ornate doors of the bapistry beside the Duomo. If you're up for a climb, go up the Duomo tower. Next stop is to the Accademia to see the Statue of David. Head west to the central market if you want to pick up some souvenirs. Take the main street via Roma back towards Palazzo Vecchio heading back to San Croce.
Cafes, restaurants, and McDonalds may provide free wifi for customers.
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