Visit Pisa & Florence From Your Ship in Livorno


If you have chosen a Mediterranean Cruise your Ship is going to make a stop in the Port of Livorno, one of the major commercial ports in Italy. It serves not only cruise ships, but also cargo ships and ferries, which make it a very busy port where different cruise ships can dock on the same day.

Cruise Ships have several docks they can use, depending on their size and the traffic on their arrival day, so make sure you use a professional company that can track your ship and know which dock to pick you up at. It might sound trivial, but it will save you wasting time.

Rome in Limo knows how important your limited time onshore is and will ensure you find your driver waiting for you just off the gangway of your ship. He will have a sign with your name on so that you can easily spot him.

The Port of Livorno, like most commercial ports in Italy, is nowhere near the major cities. It’s actually half an hour away from Pisa and a little over one hour away from Florence. So you might ask, why not start from Pisa? The answer is, with years of experience in the field, we have established the best travelling time depending on traffic.

Once you reach Florence you can explore the Church of Santa Croce, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery, Piazza della Signoria, the Ponte Vecchio and the Accademia Gallery. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes since most of the sites are located in the historical center, which is mostly a pedestrian area.

The Accademia Gallery houses the David by Michelangelo, together with many other masterpieces by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Orcagna, to name just a few, will take about 40 minutes to visit. To ensure you don’t waste any time in line you have to reserve your tickets in advance. To do this you need to call 011 39 055 294883 (from the US) and follow the instructions. Keep in mind the time difference when calling. Office hours are from 8.30 am to 6:30 pm Italian Local Time.

We suggest 11 am entrance to fit into the rest of the schedule and since tickets have closed numbers, you should reserve them as soon as possible. Also, please keep in mind that the Accademia Gallery is closed on Mondays, so should your ship dock on this day, perhaps you should consider another shore excursion from the port of Livorno.

You can choose to have lunch in one of the family owned restaurants or grab a bite of Pizza to eat while exploring the city. That’s entirely up to you, but given the short time you’re allowed off the ship and the multitude of sites to see we, suggest a quick bite.


After lunch it will be time to drive to Pisa for your visit of the Piazza dei Miracoli, which includes the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Camposanto and, of course, the Leaning Tower, which is actually the Cathedral’s bell tower. If you wish to climb the Leaning Tower you need to get your tickets in advance. We suggest 3:30 pm so that you have enough time prior to returning to your ship.


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