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Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy (5/1/18)

We docked in Livorno while on the Breeze in late October 2012. On our 2012 visit it was a rainy day and a bit cool. My wife, Linda, was a Fine Arts major at UGA, so she was excited about visiting Florence as it is the birthplace of the renaissance. We picked Carnival's full-day tour to Florence instead of the one that stops in Pisa on the way. We thought we would have a full-day guided tour of all the wonder sites of Florence. Instead, they took us to the Duomo and to the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's statue of David. The rest of the time, about 4 hours, we were left out in the RAIN, in the middle of town, on our own. The folks who took the Pisa/Florence tour did the same thing except that they got to see Pisa and spent much less time standing around in the rain. So, if you do take the Carnival tour, plan out what to do on you own. We plan to go back and do it right this time.

If you have been to this port before and have already toured Pisa and Florence, then you should know that Livorno is in the Tuscany Region of Italy. So, being here again gives you the opportunity to see some of the beautiful Tuscan countryside or you can take a tour to Cinque Terre.

The picture below shows a panoramic view of Florence from a hill that the bus climbed on our way back to port. This view and the one of the Ponte Vecchio bridge are iconic scenes of the fascinating city of Florence. A few years ago Jersey Shore filmed a season where the gang was in a house in Florence for about 6 to 8 weeks. What blew me away was that they didn't do ANY sightseeing of Florence until the day before they left and then they only took a half-day tour. During the tour they complained because it ended up being a walking tour. All they were concerned about was GTL (Gym, Tan and Laundry) in preparation for partying.

Florence Pic

Cruise ships dock in Livorno's commercial port. It is a working cargo port with no services. So, you want to get our there as fast as possible. It is 50 miles to Florence, which can take 1 and a quarter hours, while Pisa is less than a half hour away.

Florence (Livorno) Port Page - Cruise Critic port page for both the port and Florence.

Things to do in Livorno - Tripadvisor's Things to do in Livorno, with ranked lists attractions and activities.

Florence Attraction & Activities - Tripadvisor's Things to do in Florence, with ranked lists attractions and activities.

WhatsInPort - Great info about the port including a webcam (some ports), printable map and ships in port: nothing is listed including our ship!

Frommer's Florence - a well respected travel guide, has their take on Florence, with lots of links to explore.

Frommer's Tuscany & Umbia - a well respected travel guide, has their take on Tuscany and Umbria, with lots of links to explore.

Lonely Planet's Florence - Lonely Planet's coverage of Florence.

Lonely Planet's Tuscany - Lonely Planet's coverage of Tuscany.

Tours by Locals Florence - Experience Florence through the eyes of a local private guide! Browse our tour 'suggestions' - each can be customized just for you.

Viator's Florence Tour Offerings - Viator is a consolidator, meaning that they source tour companies and resell them. What is nice is that you can pay in USD with your credit card before you leave home. I've used them in a few places and was very pleased. If you can find the company they are using to book directly, you can save a bit.

Livorno Port Guide - Tom Sheridan has created a series of Port Guides for ports around the world. They are in PDF format; thus, can be loaded on your tablet, or printed, to have handy. Tom's website is tomsportguides.com, where he gives travel tips and explains how to best use his guides.

Florence Tourism - The official website of the Metropolitan City of Florence.

In Cinque Terre - There website gives detailed information about one of the most beautiful areas of Italy and offers you advice that surely will be useful during your visit.

Cinque Terre Tours - We are doing the Best of Cinque Terre on Monday, 5/16/16. I have no idea how many tours they can handle, but you might want to check it out. They can customize your tour if you have accessibility issues.

Rick Steves' Florence: Heart of the Renaissance - a 25-min, hi-def video that covers a day in Florence.

Rick Steves' Florence and Tuscan Side-trips - a 25-min, hi-def video that includes some of the same things in video above plus a few side-trips in Tuscany.

Rick Steves' - Italy Travel Skills - An 80-min, hi-def, travel class about traveling in Italy. He explains why Italy is his favorite country to visit and how to overcome the challenges presented.

Rick Steves' Vernazza, Italy: Cinque Terre's Jewel - A 3-min, hi-def, video that gives you a preview of one of the 5 villages of Cinque Terre.

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