Livorno is a good starting point and base for a tour of Tuscany. You can reach [[Pisa]] in half an hour, [[Lucca]] and [[Florence]] in about an hour. (See note under "Get in" "By Boat" above) In a well-organized day you can tour ''[[Chianti]]-side'' going to [[Monteriggioni]], [[San Gimignano]], [[Siena]] and [[Volterra]] and be back for dinner; return before cruise ship departure could be problematic.
Livorno is a good starting point and base for a tour of Tuscany. You can reach [[Pisa]] in half an hour, [[Lucca]] and [[Florence]] in an hour. (See note under "Get in" "By Boat" above) In a well-organized day you can tour ''[[Chianti]]-side'' going to [[Monteriggioni]], [[San Gimignano]], [[Siena]] and [[Volterra]] and be back for dinnerreturn before cruise ship departure could be problematic.
Many cruise ships stop here for at least a full day to allow guests to tour Florence and/or Pisa. Guests not taking cruise ship arranged tours can take a shuttle (supplied by the port) to the the downtown area. It offers a decent shopping experience, but not compared to Florence. A further 10-20 minute walk (or another bus ride) gets you to a train station. There you can take frequent departures for either Pisa or Florence. Many experts advise seeing Florence or Pisa on a one-day port visit by cruise ship. Though some tours claim to cover both, you'll get no more than a rushed look at a few icons...and if you're too early or late for any, it may well be closed.
If hoping for maximum time in Florence...
Take an early cab (perhaps shared with another couple) from your ship to and from the Livorno train station.
At the station, ask for a train that goes to the Firenze Santa Maria Novella. Locals will happily help. For a complete article see .
Bus number 1 is a shuttle from train station to the port and vice-versa. Ticket for one hour of travel is 1,00 Euros, daily ticket is 3,20 Euros. For self-reliant cruise passengers, this is part of the most economical way to reach trains to Pisa and Florence. A map is online .
San Giovanni's spa: the San Giovanni Spa, overlooking the Gulf of Portoferraio, stands on an area of 5 hectares of marshland which yields a silt with high therapeutic potential, making this spa establishment the only Thalassotherapy centre in the Western Mediterranean.
Venturina's spa: the thermal waters Venturina were known by the Etruscans and Romans, hence the name "Aquae Populoniae. Flow in 45 ° Celsius throughout the year, with constant flow, and are classified as calcium-magnesium-sulphate-bicarbonate-alkalines.
Cacciucco - fish stew
Riso Nero - Black Rise-(Risotto darkened with squid ink)
Trattoria Sottomarino, Via dei Terrazzini 48/50 - ph. +39 0586 887025 - Close to Piazza della Repubblica and Fortezza Nuova (Venezia District). Fish cuisine, don't miss the gorgeous cacciucco - Closed on MO and TU.
Cantina Senese in Borgo Cappucino famous for Caccucio and Black Rise
"Ponce alla livornese" is optimal to finish a meal (warm drink with coffee and rum).
Hotel Hermitage, Via dei Melograni 13 57020, Marina di Bibbona, Tel. +39.0586.600218 Fax +39.0586.600760. . 4-star modern and comfortable Hotel Hermitage in Marina di Bibbona near the splendid Etruscan coast
Livorno is a good starting point and base for a tour of Tuscany. You can reach Pisa in half an hour, Lucca and Florence in somewhat over an hour. (See note under "Get in" "By Boat" above) In a well-organized day you can tour Chianti-side going to Monteriggioni, San Gimignano, Siena and Volterra and be back for dinner. However, return before a cruise ship departure could be problematic.