Why choose a cruise to Livorno?
With a Livorno cruise, you’ll be whisked away to Tuscany’s most renowned cultural hotspots. World-class Renaissance art and architecture, chic boutique shops and gourmet cuisine are just some of the reasons why visitors flock to this part of the world.
The port city of Livorno is your gateway to the popular cities of Pisa and Florence, home to some of Italy’s most iconic landmarks and celebrated historical attractions.
A guide to Livorno’s hotspots
As you disembark from the ship, take the time to explore Livorno’s picturesque waterfront. Stroll along the bustling promenade to watch the boats bob in the harbour, and visit the canal-laced New Venice district, where historical churches, palaces and fortresses hide around every corner.
When you’ve spent some time soaking up the sights in Livorno, head north along the coast to Pisa. Most notable for its wonky architectural structures, this world-famous city is one of Italy’s most photographed destinations. Get your camera ready and visit Campo dei Miracoli, dominated by the city’s cathedral, baptistry and, of course, the Leaning Tower.
Known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is a haven for culture vultures. Make a beeline for the World Heritage centre to see architectural wonders such as the 13th-century cathedral, the Duomo, the Giotto’s Campanile bell tower and other impressive religious sites. There’s also some highly-rated museums and galleries showcasing masterpieces from the likes of Botticelli and Michelangelo, which are well worth a visit.
Home to some of the world’s most esteemed fashion designers, no trip to Italy is complete without indulging in some retail therapy. In Pisa, head to Borgo Stretto, where you’ll find everything from jewellery to leather goods on offer. Florence has some of the country’s most noteworthy fashion houses, as well as specialist boutiques and backstreet workshops, making for a unique shopping experience.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Livorno
The best time to visit Livorno
The peak season for Livorno and Tuscany is from June to August. In the summer, temperatures reach the high 20s and as expected, tourist hotspots can become crowded. Some of Tuscany’s most eagerly anticipated festivals and events take place during the summer, including the Patron Saint Feast Day in June, with parades, entertainment and fireworks.
For more comfortable weather and thinner crowds, visit either side of the summer, from April to June or September to October. Autumn marks the grape-harvesting season in Tuscany, while spring sees the countryside burst into colour with flower-filled meadows.
Did you know?
- Florence is home to almost one-third of the world’s most treasured art
- One of the most visited cities in the world, Florence attracts millions of visitors every year
- The construction of the Leaning Tower of Pisa began in the 12th century and took 344 years to complete
- Pisa has a number of other wonky structures – the church of St Nicola and the church of St Michele dei Scalzi also have leaning bell towers
- The well-loved children’s story Pinocchio originated from Tuscany – the author, Carlo Collodi, was from Florence