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Florence/Pisa

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Overview

Florence, the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany, is particularly famous for its art and architecture. Florence is a definite highlight of many European cruise itineraries. To visit Florence on a cruise you have to port in the Italian city of Livorno, in its huge (commercial) port. It's about a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from Livorno to Florence.

Cruisers typically do not stay in the Livorno area, as it doesn't have much to offer a tourist. They use Livorno as a gateway to the rest of Tuscany. As such, another option when arriving in Livorno is to vist the city of Pisa. Pisa, also located in Tuscany, is the capital city of the province of Pisa. This city is particularly well known worldwide because of its famous bell tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It's only about a 25 minute drive from Livorno to Pisa, yet most cruisers opt to go to Florence since there's a lot more to do and see there.

Florence typically has hot, humid summers (without much rainfall) and cool, damp winters. The hottest month of the year in Pisa is typically July, while the coldest is in January. November is usually the wettest month of the year in Pisa.



Destinations
Florence and Pisa are accessible on a cruise via Livorno (which is also not a cruise departure port). Livorno is included on many Mediterranean cruises.


Cruise Lines Departing Here

Florence and Pisa are not cruise departure ports, and neither is Livorno.



Currency
The official currency is the Euro. ATM machines are available, but make sure you use one that works with the card you're using. ATM machines will usually give you a better exchange rate than a bank or hotel. Using a credit card is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency.


Language
The official language of Italy is Italian. However, you'll find a decent number of people that speak some English in the tourist areas.


Tourist Attractions

Florence

Florence is a location where you mostly walk around, from place to place, to see the various landmarks and attractions. The most well-known landmark in Florence is a domed cathedral known as Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as The Duomo. It is the largest brick and mortar built dome in the world. Another famous landmark in the city of Florence is the Fountain of Neptune, a beautiful marble structure that is located on the Piazza della Signoria, a square that is often considered to be the political hub of the city.

Piazzo Vecchio is Florence's town hall. It's a massive gothic structure that overlooks the Piazza della Signoria. At the entrance of the area is a copy of the Michelangelo masterpiece David.

The Uffizi Gallery, completed way back in 1581, is one of the world's most famous art museums. This museum offers a huge collection of some of the world's greatest works of art (including that of Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael), and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Florence.

The Arno River cuts through the city of Florence, and is very much a special part of the city's unique character. Crossing the Arno is the Ponte Vecchio, an ancient bridge that has a few shops built along its edge (held up by stilts). This was the only bridge left in Florence after the attacks of World War II.

The Basilica of San Lorenzo is one of the largest churches in Florence, located at the center of the city's main market area.

While walking around Florence, especially while in crowds, be careful of pickpocketing and watch out for fast moving vehicles flying down the streets.

Pisa

As mentioned above, Pisa's most famous landmark (by far) is the Leaning Tower of Pisa (a bell tower). However, there are quite a few other landmarks in Pisa. For instance, the Piazza dei Miracoli houses the Leaning Tower, the Duomo (the Cathedral), the Baptistry (a religious building build in 1153) and the Camposanto, a monumental cemetary.

The famous Arno River also runs through Pisa, as it does in Florence.


Port Location
Cruise ships dock in the port of Livorno, which gives you access to both the cities of Florence and Pisa.

As explained above, Livorno is about a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from Florence. The most popular, and (usually) most affordable way to travel from Livorno to Florence via car is to take the cruise line's motorcoach service (if they offer one). You can also take a taxi or rent a car. If you plan to rent a car be sure to make reservations, as they can sell out quick. Another option is to take a 15 minute ride from the port in Livorno to the train station (the Piazza Grande), from where it takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to Florence. Many cruise lines provide a shuttle service between Livorno's port and train station.

It's only about a 25 minute drive from Livorno to Pisa, so it's much closer to Livorno than Florence is. However, many more cruisers will opt to go to Florence due to its extreme popularity.
 
Aerial view of Florence
Aerial view of Florence
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The Duomo
The Duomo (of Florence)
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The Bridges of Florence
The Bridges of Florence
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Piazza della Republica
The Piazza della Republica (in Florence)
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Arno River in Florence
Arno River in Florence
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Aerial view of Pisa
Aerial view of Pisa
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Leaning Tower of Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Pisa City Walls
Walls of the city of Pisa
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The Baptistry of the Cathedral
The Baptistry of the Cathedral (in Pisa)



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