Livorno Cruise

Old and New Fortresses
The Marzocco Tower
Florence and Pisa: unique beauties

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Livorno/Florence

The Old Liburna

Upon reaching the port of Livorno (Leghorn) during an MSC cruise in the Mediterranean, you will find a lively town with a glorious past; its name it thought to derive from liburna, an ancient Roman vessel.

Boasting some historical monuments – Old Fortress, New Fortress, Marzocco Tower – that have survived Fascist demolitions and Allied bombings, the city is a good starting point for a discovery tour of the Tuscan food and wine culture: fruits, vegetables, typical dishes of the traditional sea and land cuisines and, of course, wines such as Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, a wine of great regional importance. One of the excursions proposed by MSC Cruises will take you to Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Along its streets strolled great artists and writers such as Dante, Brunelleschi and Donatello, among others. Let yourself be enchanted by the beauty of its historical buildings, such as the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower or Duomo), a clear example of Gothic art with its pink, white and green marble exterior and an interior decorated with frescoes by Giorgio Vasari. The Uffizi Gallery, on the other hand, is one of the most important museums in the world, housing masterpieces by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raffaello and Tiziano, to name a few. It is impossible not to be enchanted by the magic of Ponte Vecchio (the Old Bridge), the majesty of Piazza della Signoria and the elegance of the Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross). Another excursion is dedicated to Pisa, the birth city of Galileo Galilei. The city is famous for its Tower, a leaning bell tower of white stone facing Piazza dei Miracoli, which also hosts the Cathedral and Baptistery.

The former was designed by the architects Buscheto and Rainaldo and completed at the end of the 12th century, while construction of the latter began in the second half of the 12th century. Its architectural lines are similar to those of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Must see places in Livorno

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  • HIGHLIGHTS OF FLORENCE

    CITY TOUR

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    Ample views of Tuscany’s spellbinding countryside can be enjoyed during the initial 2-hour coach ride to one of the world’s most beautiful cities: Florence. After picking up your knowledgeable guide, a tour around the city follows, the birthplace of the Italian renaissance. You will head for Michelangelo Square, where stunning views of the town and the Tuscan hills in the background await you – a perfect spot take some photos. Next up are the city centre and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, completed in 1436 with the addition of its final fabulous feature: the dome. The outing then continues on foot to reach the mid-15th-century Basilica of Santa Croce, the final resting place of Galileo Galilei, which you will visit. There will also be a little time for you to explore Santa Croce Square and the city on your own, do some shopping or find a restaurant to have a spot of lunch (at extra cost) before you return to Livorno and your ship, with further views of Tuscany to savour on the way. Please note: this excursion is only for transit guests in Livorno port. Conservative attire recommended for visiting places of religious importance. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
      • Duration
        9 h

      • Adults£65.00Price per person

      • Children£49.00Price per person

    • TWO IN ONE: FLORENCE & PISA

      CITY TOUR

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      This two-in-one tour will see you spend a day visiting both Florence and Pisa, with lovely views of the Tuscan landscape thrown in during periods of transit. A relaxing 2-hour coach ride begins your outing, taking you first to the gorgeous city of Florence to visit its key landmark: the mid-15th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. The last architectural feature to be added to the Gothic-Renaissance building was its impressive dome, finally completing the structure after around 140 years of building work. You’ll then have time to do some shopping or have lunch (at extra cost) on your own, after which you’ll be transferred to the coast en route to Pisa, the birthplace of Galileo Galilei, the 17th-century scientist who clashed with the Catholic Church over how our solar system works. A photo opportunity at Piazza dei Miracoli, home to the famous Leaning Tower, and a visit to the 13th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta then follow, after which the scenic return journey to Livorno brings the tour to a close. Please note: this excursion is only for transit guests in Livorno port. Guests will be met by tour guides on arrival in both Florence and Pisa. Conservative attire recommended for visiting places of religious importance. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
        • Duration
          9 h

        • Adults£79.00Price per person

        • Children£55.00Price per person

      • FLORENCE ON YOUR OWN

        SCENIC ROUTE

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        From high fashion to breathtaking architecture, Florence has it all in spades and this all-day tour will give you a chance to explore one of the world’s most exciting cities on your own. A scenic 2-hour coach ride will first take you from the port to Florence, after which you can seek out whichever landmarks you like. Perhaps take a look at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Giotto’s Tower, stroll through the Boboli Gardens, pay Galileo’s tomb in the Basilica of Santa Croce a visit or check out the world-famous Uffizi Gallery, to name but a few of the many options. You will have plenty of time to get your fill of the city before the coach then returns you to Livorno and your ship. Please note: this excursion is only for transit guests in Livorno port. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
          • Duration
            9 h

          • Adults£39.00Price per person

          • Children£29.00Price per person

        • THE NATIONAL PARK OF “CINQUE TERRE”

          SCENIC ROUTE

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          Although “Cinque Terre” is Italian for five lands, the name actually refers to the five picturesque villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore that sit like little jewels along the Ligurian coastline and together count as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rugged and unspoiled Cinque Terre region is your destination on this all-day tour, which begins with a 1.5-hour coach ride to La Spezia where a specialized guide will meet you and from where you will continue to Portovenere, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Your guide will tell the story of this enchanting fishing village as you admire the panorama that inspired Byron and other Italian and international poets as a muse. You will have some free time to walk along the sea and explore the cosy streets before boarding a boat for a leisurely boat tour along the coast that intends to celebrate the region’s incredible natural beauty and its well-loved ancient traditions. You will reach Monterosso al Mare, the largest of the Cinque Terre villages. You will have some free time in the historical centre, home to the early 14th-century Church of San Giovanni Battista. Explore the town or perhaps have lunch in one of the many cafés and restaurants (not included in the price of the tour) before the tour then draws to a close with your train ride to Levanto and then with a coach drive to Livorno. Please note: this excursion is only for transit guests in Livorno port and is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair. We suggest taking a hat and wearing sunscreen during the summer months. Should adverse weather conditions prevail, a train ride may replace the boat trip; have the final tour itinerary reconfirmed during your cruise.
          • Limited seats

          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            8 h

          • Adults£69.00Price per person

          • Children£52.00Price per person

        • BEACH FUN IN TIRRENIA

          SEA & SUN

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          Some good, old-fashioned, family-friendly seaside fun awaits you on this half-day excursion that begins with a 25-minute coach ride to reach the resort of Tirrenia, situated on the Pisa coastline. Your ultimate destination will be a high-end beach club whose facilities include a children’s playground, a bar, a restaurant, easy access for guests with limited mobility and – naturally – the beach and the water. With about 3 hours to spend at the club, you’ll find that time simply flies as you enjoy working on your tan, going for a swim, building sandcastles with your kids or going for a walk along the beach. At the appointed time, your coach will be waiting to return you to your ship. Please note: the tour is available only for guests in transit in Livorno and only from June to mid-September; it runs either in the morning or afternoon. The price of the tour includes use of 1 sun umbrella and 2 deckchairs per 2 adults or family. Cold showers are free of charge at the beach club, while hot showers and use of a sunbed attract extra expense not included in the price of the tour. The tour is subject to weather conditions. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
          • No guide available

          • Possibility of swimming

          • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            4 h

          • Adults£35.00Price per person

          • Children£25.00Price per person

        The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Cruises guests with an idea of the different tours which can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
        Shore excursions programmes and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
         
        Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

        REACH THE PORT

        Port of Livorno

        This section contains information on how to reach the port.

        Port Terminal

        Stazione Marittima Terminal Crociere

        Reach the port by

        • Car

          From S.G.C Firenze-Pisa-Livorno
          Leave at the exit signoposted ‘Livorno Centro/Porto Mediceo/Stazione Marittima’.  Keep to the left and follow the signs for ‘Livorno Centro/Porto’.  Travelling on Via Leonardo da Vinci, keep to the left to continue onto Via Enrico Mattei.  At the roundabout, take the first exit to continue on Via Enrico Mattei then follow Via Guido Donegani.  Turn into Varco Donegani and follow the signs to the Cruise Terminal. 
           
          From Genoa (A12)
          Leave the A12 at the exit signposted ‘Livorno’ and continue on Variante Aurelia. Take the exit signposted ‘Firenze-Porto’.  At the junction keep left and take the ‘SGC Firenze-Pisa-Livorno’ following the signs for ‘Porto’.  Take the exit signposted ‘Livorno Porto’ towards ‘Livorno Centro/Porto Mediceo/Stazione Marittima’.  Keep to the left and follow the signs for ‘Livorno Centro/Porto’.  Travelling on Via Leonardo da Vinci, keep to the left to continue onto Via Enrico Mattei.  At the roundabout, take the first exit to continue on Via Enrico Mattei then follow Via Guido Donegani.  Turn into Varco Donegani and follow the signs to the Cruise Terminal. 
           
          From the South (Rome, Grosseto)
          On the motorway ‘Rosignano Genova’ take the exit signposted ‘Livorno Nord’ and follow signs for ‘Porto (SGC Firenze Porto)’ and take the ‘SGC Firenze – Pisa – Livorno’.  Take the exit signposted  ‘Livorno Porto’ towards ‘Livorno Centro/Porto Mediceo/Stazione Marittima’.  Keep your left and follow signs to ‘Livorno Centro/Porto’ keeping straight on Via Leonardo da Vinci.   Keep to the left to continue onto Via Enrico Mattei.  At the roundabout, take the first exit to continue on Via Enrico Mattei then Via Guido Donegani.  Turn into Varco Donegani and follow the signs to the Cruise Terminal. 
           
          On the SS1 Aurelia a Castel Boccale
          Keep to the right to take enter onto the Variante Aurelia direction ‘Nord (Pisa)’.  After approximately 10km exit onto the ‘SGC Firenze – Pisa – Livorno’ and follow the directions ‘Port’.  Exit at the ‘Livorno Porto’ towards ‘Livorno Centro/Porto Mediceo/Stazione Marittima’. Keep to the left and follow the signs for ‘Livorno Centro/Porto’.  Travelling on Via Leonardo da Vinci, keep to the left to continue onto Via Enrico Mattei.  At the roundabout, take the first exit to continue on Via Enrico Mattei then follow Via Guido Donegani.  Turn into Varco Donegani and follow the signs to the Cruise Terminal. 
          Car

          Parking Information

          Livorno 2000


          Parcheggio Terminal Crociere (ex-STP)


          Piazzale dei Marmi, 12 – 57123 Livorno


          Tel. +39 0586 20 29 01
           
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          VEHICLE DAYS RATES
          Car 8 € 80
          Suv 8 € 80
          Minivan 8 € 90

        Italy

        History, gastronomy and fashion
        History, gastronomy and fashion

        A cruise to Italy is an emotional roller coaster. Rome is a tremendous city quite unlike any other, and in terms of historical sights outstrips everywhere else in the country by some way.
         
        Liguria, the small coastal province along the north-west coast, has long been known as the “Italian Riviera” and is accordingly crowded with sun-seekers for much of the summer.
        In Veneto the main focus of interest is, of course, Venice: a unique city, and every bit as beautiful as its reputation would suggest. Tuscany in central Italy represents perhaps the most commonly perceived image of the country, with its classic rolling countryside and the art-packed towns of Florence and Pisa.

        The south proper begins with the region of Campania. Its capital, Naples, is a unique, unforgettable city, the spiritual heart of the Italian south. Puglia, the “heel” of Italy, has underrated pleasures, too, notably the landscape of its Gargano peninsula and the souk-like qualities of its capital, Bari.

        As for Sicily, the island is really a place apart, with a wide mixture of attractions ranging from some of the finest preserved Hellenistic treasures in Europe, to a couple of Italy’s most appealing Mediterranean beach resorts in Taormina and Cefalù, not to mention some gorgeous upland scenery.