The cruise port of Livorno

Docking in the cruise port of Livorno

The cruise port of Livorno, your starting point for great excursions

Livorno is a major commercial port where several cruise ships can dock at the same time. The view from your cabin will be in stark contrast to the beautiful pictures you might expect from Tuscany… There is a big chance you dock in an industrial area with a lot of noise and heavy traffic, especially since Livorno's port is connected to Corsica and Sardinia by ferry.

The cruise port of Livorno is located a few kilometers (miles) from the city center which is often the starting point for an excursion to visit Pisa, Lucca, Florence, Cinque Terre or Chianti wine region. But also, Livorno itself can be a great place for exploration for those who do not want to travel too far and maybe want to spend some time onboard as well. Whichever way you go. The first goal of the day is to get out of the port area as soon as possible.

Cruise Ship Pier Location

The docking area for larger cruise ships is near Darsena Calafati and Darsena Petroli, right in the industrial port. Smaller vessels can dock at the cruise terminal at Porto Mercantile at walking distance from town. It is difficult to predict where exactly you will dock. This depends mainly on the size of your cruise ship and the traffic in the harbor. In 90% of cases you will end up in the industrial part, but don’t worry. There are good and fast transportation options to get you out of port.

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Cruise to Livorno

During a cruise vacation to Italy, Livorno is often on the program. Livorno is the port where you make excursions to places like Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti wine region or Lucca. Often these places are mentioned in your cruise schedule or in the brochures of the cruise line companies. This beautiful port city is conveniently located along the Western Mediterranean and offers a variety of excursions. Cruises to Livorno (Tuscany) are very popular.

Livorno cruise terminal

The Port of Livorno is one of the largest seaports along the Mediterranean Sea. It's the gateway to Tuscany and therefore very busy. Most of the area is industrialized and ferries are connecting the mainland with Corsica and Sardinia. The Livorno cruise terminal, Alto Fondale, is mainly used by ferry passengers and cruise ships doing turnarounds in Livorno. Transfer passengers don’t use it. Cruise ships often dock away from the cruise terminal building.

Livorno cruise facts

Language in Livorno
The language in Livorno is Italian, but on touristic spots you can also use English.

Currency in Livorno
The currency in Livorno is Euro (€). You can find ATM’s along the city.

Opening times in Livorno
Opening times differ a lot around Italy, but generally are as follows:

  • Monday to Saturday
  • from 9.00h - 13.00h
  • and 15.30h - 19.30h

On Sundays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions

Landmarks and highlights in Livorno

Most cruise passengers make an excursion to Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti wine region or Lucca,... If time is permitting, you can also visit some highlights in Livorno itself or just stay there for the day.

Duomo di Livorno
Duomo di Livorno is a beautiful cathedral dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi. It's dating from the early 17th century and was completely destroyed during WWII.

Fortezza Vecchia
Fortezza Vecchia is an important historical symbol of Livorno. It's a castle and fortress in the harbor, built in the 16th century

Fortezza Nuova and Venezia Nuova
Castle and fortress dating from the 16th century. Fortezza Nuova and Venezia Nuova are located in the "Venezia Nuova" district

Montenero
Sanctuary dedicated to the Madonna di Montenero situated on a hill to the south of Livorno. Popular destination for pilgrims since 1345.

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Getting around in Livorno

Whichever way you go, the first goal of the day is to get out of the port area as soon as possible. After leaving the gangway of your ship, shuttle buses and taxis are waiting to get you out of port. 

Shuttle buses will bring you direct to Piazza Grande in the center of Livorno. This is your starting point for the day. From here you have plenty of options.

If you decide to stay in Livorno, you can easily discover everything on foot or use public transport.

When you are planning a visit to the surroundings of Livorno such as the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Montenero, public transport or a taxi are your best options.

For those going to Pisa, Lucca, Florence, Cinque Terre, Chianti area, Siena or San Gimignano, you can book an organized tour through your cruise line company or one of our local partners. If you like to go on your own, a taxi can be a good but pricey option. The most popular means of transport for a DIY excursion to inland Tuscany is the train from Livorno.

Shore excursions around Livorno

On a cruise to Livorno you have plenty of possibilities. The city of Livorno itself does mainly serve as a transportation hub, but is definitely worth a visit. Given the time ashore during a cruise is limited, many cruise passengers opt for an excursion to Pisa with its famous Leaning Tower on the Square of Miracles. In Lucca you can stroll along the many churches, piazzas and palazzos. The absolute highlight is undoubtedly Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance and birthplace or residence of great artists such as Donatello, Dante Alighieri, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Galileo Gaileo etc. But Tuscany offers even more possibilities. Wine tasting in Chianti, enjoying the beauty of nature and small villages in Cinque Terre, or what about a day of Outlet shopping near Florence?

Weather in Livorno

Livorno has a Mediterranean climate with dry hot summers and wet mild winters. The average annual temperature in summer is between 27°C and 32°C and in winter between 3°C and 7°C

Organized shore excursions in and around Livorno

You can discover Livorno on your own, book a shore excursion through the cruise line company or book a shore excursion from one of our partners. We offer shore excursions at local prices straight from the local companies.

Excursions in Pisa

Excursions in Lucca

Excursions in Florence

Excursions in Chianti wine region

Excursions in Cinque Terre

Excursions in Livorno

Livorno tourist information

The Tourist Office is situated close to Piazza Grande and the stop of the shuttle bus. They will give you more information about Livorno city or excursions around Tuscany. You can ask for help about public transport or even buy tickets.

Cruises to Livorno

The following cruise lines offer itineraries and schedules to Livorno:

Costa Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Pullmantur Cruises, AIDA, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, CunardOceania Cruises,  Seabourn, Crystal Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Regent, Crystal Cruise, Thomson Cruises