What to do in Florence
Visit Florence during your cruise vacation
The jewel in the crown of Tuscany is undoubtedly Florence, which means 'blossoming'. The city was founded by Caesar as a location for the veterans of the Roman legions. Located along the great military road between Rome and the north, in the fertile valleys of the Arno, this former army camp grew rapidly into a major hub for trade and industry.
Under the protection of the powerful 'Medici' banking family, art and culture flourished, and Florence became the cradle of the Renaissance. The many churches and palaces of Florence are gems of refined and sophisticated architecture. The museums house collections of paintings and sculptures by famous masters.
It was the birthplace or residence of celebrities such as Donatello, Dante Alighieri, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Galileo Gaileo, etc.
From the upper Piazzale Michelangelo you are treated to a breathtaking view of the city and its main landmarks.
TIP: During summer, it can be very busy in the city. Long queues at the museums are inevitable. Consider buying your tickets in advance.
Florence is perhaps the top excursion from Livorno cruise port, but it's also often on the program from La Spezia cruise port. The city is filled with art, museums, and culture and a story hides behind every corner. Count on a full day for this excursion.
From Livorno it's also possible to combine this trip with a short visit to Pisa on the way back. If you go by train from Livorno, you will pass the Pisa train station. You can go on your own or opt for an organised tour.