Perfect for a romantic day for two or a cultural adventure, this exquisite port of call is a regular highlight to Western Mediterranean sailings. The day begins at the delightfully quaint port of Livorno, founded by the Medici family in 16th century, known as the Grand Dukes of Tuscany. Livorno remains a busy port and town, with boutique stores, delectable cafes and welcoming bars all within walking distance of the port, but most guests venture straight to the fabulous locations of Pisa, Florence or the Tuscan towns of Siena and Lucca.
Home to many masterpieces of art and architecture, Florence is world famous for its abundance of historical fascinations. The magical city was once described as the Athens of the middle ages as many considered Florence the birthplace of the Renaissance. Due to the extravagant features of Florence, the city was even ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and from the moment you arrive you instantly see why. The entrance to the city itself could be described as picture perfect. Most of the cruise lines drop off points are just a short stroll away from the famous Piazza Santa Croce. This delightful square is a truly captivating sight, and one of the most idyllic entrance points that makes for an awe inspiring welcome to an already enchanting destination. Santa Croce is renowned for ceremonies that were both frequent and attractive to many people, therefore the piazza needed to hold them comfortably and be a place to welcome all. The beautifully designed haven was also used for activities such as historic festivals.
The magic of Florence continues as you work your way through the streets to another mesmerising square known as Piazza della Signoria. Here you will discover the true meaning of architectural genius and not forgetting the impeccable sight of Michelangelo’s “David”. From here you can also witness the Fountain of Neptune and Donatello's ‘Judith and Holofernes’.
Elsewhere over the River Arno, the Ponte Vecchio Bridge is a 14th century creation that is truly fascinating and a photographer’s paradise. Noted for still having shops along the bridge, where jewels now sparkle and shine in place of what were once butchers shops, Ponte Vecchio Bridge draws tourists from all over the world. The bridge has stood for nearly 700 years and is considered to be one of the most romantic stops in the city thanks to its views across the River Arno.
Located at the heart of Florence, the Piazza del Duomo is considered by many to be the place to see. Though there are plenty of must see places to see in the city, this particular spot outshines them all. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Campanile and the Baptistery fill the centre of Piazza del Duomo will all their charm. The dazzling walls and coloured marble of these buildings overshadow that of all the other buildings in the square, and it’s not hard to see why this is one of the top attractions in Italy.
Away from the treasurable pleasures of Florence many passengers wish to explore the fantastic destination that is Pisa. Boasting a great opportunity, this eccentric day visit allows passengers to witness one of Italy’s most iconic landmarks and enjoy a venture inside the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Whilst there you also have the chance to roam the Field of Miracles that surround the tower before taking in other attractions such as the famous Cathedral there. This creation has an unbelievable four tiered façade of colonnades, a true sight to be-hold.
Whether you are looking for an in-depth, insightful tour around the wonders of Florence or perhaps a wine tasting experience, it’s all available for you to do. You may even wish to avoid a tour but take advantage of the cruise line transport to and from the city. The transfer from Livorno to Florence takes approximately 90 minutes depending on traffic, so we therefore do advise that those heading into the city to use the cruise lines recommended transportation.
There is so much to see at this immaculately presented port of call, we guarantee you will love your time here no matter how you choose to spend your day. Just relax and enjoy the sheer beauty of Florence.