How to Enjoy Florence From a Cruise Ship

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This is a short guide to enjoying Florence, Italy from a cruise ship

How to Enjoy Florence From a Cruise Ship

Like many ports in Europe, a cruise ship that has Florence on the itinerary actually docks some miles away, in this case, in Livorno. Shore excursions can take you from the port to Florence or Pisa, but you can also do some sightseeing on your own. Depending on where the ship is docked, you may be anywhere from two to seven miles from the train station, so a cab may be your best bet. The cost for a cab should be 5 to 20 Euros, depending on the number of people. If the ship provides a shuttle to the center of Livorno, it will probably drop you in Piazza Grande on Via Grande. If so, take a bus for one Euro to the train station. Buses run frequently, and the ride to the train station should be about ten minutes. Some shuttles will drop you close to the train station, so check with your cruise line. Verify times for the return trip so you are back in time to board the ship. Before boarding any train, get your ticket validated at the yellow machines.

Once at the train station, buy a round trip ticket to Florence (Firenze) for about 17 Euro per person. You want to get off at the Firenze SMN (Santa Maria Novella) stop. An easy way to avoid some traffic and construction at the station is to take the left exit, past the McDonalds, and take the escalators going down. This will lead you through an underground shopping area. Up the stairs at the other end, you will be at the front of the church of Santa Maria Novella. Il Duomo is a few blocks straight ahead from the Piazza Santa Maria Novella.

From Il Duomo, head toward the river on Via del Calzaiuoli to Piazza della Signoria, where the famous dolphin fountain is located. You are also just across the street from the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery. After this, head over to the Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River, one of the many landmarks of Florence. At this point, you can head back to the train station or wander around some more, depending on time. The center of Florence is a very compact area, so no place is more than a few blocks away.

On the way back to Livorno, you may choose to get off in Pisa. You can take a taxi or bus to the center of town, or walk if there is time. The Leaning Tower is about a thirty minute walk from the train station. If you want to climb the tower, tickets are about 15 Euro. Again, make sure you check the schedule at the train station to make sure you make the ship and remember the time it takes to get from the Livorno train station back to the dock.

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Cruise, Cruising, Europe, Florence, Italy

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