Visit the Statue of David, the Duomo, and the
Baptistry with the “Gates of Paradise”
Cruises to Florence and Pisa usually dock at Livorno. See below for information on getting from Livorno to Florence.
The organised excursions from the cruise line will normally take you to one or the other city for the day, but check what each trip includes before you book. Some all day trips will take you to Florence in the morning and then Pisa in the afternoon but only for a photo stop and walking tour around the outside of the Leaning Tower and Cathedral.
If this is your first visit to Florence then taking an organised tour including a local guide may be your best option. However, be aware that the coach transfer to Florence is approximately 90 minutes and because the centre of Florence is a pedestrian area only, the coach drop off point is a 15 minute walk away. Have your camera permanently at the ready as there will not be much time for taking photos.
It is possible to make your own way to Florence by train. The trains run from Livorno to Firenze Santa Maria Novella (Florence railway station) every hour and the journey takes approximately 90 minutes.
Remember to allow plenty of time for the return journey and have enough money with you to get a taxi from Livorno station back to your ship if you are running late.
Some of the top sites to see in Florence
Whilst in Florence the must see sights include the Piazza Duomo Cathedral.
The Duomo or the Dome is of great importance architecturally and known for its great beauty. It took over 14 years to construct using a building method that was later copied for the domes at St Pauls in London and St Peters in Rome.
You will no doubt find a crowd outside the Baptistery, all trying to get a view and picture of the magnificent doors depicting scenes from the Bible, the doors were named by Michelangelo as the “Gates of Paradise”.
After a short walk, you will enter the Piazza Della Signoria, which sits in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, or the “Old Palace”. The Piazza contains copies of some of the world’s most famous statues including Michelangelo’s David. Although you should also visit the Accademia to see the original David statue.
Finally take a stroll across the Ponte Vecchio, a medieval bridge spanning the river Arno. It is one of the few remaining bridges with houses built upon.
Make sure you look up to the top of the bridge, as the Vasari corridor runs over the houses and connects the Uffizi with the Pitti Palace. The corridor was built by the Grand Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici to allow him to move freely between his residence and the government palace.
TOP TIP for Cruises to Florence
Make sure you have comfortable shoes and keep your camera at the ready.