Most people only think of Pisa and Florence for this port of call. But first the port itself.

The ship normally will berth at the outer edge of a huge container port. There is nothing in walking distance; you will need the shuttle to town, this is normally free but you will have to queue to get a shuttle bus ticket.

It does have an indoor market and street markets. There is a huge fort with a large waterway round it, too big to call a moat and a public park. The HOHO bus visits 10 places around the town. The first bus is at 10am with a bus every hour. Last bus is 3pm. Try the Aquarium; stop 3 on the HOHO, €13pp. They have a Funicular Car up to a viewing point, stop 5 on the HOHO
Where the shuttle drops you off, go into the small shopping arcade and there is a tourist info place where they sell the tickets for a boat trip around the canals. I believe it runs every hour and lasts around 40-45 mins each trip. Livorno is a walled city and does have a lot of interesting history which is relayed to you on the trip.

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For the DIYer, you can buy tickets for Tuscany Bus coaches to Pisa at the tourist office near to the shuttle bus drop off. It costs €15 return for adults, (2015). The coach leaves just outside the tourist office and drops off at the Pisa coach park which is an easy, flat walk to the Field of Miracles. The journey time Livorno to Pisa is about 40 minutes. I believe coaches leave at 10 am and midday.

Or, there were 8 seater taxis outside the dock gates, €30 a couple to Pisa. (2015). The driver will drop you off and arranged to pick time, normally 2 hours later. On the way back he can either drop you in Livorno town for an hour or take you back to the ship. They will mix and match the passengers, so you don’t have to be a party of eight – you will just join up with others.

By Peter Dagnall

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