Livorno

Old and New Fortresses
The Marzocco Tower
Florence and Pisa: unique beauties

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Livorno/Florence

The Old Liburna

Upon reaching the port of Livorno (Leghorn) during an MSC cruise in the Mediterranean, you will find a lively town with a glorious past; its name it thought to derive from liburna, an ancient Roman vessel.

Boasting some historical monuments – Old Fortress, New Fortress, Marzocco Tower – that have survived Fascist demolitions and Allied bombings, the city is a good starting point for a discovery tour of the Tuscan food and wine culture: fruits, vegetables, typical dishes of the traditional sea and land cuisines and, of course, wines such as Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, a wine of great regional importance. One of the excursions proposed by MSC Cruises will take you to Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Along its streets strolled great artists and writers such as Dante, Brunelleschi and Donatello, among others. Let yourself be enchanted by the beauty of its historical buildings, such as the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower or Duomo), a clear example of Gothic art with its pink, white and green marble exterior and an interior decorated with frescoes by Giorgio Vasari. The Uffizi Gallery, on the other hand, is one of the most important museums in the world, housing masterpieces by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raffaello and Tiziano, to name a few. It is impossible not to be enchanted by the magic of Ponte Vecchio (the Old Bridge), the majesty of Piazza della Signoria and the elegance of the Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross). Another excursion is dedicated to Pisa, the birth city of Galileo Galilei. The city is famous for its Tower, a leaning bell tower of white stone facing Piazza dei Miracoli, which also hosts the Cathedral and Baptistery.

The former was designed by the architects Buscheto and Rainaldo and completed at the end of the 12th century, while construction of the latter began in the second half of the 12th century. Its architectural lines are similar to those of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Must see places in Livorno

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  • A LUNCH DATE IN FLORENCE

    CITY TOUR

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    The birthplace of opera, former seat of the Medicis and a major enabler during the Age of Discovery between the 15th and 18th centuries: the list of things that go to make Florence so special is nearly endless. A 2-hour coach ride will first take you through Italy’s much-prized Tuscan landscape to reach the city, where an expert guide will meet you. You will then be taken on a tour around the architectural jewel that is Florence, passing Michelangelo Square en route to the city centre and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, a complex that was completed in 1436 after 140 years of construction work. You will then continue on foot to reach the medieval square and Basilica of Santa Croce, which was consecrated in 1442. Enjoy a visit to the church that is the world’s largest Franciscan church and houses the tomb of Galileo. The outing also includes lunch and a little time to spend on your own before you begin the journey back to Livorno and your ship. Please note: this excursion is only for transit guests in Livorno port. Conservative attire recommended for visiting places of religious importance. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
      • Duration
        9 h

      • Adults$129.00Price per person

      • Children$92.00Price per person

    • HIGHLIGHTS OF FLORENCE

      CITY TOUR

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      Ample views of Tuscany’s spellbinding countryside can be enjoyed during the initial 2-hour coach ride to one of the world’s most beautiful cities: Florence. After picking up your knowledgeable guide, a tour around the city follows, the birthplace of the Italian renaissance. You will head for Michelangelo Square, where stunning views of the town and the Tuscan hills in the background await you – a perfect spot take some photos. Next up are the city centre and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, completed in 1436 with the addition of its final fabulous feature: the dome. The outing then continues on foot to reach the mid-15th-century Basilica of Santa Croce, the final resting place of Galileo Galilei, which you will visit. There will also be a little time for you to explore Santa Croce Square and the city on your own, do some shopping or find a restaurant to have a spot of lunch (at extra cost) before you return to Livorno and your ship, with further views of Tuscany to savour on the way. Please note: this excursion is only for transit guests in Livorno port. Conservative attire recommended for visiting places of religious importance. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$102.00Price per person

        • Children$72.00Price per person

      • TWO IN ONE: FLORENCE & PISA

        CITY TOUR

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        This two-in-one tour will see you spend a day visiting both Florence and Pisa, with lovely views of the Tuscan landscape thrown in during periods of transit. A relaxing 2-hour coach ride begins your outing, taking you first to the gorgeous city of Florence to visit its key landmark: the mid-15th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. The last architectural feature to be added to the Gothic-Renaissance building was its impressive dome, finally completing the structure after around 140 years of building work. You’ll then have time to do some shopping or have lunch (at extra cost) on your own, after which you’ll be transferred to the coast en route to Pisa, the birthplace of Galileo Galilei, the 17th-century scientist who clashed with the Catholic Church over how our solar system works. A photo opportunity at Piazza dei Miracoli, home to the famous Leaning Tower, and a visit to the 13th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta then follow, after which the scenic return journey to Livorno brings the tour to a close. Please note: this excursion is only for transit guests in Livorno port. Guests will be met by tour guides on arrival in both Florence and Pisa. Conservative attire recommended for visiting places of religious importance. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
          • Duration
            9 h

          • Adults$115.00Price per person

          • Children$85.00Price per person

        • FLORENCE ON YOUR OWN

          SCENIC ROUTE

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          From high fashion to breathtaking architecture, Florence has it all in spades and this all-day tour will give you a chance to explore one of the world’s most exciting cities on your own. A scenic 2-hour coach ride will first take you from the port to Florence, after which you can seek out whichever landmarks you like. Perhaps take a look at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Giotto’s Tower, stroll through the Boboli Gardens, pay Galileo’s tomb in the Basilica of Santa Croce a visit or check out the world-famous Uffizi Gallery, to name but a few of the many options. You will have plenty of time to get your fill of the city before the coach then returns you to Livorno and your ship. Please note: this excursion is only for transit guests in Livorno port. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
            • Duration
              9 h

            • Adults$62.00Price per person

            • Children$45.00Price per person

          • THE NATIONAL PARK OF “CINQUE TERRE”

            SCENIC ROUTE

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            Although “Cinque Terre” is Italian for five lands, the name actually refers to the five picturesque villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore that sit like little jewels along the Ligurian coastline and together count as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rugged and unspoiled Cinque Terre region is your destination on this all-day tour, which begins with a 1.5-hour coach ride to La Spezia where a specialized guide will meet you and from where you will continue to Portovenere, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Your guide will tell the story of this enchanting fishing village as you admire the panorama that inspired Byron and other Italian and international poets as a muse. You will have some free time to walk along the sea and explore the cosy streets before boarding a boat for a leisurely boat tour along the coast that intends to celebrate the region’s incredible natural beauty and its well-loved ancient traditions. You will reach Monterosso al Mare, the largest of the Cinque Terre villages. You will have some free time in the historical centre, home to the early 14th-century Church of San Giovanni Battista. Explore the town or perhaps have lunch in one of the many cafés and restaurants (not included in the price of the tour) before the tour then draws to a close with your train ride to Levanto and then with a coach drive to Livorno. Please note: this excursion is only for transit guests in Livorno port and is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair. We suggest taking a hat and wearing sunscreen during the summer months. Should adverse weather conditions prevail, a train ride may replace the boat trip; have the final tour itinerary reconfirmed during your cruise.
            • Limited seats

            • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

              Difficulty Level
              Moderate

            • Duration
              8 h

            • Adults$102.00Price per person

            • Children$72.00Price per person

          • Beach Fun in Tirrenia

            SEA & SUN

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            Beach Fun in Tirrenia
            • No guide available

            • Possibility of swimming

            • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

            • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

              Difficulty Level
              Easy

            • Duration
              4 h

            • Adults$49.00Price per person

            • Children$35.00Price per person

          • A VISIT TO FLORENCE & WINE TASTING IN THE CHIANTI REGION

            SOMETHING SPECIAL

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            Leave the ship, board a coach and prepare to enjoy 2-hour of glorious Tuscan views on your way to Florence, home to an unsurpassed artistic heritage, a key centre for haute couture and your destination on this all-day tour. After meeting your guide, you will embark on an informative round-up of Florence’s main artistic, cultural and architectural sights, including Michelangelo Square, from where you can enjoy fabulous views of the city and the surrounding Tuscan hills, the lovely city centre and the 15th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore – all of them well worth photographing. You will then have a chance to stretch your legs on a guided walk including some highlights such as Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio on the way to Piazza di Santa Croce to visit the 14th-century Basilica of Santa Croce, a beautiful white and gold building. Next, you will board your coach again for a 30-minute coach drive to “Fattoria San Michele a Torri”, 15 km away from the city in the heart of Chianti region. Organic since 1992 and stretching over 370 hectares of land of which 55 are vineyards and 40 are active olive groves, the estate is located across the Tuscan hill. Enjoy a visit to the cellars of the old Villa dating to the XV century and take in a special tasting session of Chianti wines, cheese and typical bruschetta. Your Tuscan day will end with a coach drive to the port. Please note: this tour is only for transit guests in Livorno port. Conservative attire recommended for visiting religious sites. This tour is not recommended for guests using a wheelchair.
            • Snack included

            • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

              Difficulty Level
              Moderate

            • Duration
              10 h

            • Adults$95.00Price per person

            • Children$72.00Price per person

          • TRAIN RIDE TO FLORENCE

            SOMETHING SPECIAL

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            This tour for the independent traveller begins with a short coach transfer from the pier to Livorno railway station to board a train to the cradle of the Italian Renaissance: Florence. The scenic 1-hour train ride will then give you plenty of time to set your own itinerary for exploring this fascinating city at your own pace. Florence has much to offer and popular attractions are Uffizi Museum, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Campanile, Palazzo Pitti and Ponte Vecchio, with its jewellery shops only to mention a few. But as this tour is all about what you want to see in Florence, the choice of what to visit during your approx. 5-hour free time is yours alone to make. Just be sure to be at meeting point marked on the city map in good time to board your return train to Livorno and your cruise ship. Please note: this tour is only for transit guests in Livorno port and is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. As train transfers are made on public trains, MSC cannot be responsible for any delays or cancellation due to strikes or other unexpected events on the day of call.
            • No guide available

            • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

              Difficulty Level
              Moderate

            • Duration
              10 h

            • Adults$52.00Price per person

            • Children$39.00Price per person

          • TUSCAN FLAVOURS: PISA & WINERY

            SOMETHING SPECIAL

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            Two of Tuscany’s finest attractions are on the itinerary of this leisurely excursion: a visit to Pisa’s most famous landmark and a chance to sample some of the region’s excellent wines. A scenic 45-minute coach ride begins the tour, taking you first to Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli to see the Leaning Tower, the bell tower of the cathedral that was built between 1173 and 1372. Free time will be yours here to spend as you like, before you leave the birthplace of Galileo Galilei behind and continue on through the appealing Tuscan landscape. The region is not only known for its amazing cities, but also its thriving viticulture and the production of world-class wines, including chianti. On reaching the estate of a renowned local wine producer, you will first get to find out how these premium wines are made, followed by a wine tasting session, served with tasty local specialities. To wrap up the excursion, you can enjoy more lovely views of Tuscany on your return journey to the ship. Please note: this excursion is only for transit guests in Livorno port. The excursion does not include an inside visit to the Leaning Tower. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
            • Tasting included

            • Limited seats

            • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

              Difficulty Level
              Moderate

            • Duration
              5:30 h

            • Adults$99.00Price per person

            • Children$72.00Price per person

          The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
          Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

           

          Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

          Italy

          History, gastronomy and fashion
          History, gastronomy and fashion

          A cruise to Italy is an emotional roller coaster. Rome is a tremendous city quite unlike any other, and in terms of historical sights outstrips everywhere else in the country by some way.
           
          Liguria, the small coastal province along the north-west coast, has long been known as the “Italian Riviera” and is accordingly crowded with sun-seekers for much of the summer.
          In Veneto the main focus of interest is, of course, Venice: a unique city, and every bit as beautiful as its reputation would suggest. Tuscany in central Italy represents perhaps the most commonly perceived image of the country, with its classic rolling countryside and the art-packed towns of Florence and Pisa.

          The south proper begins with the region of Campania. Its capital, Naples, is a unique, unforgettable city, the spiritual heart of the Italian south. Puglia, the “heel” of Italy, has underrated pleasures, too, notably the landscape of its Gargano peninsula and the souk-like qualities of its capital, Bari.

          As for Sicily, the island is really a place apart, with a wide mixture of attractions ranging from some of the finest preserved Hellenistic treasures in Europe, to a couple of Italy’s most appealing Mediterranean beach resorts in Taormina and Cefalù, not to mention some gorgeous upland scenery.