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

    LEG01

    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 thro
      • Duration
        9 h

      • Adults$129.00Price per person

      • Children$92.00Price per person

    • HIGHLIGHTS OF FLORENCE

      CITY TOUR

      LEG04

      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 I
        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$102.00Price per person

        • Children$72.00Price per person

      • TWO IN ONE: FLORENCE & PISA

        CITY TOUR

        LEG03

        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 Florenc
          • Duration
            9 h

          • Adults$115.00Price per person

          • Children$85.00Price per person

        • FLORENCE ON YOUR OWN

          SCENIC ROUTE

          LEG02

          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 Flor
            • Duration
              9 h

            • Adults$62.00Price per person

            • Children$45.00Price per person

          • THE NATIONAL PARK OF “CINQUE TERRE”

            SCENIC ROUTE

            LEG08

            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 a
            • 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

          • TUSCAN FLAVOURS: PISA & WINERY

            SOMETHING SPECIAL

            LEG07

            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 Pi
            • 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.

           
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