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Old 09-14-2008, 11:28 AM
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Can anyone give us some info about the port of Livorno, Italy? We are torn between wanting to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa & also wanting to see the statue of David & other sites in Florence. We are both limited in mobility and don't think we can handle the shore excursion of over 8 hours for both places. Any ideas?
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Can anyone give us some info about the port of Livorno, Italy? We are torn between wanting to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa & also wanting to see the statue of David & other sites in Florence. We are both limited in mobility and don't think we can handle the shore excursion of over 8 hours for both places. Any ideas?
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Hello Georgiacruiser, and welcome to Cruise-Chat;

you are wise to limit yourselves to Pisa or Florence; our first trip there we tried to do both and wound up seeing very little of either. You didn't mention when you are going, but in late July and August, when the Europeans are on holiday, the lines can be very long.

My feeling would be to see Florence first. It is an aboulutely beautiful city, filled with art, culture and history. I don't mean to take anything away from Pisa: it is amazing to see in person the icon we have been looking at pictures of all our lives. But Florence just has so much more to offer. And besides, it gives you an excuse to go back.
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Hi there,
I would recommend Pisa as it is only a 15 minute journey from Livorno either by bus or train. Florence is a magnificent city but with the time given you would not be able to see very much of it and of course the travel time is much longer. Either way you would have to change trains at Pisa for Florence, unless you take one of the organised excursions by coach. Whichever you decide on I'm sure your will enjoy it. If you choose Pisa by train you will need to catch a bus from the station to see the leaning tower, baptistry etc., you buy bus tickets from the newspaper stall at the station and don't forget to validate them once you are on the bus. Enjoy,
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Florence is fabulous, and be sure to tour Academia and see the REAL David. Some people just see that replica which is outside in Florence, and for that you might as well go to Caesar's Palace in Las vegas. The real David is awesome beyond description. Florence is a walking city, and you can see a lot in one day.
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As previously stated, Florence is a walking city. This is made easier by virtue of the fact that most of the historic district (but not all) is pedestrian only - so you don't compete with cars and scooters. Car traffic between Florence SMN station and the Duomo, and from there to Academia. Beyond that, mostly pedestrian only.
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With a shore excursion organised by the ship you might be able to avoid the lines queueing up to see David or the other galleries. Some tours might take in both places which would save time on transport. We visited both places on our own recently but I would not recommend it. Florence has more sights to see for sure.

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Thanks to all of you who have answered! It sounds like Florence is the place to go, but I still would really like to see Pisa!
David, you said you recently accomplished this on your own - how difficult was it? We have heard the trains in Florence are easy to negotiate. Are they?
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Georgiacruiser,
Suggest that you read the article on Italian Trains that is in the link in the very first article in the Europe Port Chat section. There is a section devoted to trains from Livorno to Florence. Trains are easy to use. Safe, reliable, and really quite enjoyable - especially if you like to "people watch".

Coming up for us starting Oct 4th: FCO to Termini, Termini to Civitavecchia; Oct 7/8: Livorno to Cinque Terre (r/t), Livorno to Lucca (r/t); Oct 18th: Civitavecchia to Roma, Roma to Firenze; Oct 20: Firenze to Siena (r/t); Oct 22nd: Firenze to Roma; Oct 24th: Termini to FCO.
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Hello Georgiacruiser,

From Livorno, your ship might arrange a shuttle from the port to town (costs 1 euro each way but it's run by the port authority and the drivers are not tourist orientated). Then you need to walk about 1/2 a block to catch the city bus to the station (we found this out from another passenger) - tickets available from the tobacco shop or on the bus - buy your return as well). The train fare from Livorno to Florence cost 13 euro return, you can break journey in Pisa which is about 20 minutes from Livorno. Trains run about every 30 minutes. In Pisa, to go to the tower you need to either take a taxi or another public bus (about 20 minutes journey). When returning from the tower be very careful of teenage girls boarding in the crowd - one of the passengers was pick pocketed. You know they are up to no good because they all got off at the next stop. The return journey from Livorno station is very chaotic - everyone rushing to the public bus, and then the port shuttle. Carribean stationed some staff at the pick up point (I suppose to help those who were too late) but I don't know about other lines. The last shuttle leaves at 5.30 pm. With all the waiting time and transport transfers an arranged tour (private or group) may be more enjoyable.

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