Exploring Siena on your own is not particularly complicated allowing the cruise ship passenger to have as much time as possible in Siena to discover landmarks, religious sites, museums and attractions at your leisure.
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To tour Siena on your own is, in fact, the best way to visit particular sites and many of the highlights that are not included in most cruise ship excursions. Renting a car is undoubtly the best option. It will take you around 2 hours to cover the 80 miles / 130 km between Livorno and Siena but the road crosses wonderful Tuscan landscapes. If time allows you can even stop in San Gimigano or Volterra on the way back. However, if the cruise traveler doesn't like to drive or feels uncomfortable with italian country roads, traveling by train is easy and takes around the same time.
The train from Livorno to Siena takes around 2 hours and costs €11.00. Be aware that the faster, "Frecciabianca" train service, will costs €19.20. You will have to change train at least once. Naturally, it is better to just change train once, in Empoli (on the line to Florence). But if the schedule is more convenient you can always take the train to Pisa and change train again in Empoli. The fact that 2 changes may be required doesn't mean it takes longer - see the Timetable on this page. Trains are frequent both ways, even on weekends.
Once at the Siena Railway Station the cruise traveler will need either to get on a taxi or on a short bus ride (5 to 10 minutes) to get to the Historical Centre. You will easily find taxis and a number of bus stops just outside the railway station. Bus #10 is the best as it has a stop at Piazza San Domenico (next to one of the Highlights in Siena) in the Historical Centre and no more than 300 metres from the absolute must see Piazza del Campo
For more and updated information on the Bus Service in Siena - Visit Siena's Public Bus Website
To Siena by Train
Via Empoli (and Pisa)
|08:12 AM *
09:12 AM *
09:30 AM **
10:12 AM *
|2:18 pm **
2:41 pm *
3:41 pm *
4:18 pm **
4:41 pm *
* Change train in Empoli
** Change train in Empoli and Pisa
These times are indicative and may change. Double check Trenitalia Website
Siena can be easily be explored by car - although the train / bus connections take almost as long as the drive to Siena (around 2 hours - 80 miles / 130 km). The only drawback is that parking in Siena is outside the medieval walls and you will have a 10-minute walk to the main attractions. However, the same will happen if you go on a tour or by public transportation.
Driving in Italy is not complicated at all, particularly in countryside roads. The landscape is absolutely spectacular and you will have both the time and flexibility to enjoy at leisure the wonders of Tuscany. All car rental representatives at the piers of the Port of Livorno have Automatic Cars available for those that are not familiar with a clutch and shifting gears. Car rental for a day is offered with very good deals: between €60.00 and €100.00 depending on the car size. If you are concerned with getting lost in the Italian maze of countryside roads, you have nothing to worry about as Car Rental offer GPS and Maps.
For more information about Taxi services in Siena - Visit Siena's Public Bus Website
For more information about the Parking in Siena - Visit Siena's Parking Website
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Car Rental at the Port of Livorno
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Livorno's Railway Station
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Siena Railway Station
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Empoli Railway Station
How many hours will the cruise ship passenger have to explore Siena?
If traveling on your own, by train or car, you will be having between 5 and 6 hours in town.
For how long do cruise ship excursions stay in Siena?
Most cruise ship excursions from Livorno will stay in Siena around 3 hours, including time for a quick bite and wondering arund on your own.
Autormessa Busi (Viale Curtanone 16)
Parcheggio Il Campo (Via Fontanella 11)
Parcheggio il Duomo (Via Garibaldi 1)
Parcheggio La Stazione (Piazzale Fratelli Rosselli)
Parcheggio Policlinico 1 e 2 (Via delle Scotte Area Policlinico)
Parcheggio San Francesco (Via Baldassarre Petruzzi)
Parcheggio Santa Caterina (Via Esterna di Fontebranda)
Parcheggio Stadio Fortezza (La Lizza)
Parcheggio Via Pescaia (Via Pescaia)
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