Depending on the size of the ship but also on how many ships are calling at Livorno there are two main docking areas. As a rule of thumb, most ships over 60.000 tons will dock at the Porto Industriale whilst the smaller ones will dock at the Porto Mediceo.
But don't have for granted that your small ship will always dock at Porto Mediceo as there are a few events and/or eventualities that may force her to dock at Porto Industriale. A regatta that takes place every year between April and May is one of those events that will close the Porto Mediceo and cruise ships (large or small) will have to dock at the Porto Industrialle. It can also happen, specifically in the early spring or late fall, that due to strong winds the Porto Mediceo may be closed and the smaller ships will have to dock at the Porto Industriale.
As the name suggests the Porto Industriale is far from attractive and doesn't have much as far as amenities - there aren't restrooms, ATMs, phones or any kind of shops. However, the cruise passenger will find a Tourist Information representation close to the gangway as well as one or two rent-a-car services. The good news is that all cruise lines provide a shuttle bus directly to the Piazza Municipio.
Livorno pier in the Porto Industriale
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The cruise traveler will also see a few taxis parked by the gangway but be aware that drivers are there waiting for passengers that wish to go as far as Pisa, Lucca or even Florence. Even so, some taxis will be willing to accept a ride to the Railway Station for € 25 euros. Although the Porto Industriale is not far from the city center, the walk is not pleasant and it is easy to get lost as it requires meandering through containers, rail tracks and that sort of obstacles. That said if your ship is docked on the pier closest to Venezia and Forteza Vechia - B on the map - the walk may be an alternative.
In Piazza Municipio, or just around the corner in the Piazza Grande (Cathedral Square), you will find pretty much all that you may need to explore the historical attractions of the city. Next to the shuttle bus stop in Piazza Municipio there is a Tourist Information Kiosk; on the street that leads to Piazza Grande (aka Piazza Duomo) you will find banks with ATM's, a cafe with Wi-Fi and an Exchange Office. Close to Piazza Municipio you will also find the stop for the 'Citysightseeing' buses that will take you all around the city and as far as Montenero. Via Borra, the main street at the heart of the Venezia quarter is just around the corner and so is the Via Madonna with its famous churches.
The public buses to the Railway Station depart from Piazza Grande (aka Piazza Duomo) - if you wish to travel by train to Pisa, Lucca or Florence. Make sure you buy bus tickets at the Newsstands on the Piazza (strongly advisable to buy two tickets so that you don't have to look for another kiosk on the way back). Bus #1 to the Railway Station stops in front of the Duomo (Cathedral) - heading left (East) when facing the Duomo. On the opposite side, traveling West and towards the sea, Bus #1 is ideal if you wish to explore Montenero, the Acquario or the Passagiatta Mascagini in the south coast. Behind the Duomo (Cathedral) you will find the bus stop to Pisa and Tirrenia. Next to the Duomo (Cathedral) there is a taxi stand.
At walking distance to the city center, the old Porto Mediceo named after the famous Florentine family that ruled Tuscany (and Livorno) in Renaissance times, is only used by the small luxury ships of cruise lines like Regent, Silversea, Seabourn, Oceania or Azamara. The Port Mediceo occupies a large area and there are two main docking spots. The closest docking spot to the city - C on the map - is no more than 10 minutes walk from the start of Via Grande. At the pier, you will not find restrooms, ATMs or shops but there is always a Tourist Information Representative, major Rent-a-Car reps, and a few taxis.
Livorno's Porto Mediceo at the pier
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Considering the proximity to the city, cruise lines do not provide shuttle buses. Be also aware that Taxis drivers are there looking out for passengers that wish to do one-day-tours to the cities close by and will plainly refuse (or ask exorbitant amounts) for the fare to the city center or even to the train station - if a driver agrees to it, don't expect to pay less than € 25.00 (euros) to get to the railway station. However, on Piazza Grande (aka Piazza Duomo) (less than 1/2 mile from the port) there is a taxi stand that will charge 'normal' prices - around € 8.00 (euros).
The walk to the Piazza Grande (aka Piazza Duomo) (the heart of the city) is pleasant. As you cross the bridge that separates the port from the city, the view of the Fortezza Vecchia on your left shouldn't be missed. Once in the large square that borders the port (Piazza Pantaglione) the cruise traveler will see the famous 'Quattro Mori' statue - one of the monumental highlights of Livorno next to the start of Via Grande. If you are planning to get on a bus - either to the Railway Station (to travel to Florence, Lucca or Pisa) or to explore the coast as far as Montenero, the bus stops are at the beginning of Via Grande.
If heading to the Railway Station, the Bus #1 stop will be on your right - heading East, passing the Duomo (Cathedral) and the Piazza Republica. But if you wish to venture as far as Montenero, or just to go south to the Passagiata Mascagni, the Bus #1 stop will be on the left of Via Grande heading south. Regardless of where you heading make sure you buy a bus ticket at the Newsstand (Kiosk) right before the start of Via Grande (English is widely understood in Livorno) and we strongly advise the purchase of two tickets straight away so that you don't need to look out for newsstands to buy tickets for your return.
Very seldom it will happen that cruise ships will dock at the farther spot in the Port Mediceo - D on map. Like the other pie of Porto Mediceo - C on the map - only small luxury ships dock here and only in special occasions. The walk to the city center (Piazza Grande) is almost a mile long but as soon you exit the pier gates the walk has some pleasant views. Usually, cruise lines do provide Shuttle Buses to Piazza Municipio. Like in all other docking spots in the Port of Livorno, you will not find restrooms, ATM's or shops. Don't count 100% on finding a Tourist Information Representative or major Rent-a-Car services at the pier. A few taxis may be available in the morning and, like on the other docking spots, will be looking out for 'day-tours' not for a short ride to the city center.
Pier at a Glance
What's at Livorno's Piers
What is the best way to get from the Porto Industriale to the city center ?
All cruise lines supply 'shuttle' buses from the Porto Industriale to Piazza Municipio, right in the heart of the city. As these can get full easily, you may want to explore alternatives but walking is the least appealing option.
Shuttle Bus at Piazza Municipio
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How to get from the Porto Industriale to the Train Station?
There are two possible ways: either getting on the shuttle to the city center and from there get on a bus OR take a taxi directly to the Railway Station.
How far is the Porto Industriale from the city center?
The farthest docking spot is more or less 1.5 miles or 2 kilometers as you will have to meander trough the piers. The closest docking sport is 1/2 mile away (less than a kilometer).
Can I walk from the Porto Industriale to the City Center?
Not really. It is not a pleasant walk and it is easy to get lost.
How much does a taxi cost from the Porto Industriale to the City Center?
Normally it shouldn't be more than 4 or 5 euros. However, the taxis standing by are waiting for passengers that want to go farther away and will ask exorbitant amounts.
Can I rent a car at the Porto Industriale?
Yes, there is almost always, at least, one major rent-a-car company offering deals. However, don't wait until getting on the pier. Book online before departing.
Where is the nearest Tourist Infomation Office to the Porto Industriale?
Some 'luxury' cruise lines have a local representative onboard. However, there is almost always a representative at the pier. Before getting in line onboard, look out to the pier to make sure that you don't waste time in line - not many people know this insiders trick.
Tourist Information at Piazza Municipio
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What is the easiest way to get to the city center from the Porto Mediceo?
If docked in the nearest spot - B on the map - walking to the Piazza Grande (aka Piazza Duomo) along Via Grande is the easiest way. If docked in the farthest docking spot - C on the map - the walk is 1 mile long but most cruise lines supply shuttle buses.
What is the easiest way to get to the Train Station from the Porto Mediceo?
If docked at the closest spot - B on the map - walk to the start of Via Grande to get on Bus #1 directly to the Railway station. Just make sure you buy a bus ticket at the Newsstand (Kiosk) right before the start of Via Grande. If docked at the farthest spot, you can either walk to the Via Grande or get on the shuttle to Piazza Municipio and get on Bus #1 at Piazza Grande (aka Piazza Duomo). Taxis from either docking spots will charge around 25 euros.
Buying Bus Tickets in Livorno's newsstands
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Can I walk from the Porto Mediceo to the City Center?
If docked in the nearest spot - B on the map - the walk is quite pleasant and easy. If docked in the farthest spot - C on the map - the walk is slightly more than 1 mile long but as it gets closer to the city it becomes attractive.
How much does a taxi cost from the Porto Medico to the City Center?
If docked in the nearest spot - B on the map - taxis will refuse to take you or will charge an exorbitant amount. If docked in the farthest spot - C on the map - drivers will ask at least € 20 euros.
Where is the nearest Tourist Infomation office?
There is almost always an official tourist office representative at the pier on both docking spots. Otherwise, the closest Tourist Information Kiosk it at Piazza Municipio.
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