Must Know and Basic Information for Cruise Travelers
As it happens in most regions with a rich past in Italy, the genuine native people from Livorno have a distinct Italian accent with some particular and peculiar expressions that leads some to consider "Livornese" to be a specific dialect – when, in fact, is a sub-dialect of the 'parent' Florentine dialect.
Although is not absolutely clear that the specific expressions and words spoken in Livorno are sufficiently characteristic to establish 'Livornese' as a distinct dialect the reality is that besides 'scholar' disputes, a satirical magazine entirely written in this 'dialect' is published monthly with the revealing title "Il Vernacoliere" - founded in 1982 as a successor of Livornocronaca (first published in 1961).
Amongst the most famous Livorno’s personalities, the writer (and politician) Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi (1804 – 1873) must be mentioned as one of the Livorno's natives even though he wrote in 'standard' Italian - a small square at the end of Via Grande is named after him.
Conveniently placed in Piazza Municipio - where the cruise ship shuttle stops - there is a Tourist Information Kiosk. This is a place to get additional tourist information, if required, and to double check for any recent updates. But keep in mind that at the pier where your cruise ship docks, next to your gangway there might be a local Tourist Representative as well.
The Tourist Information Kiosk at Piazza Municipio is the best place to buy the Livorno Card, which for €3.00 (Euros) offers FREE travel on the local CTT bus service, FREE entrance on museums like the Giovanni Fattori art gallery, the Natural History Museum and the Sacred Art Museum. It also offers discounts on the City Sightseeing tour, the Boat Tours on the Medici Canals and the Aquarium. You can also buy at his Kiosk the tickets for any of these tours.
Italy was part of the first group of countries founding what is know as the Eurozone adopting the Euro in 2002 and dismissing the Lira which was the country’s currency between 1861 and 2002. The Euro has 7 notes (5, 10, 20, 50, 100 200 and 500). The Euro is divided in cents. There are 5 coins (1cent, 2 cents, 5 cents 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 Euro and 2 Euros).
The USA does not have a Consular Section in Livorno. However, there is one close by in Florence in case of an emergency. The Consular Section in Florence is part of the United States Mission to Italy, which includes the American Embassy in Rome, and has a staff 18 and 3 Foreign Service Officers.
The U.S. Consul General is Abigail (Abby) M. Rupp (since July 2014).
Address: Lungarno Vespucci, 38 - Florence
Telephone (switchboard): (+39) 055.266.951
Monday through Friday - 9:00 am to 12:30 pm (walk-in).
After Hours Emergency - Call (+39) 055.266.951
Piazza Cavour, 12 - Phone: (+39) 0586 84 61 11
Via della Padula, 251 - Phone: (+39) 0586 85 13 26
Piazza Attias - Phone: (+39) 0586 26 56 87
Via Del Marzocco 25 - Phone: (+39) 0586 25 01 11; (+39) 0586 89 41 51
Via Cogorano 25 - Phone: (+39) 0586 89 41 32; (+39) 0586 89 42 33
Piazza Attias - Phone: (+39) 0586 20 38 64
Via De Larderel, 93 - Phone: (+39) 0586 88 31 63
Basic Phone Numbers:
112 - Carabinieri (National Police)
113 - Local Police
118 - Ambulance
115 - Fire
116 - Roadside Assistance - paid service
117 - Finance Police