North of the Porto of Livorno, a 10-kilometre 6.5-mile strip of sand (with wonderful beaches) stretches all the way up to Marina de Pisa, a small town at the mouth of the River Arno. The port of Livorno and Marina de Pisa are connected by one long road with a couple of central villages - Calambrone and Tirrenia - that are in fact a succession of touristic establishments ("Bagni", resorts, hotels and restaurants), holiday villas and a few institutional buildings along the road; however, at the heart of Tirrenia there are also a few services like a pharmacy and a bank.
But the most interesting aspect for visitors cruising the Mediterranean and calling at the port of Livorno is the fact that along this 6.5-mile road you will find over 50 different "Bagni" offering all sorts of services - umbrellas, deck chairs, sun-beds, showers, bars and restaurants - and in a couple of cases these go one step further and offer a variety of water sports - "Oasi del Mare" has windsurfing and sailing; and the "Sunlight Park" is a watermark (both highlighted above).
There are so many "Bagni" between Livorno and Marina di Pisa that the Editor only selected a few - and some are highlighted. All of these have something special that appeal to IQ Cruising, but don't let this selection stop you from exploring other "Bagni" if you find them more captivating.
The most affordable (and easy) way of getting there is on Bus N. 10, which connects Livorno to Pisa, departing every 30 minutes and taking around half hour to reach Marina di Pisa with multiple stops along the way. The Bus stop in Livorno is just behind the Cathedral (Duomo) and a ticket will cost €3.00 each way. Naturally, it is advisable to buy a return ticket straight away.
The bus stops along the way to Marina di Pisa are frequent and you will easily see the signs for the entrance of the "Bagni" (always on your left). Some bus stops are literally next to "Bagni" and is also easy to find the bus stop for your return to Livorno. As you will most likely be exploring the area for the first time, do not hesitate to ask the bus driver to stop by the "bagni' where you want to go.
To hire a Taxi is another possible transportation for a 'day on the beach' including a return service with a pick-up time. However, be aware that Taxi drivers may ask you over €60.00 for each way. Alternatively, renting a car at the pier can be a good alternative, as it will allow you the flexibility to also explore Pisa (or Lucca) in the morning and then stop by in Tirrenia for an afternoon at the beach.
Editor Points: One of the best "Serviced Beach" north of Livorno, it is slightly over 1 mile (less than 2 km) from the Porto (in Calambrone). The quaint restaurant is a must - either eating on the terrace or on the beach under Caribbean styled umbrellas. Exclusive fish and pasta dishes. For a quick bite, light fare or cocktails there is also a bamboo beach bar with sitting gazebos. On the spacious and clean sand there is a beach-tennis area, beach-volley area, children playground, renting of pedal boats and canoes.
|WHERE:||Tirrenia - Calambrone|
|Address||Viale del Tirreno, 74|
|Prices:||Day Admission: Just Sun-bed €6.00 | 1 Umbrella and 2 Deck-chairs €15.00 | 1 Umbrella and 2 Sun-bed €22.00.|
|Phone||349 848 8555|
NOTES: Bus from Livorno has a stop just before La Siesta, next to a large Church on a new apartment development. Across the street, look out for the not particularly visible sign. There is also a public (free) beach next to it - La Tintarelleria.
Editor Points: Being 70 meters wide and over 100 meters deep it is one of the largest beaches in Tirrenia, is particularly good for families and it also has a special wheelchair access to the beach. It offers private cabanas with hot shower for a max. of 6 people (€40.00).
|WHERE:||Tirrenia - 2.5 miles north of the port.|
|What||Beach volleyball, tennis and soccer. Children's play area and nursery area. Self-service restaurant/pizzeria.|
|Prices:||Day Admission: €6.00 (includes locker) | 1 Umbrella and 2 Sun-bed €22.00 (max. 4 persons).|
|Address:||Viale del Tirreno, 48|
|Phone:||39 05 03 72 25|
NOTES: Between Bagno Delfino and Bagno Laura (150 meters apart), the Bus Stop is right in front of "Bagno" Maddalena's the entrance. To return to Livorno, Bus Stop is next to Delfino's entrance.
Editor Points: Organized in rows of umbrellas with deck chairs (and cots on request) the rows are spaced 7 meters apart. The beach also has an area of Cabins (2.60 square meters - square feet) with racks, bench, mirror and some even have hot shower - Cabin with Umbrella and 2 Chairs (max. 7 persons) €30.00 (weekends) €15.00 (weekdays). If you are not using a cabin, there are changing/dressing rooms. There is a children's play area and other entertainment area/activities like beach volleyball courts, soccer, tennis and ping pong.
|WHERE:||Tirrenia - 2.5 miles north of the port.|
|Address:||Viale del Tirreno, 46|
|More:||Pedal boats and canoes. Bar (for Snacks) and Restaurant ( €30.00 menu / €15.00 Children Menu). FREE WI-Fi.|
|Prices:||Day Admission: €5.00 | 1 Umbrella and 2 Sun-beds €20.00 (max. 4 persons)|
NOTES:The nearest Bus Stop is right in front of "Bagno" Maddalena - 50 meters south. To return to Livorno, Bus Stop is next to Delfino's entrance - 150 meters south.
Editor Points: A short distance from the center of Tirrenia (Piazza Belvedere), a succession of Bagni starts with "Bagno" Mary; "Bagno" Venere is the next one and Tirrenia is less than 300 meters from the bus stop at Piazza Belvedere. The spacious beach is one of the better serviced in Tirrenia, including free hot showers and valet parking.
|WHERE:||Tirrenia - 3.5 miles (5.5 km) North of the Port of Livorno|
|Address||Viale del Tirreno, 18|
|Prices:||Day Admission: €5.00 | 1 Umbrella and 2 Sun-beds €18.00 (max. 4 persons) on weekdays, €25.00 (weekends).|
|More:||Soccer field; Tennis and Beach Volley; Restaurant, Bar and Pizzeria.|
NOTES: To return to Livorno the closest bus stop is 200 meters north, just after "Bagno" Miramare.
Between Calambrone and Tirrenia: As the Bus N.10 from Livorno exits the city and crosses a small bridge, it enters the community of Calambrone and on the left side of the road a modest sign marks the entrance to "Bagno La Rondine" with the bus stop a few meters away.
This is the first "Bagno" of Calambrone and is followed by the "Camping Mare & Sol" (for campers only). Less than 200 meters farther you will see the sign for "La Playa Felice" just before the next bus stop - very close to two more serviced beaches:"Bagno Nirvana" (which has a swimming pool in its grounds) and "Bagno Etruria" (80 meters apart).
Oasi del Mare (highlighted under Water Sports) is the next beach in Calambrone - the bus stop right after it is closer to the entrance. After a 1-kilometer stretch with a few hotels, a new urban development has a bus stop just before a recently reconstructed Church - this is the one to the best bus stop for La Siesta (highlighted), La Tintarelleria (public beach next to it) and for Stefano Beach (200 meters north) - there is a bus stop next to this for the return. After another 1-kilometre stretch with hotels you will be exiting Calambrone and entering the community of Tirrenia.
Between Tirrenia and Marina di Pisa: As soon as you enter Tirrenia you will see on the left side of the road a succession of pathways in between buildings that give access to the sea but the first 'service beach' will be "Bagno Meloria" - bus stop is 100 meters down the road just after "Bagno Luana" and before "Bagno Rosalba".
Address: Viale del Tirrenio,56
Phone: (3401) 04 09 66
After "Bagno Rosalba", the next two serviced beaches - "Bagno Rosa" and "Bagno Fiorello" - are just a few meters apart and the previous bus stop is the closest.
But for next series of seaside attractions, the bus stop between "Bagno Maddalena" and "Bagno Laura" (both highlighted) is also the best for "Bagno Delfino" (100 meters south) and also for the Sunlight Park (highlighted and 100 meters north). This bus stop is also good for two beaches down the road - Florida and Nettuno. The closest bus stop for the return to Livorno is next to Delfino.
Notes: Clean beach, good for kids, nice and affordable restaurant with Tuscan Cuisine.
Address: Viale del Tirrenio, 50
Phone: 050 37491
Before reaching the Piazza Belvedere - a wide roundabout that is the heart of Tirrenia - the bus N. 10 has one more stop in front of "Bagno Lomi", which is the closest to the previous beach - "Bagno Europa", 40 meters south - and also to "Siria" and "Bagno Alma".
The closest bus stop for all these to the return to Livorno is next to "Bagno Europa". However, both "Bagno Vittoria" and "Bagno Roma" are less than 200 meters away from Piazza Belvedere and it will be easier to walk south to any of these.
Address: Viale del Tirreno, 30
Phone: 050 35506
The bus stop at Piazza Belvedere is also the closest to the next series of serviced beaches - Lido is the first one, 100 meters north, followed by "Bagno" Venere. But if planning to go to "Bagno Tirrenia" (highlighted), Miramare, La Perla, Corralo or Maestrale the bus stop right in front of the latter might be the best one, although 200 meters north of "Bagno Tirrenia".
Notes: Besides a wide beach it has a self-service Restaurant and Pizzeria.
Address: Viale del Tirrenio,20
Phone / Fax: 05 03 73 11
The cruise ship traveler will now enter the WWF (World Wide Fund) - a Natural Wildlife Sanctuary that IQCruising strongly advises to be left alone by touristic visitors. To know more and why visit http://wwfpisa.blogspot.it
Although a Wildlife Sanctuary, there are a few "bagni' in the area: Hoasy, Calypso and Mistral all with successive bus stops close to the entrances, followed by La Pace, Paradiso (both below), and Lido which is the last in Tirrenia, in a small roundabout that marks the entrance to Marina di Pisa. (Bus Stop after Lido is the closet on the way there and for the return here is one bust stop closer to Paradiso).
Bagno La Pace
Notes: Beach, Bar and Restaurant.
Address: Viale del Tirreno, 4
Phone: 050 37385
Notes: WI-Fi Internet. Bar, Restaurant, Pizzeria. Hot showers. Large shaded veranda with tables. Nursery (infants change).
Address: Viale del Tirreno, 6
Phone / Fax: 050 33201
As you enter Marina di Pisa, the beaches start to change as the wide and long sandy area becomes narrower and beaches are smaller, some with the sand 'secured' by small bays of rocks.
With a charm of its own, some of these Bagni are more like very nice bar/restaurants on the beach than a place to swim or enjoy the water. Marta Arlechino will be the first one the visitor will see followed by Gabbiano, Gioiello (below), Arcobaleno, Tritone, Azzurro (below), Impero, Aurora, Primavera, Mirasole, Costa Azzura (below), Fortuna, Vittoria, Balena, Sardegna and Luisa.
After this last one, it is impossible to miss the building of Il Pappafico - a Beach Club that is the hip place for revelers and alike, which is not the place for a day on the beach. Once in Marina di Pisa there are also a number of small "Bagni' but unless you are really curious to see how this small town looks like or to go for lunch, neither the beaches or the "Bagni' match any of Tirrenia. However, Gorgona has a very nice setting.
Notes: One of the last beaches still with a wider sand area.
Address: Via Litoranea 52
Phone: 050 35648
Address: Via Litoranea 48
Phone: 050 36131
Bagno Costa Azzura
Address: Via Litoranea 36
Phone: 050 36619
Notes: At the North end of Marina de Pisa, next to the River Arno.
Address: Via Tullio Crosio 14
Phone: 050 35351