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in Livorno (Italy) Cruise Port

Water Sports and Beaches
in Livorno for Cruise Travelers
- Water Sports, Scuba and reviews of Accademia Blu (Padi Diving Center), Oasi del Mare (Water Sports Village) and Sunlight Park.

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If your cruise ship is calling at the Port of Livorno, most probably, your Mediterranean cruise has another big port with full-day tours just before of immediately after. Many a cruise ship passenger find it very tiring to go on full-day tours in consecutive days and would prefer to enjoy a day in Livorno in a more relaxed way rather than spending an entire day exploring Florence, Siena or any other jewel of Tuscany.

Overview

Amazingly, although never offered or mentioned onboard your cruise ship, Livorno has wonderful beaches and water sports activities at a very short distance that can be a great alternative, in particular if traveling with a young family. Besides a large number of "Bathing Establishments" (serviced beaches), Livorno has on offer Padi Diving Center, Windsurf and Sailboats, and a small but very friendly Water Park. All these are between 20 and 30 minutes from your cruise ship and have reasonably affordable prices.

"Bagni" - Bathing Establishments

Seldom mentioned in travel guides - both on paper or on-line - and completely ignored by Cruise Ships, Livorno has a number of "Bagni" (Bathing Establishments) where a day on the beach can be very enjoyable and a good alternative if not booked on a 10-hour tour.

FOREWORD OF ADVISE: The Italian "Bagni" have an ambiance of its own and it may not be your cup of tea. If you are revolted by cigarette smokers, irritated by children playing without adult supervision, disgusted by men in Speedo swim-wear and shocked by not particularly attractive topples female bathers, be aware and warned that you will most probably come across one of these types if not all.

All these "Bagni" with a history that goes back to the 18th Century are 'private concessions' offering beach services like umbrellas, deck-chairs, sun-beds, showers, lockers, bar, restaurant and, in some, the visitor may even find "Cabanas". Naturally, an entrance fee is charged and services are paid but these will provide both comfort and safety. On average, a couple would be paying less than €30.00 (both) for the entrance fees, 1 umbrella, two sun-beds and access to all facilities (lockers, showers and so on). A light lunch wouldn't cost more than €10.00 (each) but if on a splurge mood some have restaurants with menus going as high as €35.00 per person.

The "Bagni" closer to the Port of Livorno are just south of the Historical Centre on the road to Ardenza in Viale Italia - LAM BLU Bus, or LB (formally Bus Nº 1) takes you there in less than 15 minutes - check the Public Bus Review to learn more. These are the oldest "Bathing Establishments" in Livorno which at some point in History where regularly visited by both Tuscan and Italian aristocracy. The noble glamour has been lost long ago giving way to a more down to earth reality.

These Bagni south of the Historical Livorno are large structures making use of the natural rocks by the ocean, where rows of deck chairs and sun beds are placed, and providing access to the sea - by stairs, plain concrete steps or diving boards. A few "Bagni" have small sandy beaches but all have fabulous swimming pools - the "Bagni Pancaldi" prides itself of having an Olympic Pool (50 meters long).

 

Sandy Beaches

If you prefer a proper sandy beach then the 10-kilometer (6.5 mile) strip between Livorno and Marina di Pisa is the place to go. The bus N. 10 will take you there in less than 20 minutes from the Piazza della Repubblica. The bus stop is around 500 feet from Piazza Municipio where the Cruise Port Shuttle stops - discover how to travel in the Livorno by Public Bus Review. To learn more about the basics of Livorno, read the Must Know review.

Along the road north of Livorno connecting to Marina di Pisa there are over 50 "Bagni", pretty much the same 'serviced beaches' with the same type of services like the ones on the south coast but on a beautiful sand strip.

Because these "Bagni" are on the road to Pisa you may even contemplate to explore the famous city of the Leaning Tower in the morning and stop on the way back for a swim, and a quick bite, at one of these beaches. If renting a car, you can even go as far as Lucca and stop on the way back to your cruise ship.

 

Accademia Blue
(Padi Diving Center) - $

With 20 different dives, this is the place to go if you enjoy scuba and wish to explore the underwater Mediterranean in Livorno. The “Accademia” has a covered and fast boat expressly built for divers (up to 12 plus crew), equipment storage room, hot showers and locker rooms; 60 tanks (10, 12 e 18 liters), Air and Nitrox; 25 jackets in different sizes, belts and weights; 6 underwater computers.
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Photo of Scuba Diving in Livorno

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WHERE:South Coast - Acquaviva, just after Terrazza Mascagni
Address:Viale Italia, 62
Phone:348 317 95 18
Website:www.accademiablu.net
Notes:The Accademia is on "Bagni Pancaldi" which allows families to enjoy the beach services if only one is diving.
Getting There: Either City Sightseeing Bus or LAM BLU Bus, or LB (formally Bus Nº 1)

Oasi del Mare
(Water Sports Village) - $

If the cruise ship passenger never did but always wanted to have a try on a windsurf or a sail boat, the opportunity waits for you with affordable courses for beginners (including children). But if you have experience just rent a board or a boat by the hour or day (starting at €12.00 per hour for a windsurf board). And you can also enjoy all the services of the beach.
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Photo of Windsurfing at Oasi del Mare in Livorno

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WHERE:North of Livorno - Calambrone
Address:Viale del Tirreno, 88
Phone:050 33605
What:Serviced Beach and Water Sports Centre
Prices:Day Admission: €5.00 | Umbrella, 2 sun beds: €20.00 | Windsurf lesson: € 50.00 | Stand-Up Paddle: € 8.00
Website:www.oasidelmare.it
Notes:Calambrone is the first community as you leave Livorno - 2 km from the port.
Getting There:Bus N. 10 departing from Piazza della Repubblica, within walking distance from Piazza Municipio (500 feet - 150 meters - East)

Sunlight Park
(Water Park for the Family) - $

A great place to go if are cruising with children and don't feel like dragging them around through museums and churches. It has all sorts of slides (Black Cannon, the Foam, Space Bowl, Rapid River, Black Hole) 2 swimming pools, restaurant, bar; and green space area with sun beds and umbrellas
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Photo of Sunlight Park

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WHERE:North of Livorno - Tirrenia
Address:Viale del Tirreno, 44
Phone:050.33384
Open:May 1 to end Septembre - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Prices:Adult: €15.00 | Children (under 12): €10.00 | Umbrella + 2 sun loungers: €20.00 | Gazebo + 4 sun loungers, table with chairs: €50.00
Website:www.sunlightpark.it
Notes:Tirrenia is 6km (3.5 miles) from your cruise ship, between the port of Livorno and Marina di Pisa.
Getting There:Bus N. 10 departing from Piazza della Repubblica, within walking distance from Piazza Municipio (500 feet - 150 meters - East)

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