When and How
to Cruise to Livorno (Italy), Florence or Pisa

Weather and Cruise Itineraries
Visiting Livorno Port
- When to Cruise , Itineraries, What to Pack, Special Events, Embarking, Disembarking and Overnights.

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Although some European cruise lines sail the Mediterranean in the European Winter (December to March), the 'season' really starts in April lasting until mid of November with some cruise ships departing to warmer regions as late as early December.

When to Cruise to Livorno

Whilst the Mediterranean has mild and sunny days in April and May, the weather is far from reliable in the first two months. And the same applies to October and November - in fact, the latter is the rainiest month in Livorno.

Between June and September the weather is at its best - sunny and warm - although the savvy cruiser should be aware that the overwhelming majority of Europeans enjoy summer holidays in August and, inevitably, highlights like Florence and Pisa are invaded by hordes of northern Europeans. Therefore, the Editor's favorite months to cruise Livorno are June, July and, especially, the first 3 weeks of September.

This said, the Autumn has a charm of its own (up until the third week of November) and although the change of foliage is not as spectacular as in other places in the World (North East America comes to mind) beautiful colors are to be found in smaller towns like Lucca and Volterra. Naturally, the beaches are far from inviting at any time after mid-September, but the countryside will display spectacular landscapes - fully enjoyable if traveling to Siena or San Gimignano on a rent-a-car.

If traveling with children and the beaches of Livorno appeal instead of the historical sites, then July should be the month of choice. The two-second weeks of June are warm enough and a good choice as well. The first two weeks of August are very nice for sun splashing but the beaches will be literally packed, although the last two weeks of August see a clear decline in the 'crowds'.

Month Daily Mean
℃ (℉)
Average High
℃ (℉)
Average Low
℃ (℉)
Average Rain
(mm)
Jan 7
(45)
11
(52)
2
(36)
74
Feb 8
(46)
12
(54)
3
(37)
70
Mar 10
(50)
15
(59)
5
(41)
77
Apr 13
(55)
18
(64)
7
(45)
80
May 16
(61)
22
(72)
10
(50)
61
Jun 20
(68)
26
(79)
14
(57)
43
Jul 23
(73)
29
(84)
17
(63)
24
Aug 23
(73)
29
(84)
17
(63)
57
Sep 20
(68)
26
(79)
14
(57)
88
Oct 16
(61)
21
(70)
11
(52)
120
Nov 11
(52)
16
(61)
6
(43)
122
Dec 8
(46)
12
(54)
3
(37)
85
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily Mean
℃ (℉)
7
(45)
8
(46)
10
(50)
13
(55)
16
(61)
20
(68)
23
(73)
23
(73)
20
(68)
16
(61)
11
(52)
8
(46)
Average High
℃ (℉)
11
(52)
12
(54)
15
(59)
18
(64)
22
(72)
26
(79)
29
(84)
29
(84)
26
(79)
21
(70)
16
(61)
12
(54)
Average Low
℃ (℉)
2
(36)
3
(37)
5
(41)
7
(45)
10
(50)
14
(57)
17
(63)
17
(63)
14
(57)
11
(52)
6
(43)
3
(37)
Average Rain (mm) 74 70 77 80 61 43 24 57 88 120 122 85

 

Itineraries Calling at Livorno

All major cruise lines sail the Mediterranean and have calls at the Port of Livorno with exception of Carnival Cruises that only occasionally call at this major port.

Typical cruise itineraries sail the West Mediterranean with Barcelona or Civitavecchia (Rome) as departure ports, although some ships sail around Italy ending (or starting) the cruise in Venice. These cruise itineraries are anything between 7 and 10 days long.

More encompassing cruises sail the Western Mediterranean for 11 to 20 days and naturally calling at more ports but seldom missing Livorno. A few cruise lines - usually the upper premium and/or luxury lines - also allow the possibility to explore both Western and Eastern Mediterranean areas, with cruises departing from Istanbul or Athens and going as far as Lisbon in the Atlantic.

What to Pack When Cruising to Livorno

If cruising in any of the shoulder seasons (April-May or October-November) the cruiser should be prepared for cold mornings - around 45℉ (7 ℃)] - which is the time to disembark to go on a tour and also chilly evenings (as you return to the ship).

In the summer, and especially in August, temperatures can reach and go over 90℉ (32 ℃) - advisable to pack very light clothing and, when leaving the cruise ship for a tour to take bottled water along.

 

Special Events in Livorno and Nearby

There are a number of special events that take place in Tuscany that should be kept in mind when on a cruise with a call at the Port of Livorno. In the city itself there are two major events: the Effecto Venezia and a Regatta.

In Siena, the Pallio (July 2 and August 16) is a must. In Florence the Maggio Fiorentino is one of the best classical musical festivals in Europe. Close to Lucca, in Torre del Lago the Puccini Festival is one of the major opera festivals in the World.

Embarking and Disembarking Livorno

It is very, very unlikely that your cruise will start or end in Livorno, as the piers do not have proper facilities (nor Terminals) to operate the complexity of such a process. If an emergency disembarkation is required, the airports of Pisa or Florence are the best options.

In case of an extraordinary embarkation (in the case of missing the embarkation port for a cruise, for example) the Editor strongly advises travelers to avoid the cheap hotels in the city center like Giaponne or City. The same applies as well to the crew, staff or officers that may embark or disembark a cruise ship in Livorno.

 

Overnights in Livorno

Very few ships spend an overnight in Livorno. In the rare eventuality of spending an overnight in the port do not expect much of an activity although a few nice restaurants only open for dinner and there are a few bars and pubs that will be inviting for a drink out.

However, considering the proximity of Lucca, Pisa and even Florence a night out (or better said) an overnight in any of these cities can be a true pleasure. After all, to spend one night in Florence would allow extra time to visit more of the many highlights of the city or to enjoy dinner in one of the many and charming Florentine restaurants.

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