Hospital, Pharmacies and Health Emergencies
for Cruise Travelers to Livorno
- Review, Major Pharmacies, Opening Hours, Over the Counter Medication, Map.
Hopefully, the cruise traveler will not need any medical assistance whilst on a cruise and calling at the Port of Livorno.
Onboard your cruise ship there is always a Medical Centre with competent Doctors and Nurses to take good care of you if you need any medical assistance or care, in particularly, in case of a serious emergency.
You will be charged a hefty consultation fee onboard but if you have Travel Insurance costs will be covered.
Livorno has a number of very good English speaking doctors (specialists) in the rare eventuality that the onboard doctor requires assistance from shore-side.
Livorno also has a very good and modern Hospital just a couple of miles from the city center.
However, if you just need some minor over the counter medication that you are used to – be it for yourself or your family - there is no reason to pay an exorbitant amount onboard for a consultation and, additionally, for medication.
Pharmacies Opening Hours
Pharmacies are very easily identifiable as they always have a big and visible Green Cross outside – the Italian translation for Pharmacy is “Farmacia”.
Most pharmacies open between 8:30 AM - 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Some Pharmacies also open on Saturday. The Farmacia Comunale is open everyday, 24 hours a day. It is located on your right, under arcades, as you walk from the Shuttle Bus Stop on Via Cogorano to Piazza Grande.
Over the Counter Medication
Typical over the counter medication (available without a medical prescription) in Italian pharmacies include all sorts of pain relievers and soft medication for throat, sinus, chest, nose, eyes or ears BUT NOT antibiotics nor tranquillizers or sleeping pills.
The latter are only sold with a medical prescription. However, you will find most Homeopathic medication in Pharmacies.
Farmacia Galeno Interior
Credit: Owner / Management
Pharmacies are also the best place to buy any baby or toddler needs – from baby food to pacifiers as well as nappies (diapers) and all sorts of baby/toddler attire.
The cruise traveler will also find a large variety of sundries that may be useful when cruising such as sun creams, insect repellents, plasters and that sort of thing but also cosmetics or sunglasses.
Livorno has a large number of Pharmacies in the city center. Pharmacists are very helpful, have a sound academic background and most speak good English.
The prices for over the counter medication may be discounted if you are a European citizen with public medical coverage. However, generally speaking, this type of medication is much, much cheaper in Italy than in the US (although not as cheap as in the UK).
Major Pharmacies in Livorno City Center
Very close to Piazza Municipio, where the cruise shuttle stops there 3 pharmacies. Farmacia Comunale (A on Map below): Piazza Grande, 39 | Phone: (0586) 89 44 90 | Closest to the Shuttle Bus | Open:Everyday 24 Hours. Farmacia Grossi (B on Map below): Piazza Grande, 20 | Phone: (0586) 88 41 31 | on the West Side of Piazza Grande | Open: 8:30 AM to 1:00pm and 3:00pm to 8:00pm (Monday to Saturday). Farmacia Internazionale (C on Map below): Via Grande, 140 | Phone: (0586) 89 03 46 | West Side of Via Grande - Closest to Porto Mediceo | Open: 8:30am to 1:00pm and 3:00pm to 8:00pm (Monday to Saturday).
If docked at the Porto Mediceo, Internazionale is the nearest pharmacy. And close by in the city center you will find quite a few other pharmacies. Farmacia Galeno (D on Map below): Via Grande, 62 | Phone: (0586) 88 01 31 | East Side of Via Grande | Open: 8:30am to 1:00pm and 3:00pm to 8:00pm (Monday to Saturday). Farmacia Castelli (E on Map below): Via Cairoli, 34 | Phone: (0586) 89 85 38 | Behind the Duomo (Cathedral) | Open: 8:30am to 1:00pm and 3:00pm to 8:00pm (Monday to Saturday). Farmacia Aquaviva: Via Ricasoli, 1 | Phone: (0586) 89 86 35 | Close to Piazza Cavour | Open: from 8:30AM to 12:30PM and from 3:30PM to 7:30PM (Monday to Saturday).Farmacia Guarda (F on Map below): Piazza Cavour | Phone: (0586) 89 80 07 | South of Piazza Grande | Open: 8:30am to 1:00pm and 3:00pm to 8:00pm (Monday to Saturday).