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Cruise Port Review (2023)

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The two best sightseeing tours for cruise passengers to the port of Livorno in 2023: Giro in Battello and City Sightseeing Bus.

Update: June 30, 2023

A cruise throught the canals of Livorno can be a very nice way of getting acquainted with this historic city and port. Traveling around by public bus is the most affordable way to explore the city. But there are also other interesting ways of discovering Livorno like the Hop-on Hop-off City Sightseeing Bus.

Public Buses

Exploring Livorno on Public Buses is so easy that it is advisable to explore this option. Public Buses have a fixed fare of €1.20 and are valid for 75 minutes.

The main bus routes that give the visitor the opportunity to sightsee Livorno by public transportation depart either from Via Grande or or just in the vicinity on Via Cogorano.

If you have been in Livorno before but bot in recevt years, be aware that the Nº 1 bus is now the LAM BLU or LB, runing runs between the Railway Station and Artignano with stops at Piazza della Repubblica, Via Grande, Port Mediceo (by Quattro Mori statue).

LAM ROSSA or LR (formally Bus Nº 2): runs between the Railway Station and Montenero and has convenient stops on Via Grande if you wish to go to Montenero. Learn more about Public Buses in Livorno on IQCruising review.

Livorno Card

Image of the Livorno Card

Until a few years, the Livorno Card offered unlimited rides for 24 hours on public buses and FREE entries to the Giovanni Fattori Civic Museum and the Natural History Museum among other discounts. However, the Livorno Card ceased to exist in recent years. IQCrusing used to mention and highly recommend this touristic discount card but, unfortunately, it doesn't exist any longer.

Giro in Battello (Boat Tours)

Once known as Giro in Battello, a cruise throught the canals of Livorno can be great fun. There are two new companies offering similar cruises. One is operating the same boat (the Marco Polo) and is named Tour in Battello, and the other is named Livorno in Battello.

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Cruising the Canals of Livorno

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Cruising the canals is one of the most famous and popular ways of sightseeing Livorno from a unique perspective. It allows the cruise passenger to travel the Medieval Canals and see all major landmarks in the historical center and many highlights of the city.

Amongst the places of interest of the 'cruise' you will be passing under the bridge that is the Piazza della Repubblica - claimed to be the widest bridge in Europe. Equally interesting is the segment around the Fortezza Vecchia and the Porto Mediceo before exploring the Quartieri Venezia.

Where: around the Fosso Reale
How Long: the duration of the tour is around 50 minutes.
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City Sightseeing Bus (Hop-On Hop-Off Classic)

The City Sightseeing Bus that tour the city with the classic Hop-On Hop-Off formula is, undoubtedly, one of the best ways to explore Livorno.

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Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Bus

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Departing every 60 minutes, it allows the cruise ship passenger the opportunity to sightsee both landmarks and highlights but also to wander through the shopping areas, enjoy outdoors and hop-off at any of major highlights to visit Museums, Churches or Attractions.

It is the ideal way to explore the South Coast and especially if you want to go as far as Montenero to visit a wonderful Sanctuary and enjoy fabulous views of the Mediterranean.

Where: all around town and as far as Montenero
How Long: the duration of the tour is about 60 minutes.
Commentary: audio-guide in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.
Ticket Validity: 24 hours
Prices: adults - US$ 13.50 | Children under 5 - FREE
When: April to middle of November. | Every 60 minutes (The first bus departs at 10:00 AM and the last bus departs at 02:00 PM)
Departing: Via Cogorano (next to Cruise Shuttle Bus Stop).
Main Stops: Venice Quarter | Aquarium | Bathing Establishments in Ardenza | Connection with the Montenero Funicular | Museo Fattori | Natural History Museum | Modigliani's House Museum | Grand Market | Fortezza Nuova.

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