Livorno is a port city on Ligurian Sea on the western coast of Tuscany, Italy. It's the capital of the Province of Livorno, with a population of around 160,000. In English it has traditionally been known as Leghorn. The city and port of Livorno have continued as an important destination for cruise passengers and tourists attracted to its historic setting.
Port of Livorno is one of the biggest seaports - both in Italy and Mediterranean Sea as a whole. The port offers regular ferry services by the ferry companies Corsica Ferries (Grimaldi Lines to Barcelona and Tangier), Sardinia Ferries (to Golfo Aranci and Bastia), Toremar (to Capraia), Moby Lines (to Olbia and Bastia).
- Based on its 2017 cruise ship schedule, the port of Livorno announced a total of 349 ship calls and around 700,000 cruise passengers. The statistics included 6 new vessels, and 3 vessels with partial turnarounds. Among the most famous visiting ships were AIDAperla (17 calls), Silver Muse (5 calls), Seabourn Encore (5 calls), Majestic Princess (4 calls), Viking Sky (2 calls), Norwegian Joy (1 call), MSC Armonia (17 partial turnarounds), Arethusa (16 partial turnarounds), Hebridean Sky (1 partial turnaround).
- Statistical data for season 2016 showed 404 ship calls and 810,000 cruise passengers - about 16% increase over 2015. Season 2017 data showed a 10% decrease (over 2016) in ship calls and visiting passengers.
Highlights: Florence, Pisa, Lucca
Livorno cruise terminal
Currently, the cruise port has 3 berths, meaning it can handle 3 large-sized ships at a time. Extra berthing is available at other piers, which offer priority docking for passenger shipping vessels. With those, the port can handle 6 vessels at a time.
Livorno's new Alto Fondale cruise terminal is located at Silos Granari Calata Punto Franco. The facility is used only by ships operating on roundtrip itinerariess from Livorno (turnarounds). It is located approx 0,5 km from the city center. Two big airports are located close to the cruise port terminal - Aeroporto di Pisa (13 km / 8 ml) and Aeroporto di Firenze (Florence, 80 km / 50 ml).
Large cruise ships to Livorno dock at the port's container terminal. From there is provided shuttle bus service (from the terminal to Piazza Grande). Depending on the cruise company, this service is at additional charge or complimentary. Taxis at the terminal are also available. The nearest railway station is approx 3 km (1,9 ml) or about 5-min bus drive. Bus shuttles stop at the train station too. At the terminal, cruise passsengers can purchase bus and train (roundtrip) tickets to Pisa, Florence and Lucca. Trains from Livorno to Pisa depart every 30 min.
- In the end of 2013 was approved a 3-year plan for expanding the cruise port. It included the whole Alto Fondale and Calata Orlando piers, and provided 3 more cruise ship dedicated berths for larger vessels (with length over 300 m / 980 ft).
- The port's future expansion involves a huge investment for redesigning of its infrastructure in order commercial berths to be relocated, so cargo and passenger shipping traffic to be separated. This project's first stage will be completed in 2017. By the year 2022 all should be completed, but the commercial piers will still be used by cruise ships in the meantime.
- In the near future, the Livorno port will offer LNG bunkering. Will be build a dedicated LNG cruise ship terminal just 20 km (12 ml) away from the cruise port. The port autority company announced in July 2016 that they are considering the option to use the LNG plant to refuel LNG-powered cruise ships. This way Livorno will join the few ports offering with LNG (liquefied natural gas) availability. The close-to-port LNG supply service will allow cruise vessels to bunker directly, i.e. without using the services of LNG barges or trucks to provide them with fuel.
Livorno tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
Livorno is also thye cruise port to Pisa and Florence. The long list of Livorno's places of interest and most popular tourist attractions includes:
- Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi
- Acquario comunale Diacinto Cestoni
- Fortezza Nuova
- Fortezza Vecchia
- Fosso Reale
- Museo Civico Giovanni Fattori
- Museo di storia naturale del Mediterraneo
- Orto Botanico del Mediterraneo
- Old English Cemetery
- Sanctuary of Montenero
- Porto Mediceo
- Venezia Nuova
- Terrazza Mascagni
A popular shore excursion offered from Livorno cruise port is the bus tour of Bolgheri and the Wine Road, located at approx 40 min drive distance from the port. The famous Viale dei Cipressi leads cruise tourists to the village of Bolgheri. After visiting the craft shops and wine bars, tourists travel to the vineyards where they have the chance to taste local delicacies, such as Olive Oil, honey, bread and cheeses.
To promote the potential of the Livorno territory, as an alternative to the classic Tuscany tour, Porto 2000 presented at Seatrade Cruise Med (in Tenerife, Canaries) a new marketing project called "Why Livorno", which was launched at Seatrade Cruise Global (in Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA) in March 2017.
The Livorno cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Livorno, Florence-Pisa, Italy.
If you lose the Livorno location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Livorno cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Livorno, Florence-Pisa, Italy. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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