15 Best Livorno Tours

Located on the west coast of Tuscany on the Ligurian Sea, Livorno is a city of around 160,000 inhabitants known for its busy port, delicious seafood and an extensive network of canals that rivals Venice.

The cruise terminal in Livorno welcomes ships from all over the world. While many tourists choose to spend a day or two in the port city, others use it as a starting point for side trips to nearby cities like Florence and Pisa.

The city’s highlights include an aquarium, historic attractions, and all-around old-world charm, so keeping it busy shouldn’t be a problem.

Here are the 15 best tours in Livorno.

1. 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket

Livorno

Hop-on hop-off bus tours have grown in popularity in recent years, especially among savvy travelers who like to spend their precious vacation on their own terms.

Livorno’s history goes back hundreds of years, when maritime trade made it an economic powerhouse.

The city is filled with impressive Renaissance architecture, maritime history, and even Roman-era buildings and monuments.

This hop-on hop-off tour will take guests to many iconic sights such as the Gold Theatre and the Sanctuary of Montenero. Unlike traditional tours, it allows them to explore the stops they are interested in and skip the ones that are not.

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2. 2 ½ hour private walking tour with local guide

Livorno Dome

For those who have just spent a few days in a small cabin on a crowded cruise ship, hiking is a great way to get rid of cobwebs and see things from a street perspective.

During its heyday in the 15th and 16th centuries, Livorno was often referred to as the “City of Nations” for its prosperity and international influence.

On this 2 ½ hour guided tour, participants will explore Livorno’s top sights as well as some of its hidden gems.

The city’s ancient walls and coastal defense system are tourist highlights, along with St. Catherine’s Church, the Republic Square and the Livorno Dome.

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3. Pizza Pasta and Wine Experience

Leaning Tower and Baptistery

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more typical Italian dish than wine and pasta. The inhabitants of the country are fascinated by them, and on this customizable pizza tour, guests can experience both like never before.

The tour begins with pickup from the cruise ship terminal and includes stops at Pisa’s main attractions, such as the Leaning Tower and the Baptistery.

On the way, guests will benefit from the insider knowledge of the guide. Depending on their schedule and interests, trips can vary from a few hours to a full day.

Eat a light breakfast, as pasta and wine tasting are the highlights of the trip.

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4. Minivan Shore Excursion to Cinque Terre from Livorno

Cinque Terre

After pickup from the cruise ship terminal in Livorno, visitors will be transferred to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Cinque Terre.

The Cinque Terre is an area on the coast of the Ligurian Sea and consists of five distinct villages that date back to a very long time ago.

Together with their guide, tour participants will have time to explore the village’s narrow streets and historic sights and sail along the coast, weather permitting.

Then, depending on the time, guests can choose to explore on their own, relax with an espresso or a glass of wine in a seaside café, or swim in the azure waters.

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5. Florence and Pisa Shore Excursion with Food Tasting

Florence

In addition to being one of Italy’s artistic, cultural and gastronomic centers, Florence is also home to Italian. It is full of impressive historical sights and is well worth checking out.

Highlights of the city include Place de la République, Ponte Vecchio and the Accademia Gallery, which houses one of the most impressive and priceless art collections from artists such as Michelangelo.

Next, guests and their guide will travel to Pisa to explore the Leaning Tower and the Piazza dei Miracoli located within the ancient city walls that protected the city from external threats long ago.

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6. Livorno Shore Excursion Portovenere and Cinque Terre

Portovenere

Combination tours are valuable for those who get bored quickly because they cover a wider area and usually keep guests more engaged.

The peaceful fishing village of Portovenere is approximately a 90-minute drive from Livorno’s port.

The town is characterised by angular and colourful houses lining the waterfront and St. Peter’s Church, built over 20 years in the mid-13th century.

Guests and their guides will also explore the UNESCO-recognized Cinque Terre villages, with options including free sightseeing time or a relaxing and scenic ferry ride across the harbour.

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7. Florence Shore Excursion and Tasting

lord square

Florence is one of the true gems of Tuscany. Exploring is easy for travelers who have just set off on a cruise from the port of Livorno.

Upon arrival in Florence, guests can relax in a traditional restaurant and sample a variety of local dishes while learning about the city’s rich history and vibrant cuisine, and the tour begins.

After filling up, everyone starts exploring the city’s historical, cultural, and artistic attractions, led by their English-speaking guide.

The tour includes a guided and free time slot during which guests can choose to visit some sights such as the Cathedral and Piazza della Signoria.

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8. Pisa Shore Excursion with Leaning Tower

Miracle Square

Visiting Pisa without stopping to see the world’s most famous Leaning Tower is a criminal abuse of precious vacation time.

Having said that, for those who choose to take this shore excursion from Livorno, there is really no need to miss out.

Only half a day, perfect for cruise passengers to work with limited hours. Since the trip from Livorno to Pisa is only 30 minutes, almost all of the time is spent exploring the sights of the town.

Highlights include the Piazza dei Miracoli, the Leaning Tower and the Santa Maria Gate. Each trip provides a guaranteed return time for those whose ships depart.

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9. Private San Gimignano and Siena Tour from Livorno

San Gimignano

After meeting the driver at the port of Livorno, guests will be transported to San Gimignano, where they will meet up with a local guide before embarking on an adventure full of value.

Gimignano is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany due to its medieval heritage and prominent hilltop position overlooking the idyllic countryside below.

After experiencing the narrow streets, unique architecture, and rich squares, it’s time to head to nearby Siena, famous for its annual horse races, much-loved since the 17th century.

The tour includes transportation, a guide, and skip-the-line tickets to attractions that require an entrance fee.

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10. Pizza, Florence and Chianti Tasting from Livorno

Chianti

Piazza dei Miracoli – or Piazza dei Miracoli – is the historical and cultural center of Pisa. Not surprisingly, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site more than three decades ago.

Offering transportation to and from the port of Livorno and the services of a knowledgeable and enthusiastic local guide, this combined history, culture and wine tour is a great value for those looking to make the most of their limited holiday.

In addition to visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa, guests will experience many of Florence’s most important sights, after which it’s time to retreat to a traditional villa and taste Chianti and other local delicacies such as bruschetta, cured meats and olive oil.

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11. Private Shore Excursion from San Gimignano and Volterra

Volterra

For discerning travelers who like to travel in style, there is a definite option, rather than being crammed into a minibus and dozens of other warm bodies.

This shore excursion from Livorno to San Gimignano and Volterra includes a ride in a Mercedes Benz through some of Tuscany’s most stunning landscapes before arriving at the tourist destination attractions.

Acclaimed for its impressive skyline, palatial residences and Roman-era cathedral, San Gimignano is popular with travelers from all walks of life.

In Volterra, visitors will learn about Etruscan culture on a guided tour, shop for unique alabaster crafts, and visit some of the most stunning squares in Italy, such as Piazza Transcendental and Piazza San Giovanni.

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12. Private Day Trip to Cinque Terre from Livorno or Florence

Cinque Terre

Whether you’ve just arrived in Livorno on a cruise ship or find yourself spending time in Florence, this private day trip to the Cinque Terre is a convenient and affordable option.

Although the towns of Tuscany are full of unforgettable attractions, many holidaymakers are eager to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head to the countryside.

After being collected in the port for the people of Livorno, guests will travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which consists of five fishing villages on the coast of the Ligurian Sea.

It’s a must-see for those who want a glimpse into Italy’s past, with charming houses, scenic vineyards and stunning sea views.

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13. Pisa and Florence Private Shore Excursion from Livorno

Piazzale Michelangelo

For those who have just arrived by boat in the port of Livorno, enjoying a full-day private tour of Pisa and Florence is a great way to spend the day.

Pisa and Florence are less than an hour away, both cultural, artistic and architectural centers of the Renaissance.

The tour departs at 8:00. On the way, guests will benefit from commentary by a local guide.

Major sights include the Baptistery and Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence, and the Piazza dei Miracoli and the Leaning Tower in Pisa.

Round-trip transportation is included, but meals and on-site admission are not included.

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14. Half-Day Shore Excursion from Port of Livorno to Pisa

Port of Livorno

Half-day tours are an attractive option for those who prefer to leave most of the day free to explore.

Departing from the port of Livorno, this shore excursion to Pisa includes transportation and the services of a local guide familiar with the ins and outs of Pisa’s most famous sights.

While it’s not as famous as the Leaning Tower, the town’s Miracle Square is the square where almost everything else surrounds it.

Despite its odd inclination, it is possible to climb to the top of the tower for unparalleled panoramic views.

Other options include visiting the cathedral or the baptistery for minimal additional cost.

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15. Pisa and Lucca Full-Day Private Shore Excursion

Luca

While day trip options from Livorno are limited, there are many combo tours that combine multiple destinations into a convenient package.

This full-day shore excursion departs from the port and includes an English-speaking guide who will accompany guests to Pisa and Lucca.

Famous for its Leaning Tower and Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa is widely regarded as one of the most fascinating cities in Tuscany.

Likewise, Lucca has its own impressive tower. On this 9-hour tour, guests can choose to walk or cycle around the city walls.

Tours are customizable, so please check with the tour provider for options before booking.

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