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Livorno, Italy

Livorno and Florence Thursday, May 17, 2007
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At Port - Livorno, Italy

The ship arrived into the port around 7:15 am and backed into the dock finally securing lines around 8:00 am to the Tuscany port town. From Livorno, you can visit Pisa (20km), Siena (115km), Florence (82km), Lucca (40km), Arezzo, Grosseto, Pistoia and Massa. Livorno is the Tuscan gateway to the Mediterranean Sea, and is known for its Medicean canals, overlooked by towers and fortresses. The town is well connected by road, rail and bus. The main rail station is located far from the center of town, but will connect you with Florence, Rome, Turin or the rest of Italy.

Port of Livorno

At Port

There's not much at the port, but you can use Livorno as a base for touring Pisa, Florence and Lucca. The tour buses await you at the end of the dock. Livorno is a busy port, with lots of cargo ships, car carriers, ferries and RO-RO's. It's fascinating to see all the Japanese and other Asian imports here. This is where I got my first good look at the Toyota Yaris, which I bought when I got back home. What is the price of gasoline in Italy ? This was in May 2007, but the stations were posting 1.20 Euro per Liter diesel, and 1.30 Euro per LIter of petrol. At 3.8 liters per gallon, that's around $7 a gallon. I was told much of it is taxes and pays for the train and transportation systems. No wonder why Europe has such a great public transport system.

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The bike rental shop at Lucca, the walled city.

Map of Lucca.

Sample tour ticket for the bike tour.

The tour started from the dock at 8:30 am, with a bus ride past Pisa, and returned to the dock at 1:30 pm.

The bike tour was fun. The bikes are decidedly for tourists with baskets and all.

You actually get to bike on the top of the wall surrounding the city.

Stops within the city include many statues.

One of the central towers which can be seen from any part of the wall.

The bike tour was completely on flat terrain with frequent stops for information regarding the walled city.

The city is best for walking and biking. The streets are very narrow.

A look at one of the many ferries in Livorno.

Cruise ship at port in Livorno.

View of Livorno from the Voyager

Dinner aboard Voyager.

Options for using shipboard phone communications.

Page two of the shipboard phone communications.

The Voyager postcard.

Newsletter.

(pdf link) 2007 RSSC Regent Voyager Daily Newsletter - In Cabin

Livorno - End of Day Reflections

Livorno is a great jump-off point to tour Italy. While I liked the bike tour of Lucca, I should have either gone to Pisa instead, or have taken the bus to Pisa in the afternoon. A number of passengers took the entire day tour to Florence, and really liked it, including seeing the statue of David. Another couple just took the bus to Pisa and spent something like a total of 10 Euro for the round trip. There are lots of Taxis that will glady charge you a few hundred Euro to take your carload of people there.

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