So what is the first thing you imagine when you think of your upcoming cruise to Florence, Italy?
Whether it’s the first, the second or any of the above, you’re right as you can get to experience all of these (and so much more!) while visiting Florence as part of your Western Mediterranean cruise.
Absolutely! Florence is a city that is definitely worth visiting. It is renowned for its rich history, stunning architecture, world-class art, and vibrant cultural scene. Here are a few reasons why Florence is worth a visit:
Where is Florence Italy located? Where do cruise ships dock for Florence?
First of all, Firenze (yes, it is the same as Florence) is the capital of the idyllic Tuscany region (remember Under the Tuscan sky or the Room with a View?)
The two cities, Livorno and Florence, are in the same region of Tuscany but are not directly adjacent to each other. If you're arriving at the Livorno cruise port and wish to visit Florence, you have a few transportation options which you will find about next...
Florence, Italy is definitely not one of the ports in which you can casually walk off the ship and let things unfold without much planning.
I cannot stress enough: do inform yourself about ways of getting to Florence, last minute solutions do not work on this day!
When it comes to reaching Florence from the Livorno cruise port, there are several transport options available.
Once you manage to get there, there’s nothing to worry about, most of the city of Florence, Italy is a big pedestrian zone and it’s perfectly walkable. You will be surprised to see how small it actually is!
The duration of the ride from Livorno to Florence depends on the mode of transportation chosen and the traffic conditions. Here are approximate travel times for different modes of transportation:
It's important to note that these travel times are estimates and can be subject to variations based on factors such as traffic, time of day, and specific circumstances.
The best time to visit Florence as a cruiser depends on personal preferences and the specific experiences you are seeking. But when choosing the time for your cruise, these are the two most important factors:
Florence, Italy takes our breath away with its marble-cladded churches, church towers and stark palazzos hiding the secrets of the notable families that were the movers and shakers of Florence at its golden time in history, the Renaissance.
The most famous of them being the Medici family of course.
It’s true, Florence, Italy can be hard to master in a day, but our mission here at Mediterranean Cruise Ports Easy is for you to get there and be very clear about what to see and do in the short 5 or so hours you’re most likely to have there.
All the Florence, Italy attractions can become so overwhelming it’s important to know what to see if this is your first ever visit and you only have one day.
Some things you will just have to postpone for your next cruise, or that happy time in life when you get to own that villa in Tuscany, right? ;)
No matter how long you stay in this city… always leave some time to simply enjoy this beautiful city, to sit down at one of its lively Piazzas, have a cappuccino, have some gelato and… shop!
Florence fashion is highly regarded in the world of fashion in general. Actually, I can easily say, Florence is one of its birthplaces.
That’s why you should seriously take some time to shop here. Things you will see there you will not see anywhere else later on in the cruise: the selection of the famous 18kt Florentine/Italian gold, the softest leather in the world, branded clothes, shoes, and handbags, wines and liquers, olive oils and balsamicos, ceramics, linens and hand-pressed paper!
Florence is a feast for all of your senses and we hope you have a lot of extra space in your luggage to get at least a little bit of it home, you’ll need it.
Need a skilled local to guide you in your shopping adventures? Get one here:
If you have visited Florence Italy many times before, or you're staying in this magical city for a few nights before or after your cruise, you should consider taking a daytrip to its wine areas.
Visiting Florence's vineyards and participating in wine tastings provides a unique and memorable experience for tourists (let's not even mention the photo opportunities).
These daytrip tours and shore excursions combine history, culture, breathtaking landscapes, and the pleasure of savoring world-class wines: think Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
Whether you are a wine enthusiast or simply seeking an authentic Tuscan experience, exploring the vineyards and indulging in wine tastings can be a highlight of your visit to Florence.
See the wine tastings I have hand picked for you (some are suited for those based in Florence while the other are from Livorno):
Florence, Italy, is renowned for its culinary traditions and is known for several iconic dishes. The top three foods Florence is famous for are:
And let's not forget the deserts: cantuccini, crunchy, twice-baked cookies made with almonds, flour, sugar, eggs, and a hint of vanilla; gelatto (Florence is known for its unique gelato flavors that incorporate local ingredients such as saffron, Vin Santo, and Tuscan honey) and Schiacciata alla Fiorentina, a traditional Florentine sponge cake.
Are you drooling already? Because I sure am! Want something to really look forward to when in Florence? Book one of these gourmet tours:
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4. Capri ferry
10. Livorno Italy
13. Naples to Capri
16. Messina Sicily
17. Pisa Train
18. Visiting Pompeii
19. Pompeii forum
20. Port of Piraeus
22. Venice vaporetto
23. Venice water bus
24. Livorno map
25. Getting to Zadar
27. Walk Venice
28. Mykonos beach
30. Pomepii homes