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Making the Most of Florence and Pisa

Making the Most of Florence and Pisa

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GETTING THERE

In 2017 the Disney Magic docks in the commercial port of Livorno, a half-hour closer to Florence and Pisa than DCL's longstanding berth in La Spezia. You'll dock at a commercial pier, with no services at hand and no walk-to destinations. All ashore is at 7:00 am, all aboard at 6:45 pm. You’ll be in port on Wednesdays for the 7-night itinerary. 

GETTING AROUND

Nearly everyone will board tour buses to inland destinations; this is not a port to explore on foot.  Inexpensive “on your own” bus excursions will get you to Florence and Pisa, if you’d rather not be guided. Florence and Pisa's city centers are mostly pedestrian-only. The footing (and wheeling) on cobblestone streets can be a challenge, and there are often stairs to climb. Parking is on the periphery, with the preference going to buses over cars. Admission tickets are needed for many sights and, when possible, is best pre-arranged (this is one of the advantages of the guided tours). • Most major car rental agencies are present at the airport, but not pierside—we do not recommend you rent a car. • Taxis are ill-advised due to the distances involved, but a car hire with driver/guide may be an excellent alternative to shore excursions or rental-only. The cruise line offers Private Vehicle excursions, but note that a tour guide is an extra-cost option. The City of Florence's tourism web site's Services & Utilities page can be searched for "tourist and environmental guides": http://www.firenzeturismo.it/en/vivi-firenze-2/servizi-e-utilità-2.html. Driving distances: Florence is 57 mi. (75 min.), Pisa is 15 mi. (25 min.), Lucca is 32 mi. (50 min.), Portofino is 100 mi. (2 hr.), Parma is 125 mi. (2.25 hr.), and Siena is 80 mi. (2 hrs.) Want to drive to a winery? Bring a designated driver!

SAFETY

Sharp operators have been fleecing tourists here for well over 2,000 years. In crowded tourist towns, take standard pickpocket precautions: sturdy straps on shoulder bags, slung diagonally, with the bag under your arm. Wallets are safer in front pants pockets. Be discrete when opening wallets, and guard purchases carefully. Carry the absolute minimum, in case the worst happens.

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