City of Stone
Cruise ships listing Florence on the itinerary generally dock at Livorno, a port town about 60 miles (100km) from Florence and 12 miles (20km) from Pisa, so cruisers can cover both cities in a day. A few cruises to Florence dock at La Spezia, which is about two and a half hours' drive from the city itself and an hour from Pisa. Most cruise ships have a ‘Florence on your own’ excursion, which provide transport to and from the city, but leave you free to explore and sight-see alone. The drive from Livorno to Florence takes an hour, or less if the traffic permits. Expect to pay from £35 for this excursion.