If your cruise ship docks at one of the industrial piers in the port of Livorno, there will be a cruise shuttle bus service into town (€5 for round trip) which drops off and picks up in Via Cogorano, near Livorno town hall, just behind Piazza Grande. There is a Tourist Information Office in the building that separates the Piazza del Municipio from Piazza Grande. Here you can pick up a map of Livorno and other information about the city. Some of the smaller cruise ships dock in the old Medici Port (Porto Mediceo) at berths known as Calata Sgarallino and Molo Capitaneria, both of which are located close to the Fortezza Vecchia, within easy walking distance of the town centre of Livorno.
Livorno Shopping - Shop Opening Times:
Most shops in Livorno open between 9.00-9.30am and many (especially smaller, independent stores) close for lunch at 12.30 or 1pm. A few local shops and most of the chain stores now stay open all day, but they are still a minority. Afternoon shopping hours in Livorno start at about 4pm but this can be later in the summer. They generally close at 8pm. On Monday mornings shops are closed (except for food shops, markets and supermarkets). In Livorno, however, shops open on the first Sunday of every month (usually in the afternoon, and not in August). Many small businesses also close for a short period during August - the 'Chiuso per Ferie' (closed for holidays) sign is a familiar sight. This often coincides with the big national holiday, Ferragosto, on 15th August
The Central Market of Livorno, and food shops and stalls in the market area, open at about 8am, closing at 1pm from Monday to Saturday. Supermarkets open all day, and many are open on Sundays as well.
Banks in Livorno:
Most open at about 8.30am and close at 1.30pm.
Tobacconists: Apart from cigarettes and tobacco, tobacconists also sell bus tickets, stamps, stationary, confectionary, games, and a range of other gadgets.
Livorno Bus Tickets: These can be bought from tobacconists and cost €1.20 each (price updated Jan 2016) Bus tickets are valid for 75 minutes from the time they are validated on board, which you must do when you get on the bus. You can also buy tickets from the driver, on board the bus, at a slightly higher rate.
Alternatively, for holders of Italian cell phones with Wind, TIM, Vodafone and 3 Italia contracts, you can buy a bus ticket by sending a text message with the wording LIVORNO to 4850306 (cost of ticket 1.40 euros plus SMS charge).
For more information about using the local bus service follow this link
Public Toilets in Livorno: There are some good, clean public toilets inside the covered Central Market. Otherwise it is general practice to use the facilities of a café or bar, buying a quick coffee or even just a glass of water for the privilege. There are toilets upstairs in the Coin department store (Piazza Attias), and in Upim (Via Marradi).
Restaurants open at lunchtime in Livorno