We will be doing a Europe cruise on RCCL in May and I need advice on shore excursions in Livorno (Florence)
I prefer doing the ship shore excursions, however they seem very expensive for Florence, with most of the time being in transit ( 1.5 hours each way). I am hesitant to take the train on our own for fear of missing the ship's departure. Private tour companies for Florence also seem very expensive and there is no provision if they are back to the ship late.
Is time better spent going on a tour to a closer town (e.g. Lucca, Pisa)? We are not big on museums and prefer walking through the streets and viewing the architecture. Has anyone done smaller towns by train successfully?