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"Grimaldi line ferry"
We took the passage from Palermo to Livorno as foot passengers. The only criticism I would have of the service is that no advance information is provided about the arrangements for passengers without cars. Embarkation and also disembarking was problematic. Otherwise the service was very smooth and the cabin was very comfortable and almost luxurious. The journey (18 hours) was long but a pleasant change from flyingRead More Read Less
The Italian city of Palermo is located in the north west of Sicily, by the Gulf of Palermo in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The city has a reputation across the world for its history, gastronomy, culture and architecture with a its origins dating back over 2,700 years. Many visitors flock to the city and it has become Sicily's main hub for culture, commerce and tourism. The city's centre has many examples of fine palaces and churches which give way to areas whose way of life doesn't seem to have changed for centuries. This is perhaps most evident in the markets in Palermo, whose Arabic origins can still be seen today thanks to the noise, aromas, colours, narrow streets and with the excellent array of produce on offer and the general 'souk's atmosphere.
From the city's port, ferry services operate to destinations include Genoa, with a crossing time of 21 hours, Civitavecchia, 14 hour crossing time, Naples, 10 hours and 30 minutes, and Tunisia, 10 hours. It is recommended that foot passengers check in 1 hour prior to departure and vehicles 2 hours prior to departure. For all departures to Tunisia check in should be 4 hours prior to departure.
Livorno is an Italian city and port that lies on the west coast of the country and is frequently visited by cruise ships as it is an important gateway to the famous and picturesque Tuscany region. Many of the city's visitors do so on their way to visiting other destinations in the region including Florence, Pisa, Lucca and Siena. The city was designed during the Italian Renaissance when it was ruled by the Grand Duke of the Medici family but additions were made at the end of the 16th century by Bernardo Buontalenti. Overlooking and protecting the city's port is a fortress and like many other Italian cities, Livorno was once surrounded by walls that were constructed to protect it from marauders. Many parts of the city's ancient walls remain intact and are a popular attraction with visitors.
Livorno's port has good passenger facilities and includes bars, restaurants, banks and is wheelchair accessible. Ferry using the port depart to Bastia, Olbia, Golfo Aranci, Cagliari and Tunisia.