Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Driving from Livorno to Portofino

Jump to last reply

I had just started my research about my upcoming Med cruise when I stumbled across the Fodors site. Excellent! I'm now doing my whole trip planning from this one site.

I've read the discussions about Livorno, Lucca, Cinque Terre (CT) and Portofino (PF) / Santa Margherita Ligure (SML), but am hoping some one would be able to give me more specific answers.

We're docking for a day in Livorno, but we've seen Florence before, so we've decided to go to Portofino for the day. Several posters on this site have advised against this because of the distance, especially by train which seems to be up to 2.5 hours each way, so we've decided to rent a car for the day. Not the most economical, but the only feasible alternative.

I'm not able to find a good estimate of the travel time via the A12 between Livorno and PF. It seems to be about 1.5 hours by car? Say it takes 2 hours. We can only leave Livorno at 8:30 (time the car rentals opens) and that will put us in Rapallo / SML at 10:30. Take the ferry to PF, spend max 1.5 hours before return to SML. This puts us at Oca Bianca for lunch at 12:00 / 12:30. Spend some time in SML from 13:30 to 15:30 before we start our way back to Livorno to be there at 18:00 (ship leaves at 19:00). Sounds doable?

I see parking is expensive in SML. Is it feasible / cheaper to rather park in Rapallo and take the bus to SML? Should we make some time to spend in Rapallo? Anything specific to see?

On our way to SML and back to Livorno, there should be time for a quick stop to stretch legs. One could maybe make a quick detour to PortoVenere? Obviously CT is out of the question on this trip. Anywhere else along the road one can stop for a few minutes?

(Next post will be on Civitavecchia)

4 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report Autumn in Paris
  2. 2 trip to norway
  3. 3 When Christmas markets of 2014 are going to start in Tyrol in Austrian part
  4. 4 "Or Like in Europe Where Folks Share Tables to Save Space"
  5. 5 Family heritage/name origin services in Poland?
  6. 6 Food tours in Rome and other tours as well
  7. 7 Ireland or Scotland
  8. 8 ...Got a speeding ticket in Spain...
  9. 9 Following the Tour de France via Campervan
  10. 10 Cruise the River Shannon
  11. 11 Trip Report 1,000,001 Steps: Ups and Downs in Greece for 3 Weeks
  12. 12 Trip Report TR: Self indulgence in London and Venice
  13. 13 Food tours in Rome?
  14. 14 Trip Report Europe (London/Berlin/Venice) Last MinutepPractical/Ordinary
  15. 15 Rome Food Tour
  16. 16 How late is too late for a trip report?
  17. 17 Something unique about your best city anywhere in Europe
  18. 18 Rome restaurant suggestions
  19. 19 Warning NEVER BOOK at Castro Exclusive Residences Barcelona!
  20. 20 Can you help me with an Oyster Card?
  21. 21 Italy and Croatia
  22. 22 Help with England/Wales tour
  23. 23 Photography Trip Ideas in Eastern Europe
  24. 24 Travel between Madrid and Caceres
  25. 25 Backpacking Europe in the Winter
View next 25 » Back to the top