By Train -- The Arno valley line runs 24 trains daily from Florence (about 1 1/2 hr.) through Empoli (55 min.) and Pisa (19 min.) to Livorno Centrale, where you can catch the no. 1 or 2 bus to Piazza Grande. There's also a regular service (Mon-Sat) down the Etruscan Coast to Cecina (25 min.) and San Vincenzo (40-50 min.), with a sparser service also calling at Castiglioncello (18 min.).

By Car -- There's a highway from Florence (the FI-PI-LI) that runs straight into town. From Pisa, the fastest way is to zip down the A12 or the SS1. Driving in the center can be a little chaotic, however; we either take public transportation or park as soon as we arrive: There's pay parking by the train station in Piazza Dante, along the Fosse Reale, and in Piazza Unità d'Italia.

By Bus -- The train is almost always better, but CPT buses (tel. 050-884-111; do run from Pisa to Piazza Grande. ATL buses (tel. 0586-884-262; run from Piazza Grande to service Livorno's province down the coast, including Cecina and Piombino.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.