Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sardinia Regina

Sardinia Regina ferry, IMO 7205910, leaving the Porto Mediceo, LivornoThe “Sardinia Regina” is leaving the “Porto Mediceo” escorted by a pilot boat. I like the shape of this ferry because it is like a scaled-down version of an old-fashioned cruise ship. She was built as “Visby” for a Swedish owner in 1972 at the Jozo Lozovina-Mosor Shipyard in Trogir, Croatia (Yugoslavia then). In the 1980s she was back in the Mediterranean, soon joined by her sister ship, the “Corsica Victoria”.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Brick Vault

Brick vault, via dell'Uffizio dei Grani, LivornoAn interesting brick vault in “Via dell'Uffizio dei Grani”. The building, probably one of the oldest in Livorno, is still undergoing a quite long restoration process. (Picture taken in May 2009)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

270 Years After

Procession, piazza Grande, LivornoA procession in “piazza Grande” celebrating the protection of Saint Mary in occasion of an earthquake that hit Livorno on January 27, 1742. The act of devotion became even more significant because the same day, just before 4 PM, an earthquake shook northern Italy and tremors were felt in Livorno for about 15 seconds.

See also: An account of the earthquakes which happened at Leghorn in Italy: between the 5th and 16th of January, 1742 by the Rev. Mr. Horton (Google Books)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

Wasted Paint

Floodder tagger, graffiti on a newsstand, piazza Cavour, LivornoWe have a new talentless scribbler in town: his name is Bladder, or Plodder... who cares? You won't believe that he is doing this... out of protest! Take a number, Blubber!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata

Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata, church of the Most Holy Annunciation, chiesa dei Greci Uniti, via della Madonna, LivornoThe “Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata” (Church of the Most Holy Annunciation) in “Via della Madonna” is also known as “Chiesa dei Greci Uniti” (United Greeks Church).Cleaning up the facade of the Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata, church of the Most Holy Annunciation, chiesa dei Greci Uniti, via della Madonna, LivornoThe whole building is actually undergoing a thorough process of restoration: here we can clearly see the contrast between the part of the facade already cleaned and the rest.

See also: United Greeks - Inside United Greeks

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Urban Clotheslines

Urban clotheslines, via Eugenio Sansoni, LivornoClotheslines outside the windows are making a comeback. This unsightly practice goes against a specific local ordinance, but it is widely tolerated.

See also: Via San Luigi

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Baltimore, København

Maersk Line container ship Baltimore (IMO 9313917), tugboat Tito Neri (IMO 9319167), LivotnoThe Danish container ship “Baltimore” (Copenhagen) on her way out of the port of Livorno, assisted by the tug “Tito Neri”. On the right, in background, the pilot boat.Maersk Line container ship Baltimore (IMO 9313917), tugboats Fratelli Neri (IMO 9393125), Tito Neri (IMO 9319167), LivotnoAt the bow of the 294m Maersk Line ship we can see the other tug, the “Fratelli Neri”.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Evos made by Landscape Structures, installed in Villa Fabbricotti, LivornoThis thing is called Evos and it is a “playstructure” made by Landscape Structures of Delano, Minnesota. It had a rough start when it was installed in “Villa Fabbricotti” a couple of years ago, but is seems that everything is fine now.

See also: Dangerous Playground - Villa Fabbricotti

Friday, January 20, 2012

Phone Booth

Phone booth, without telephone, largo del Duomo, LivornoA phone booth in “Largo del Duomo”, abandoned and without telephone. “Pizza in piazza”, on the awning, is an alliteration meaning pizza in the square.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Interrupted Balustrade

Pancaldi Acquaviva sea resort, LivornoThe balustrade surrounding the “Pancaldi Acquaviva” sea resort is interrupted by a grate to keep away acrobatic intruders.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Scali San Cosimo

Scali San Cosimo, San Benedetto bridge seen from scali degli Olandesi, Livorno“Scali San Cosimo” and the “San Benedetto” bridge seen from “Scali degli Olandesi”.

See also: What Delays the Letters - San Benedetto Bridge - Scali degli Olandesi

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Gimme Shelter

I didn't know much about Playing for Change or the Livornese guitarist Roberto Luti until our friend Luis Gomez sent me a link to this video. Behind Luti you can easily recognize the red brick walls of the “Fortezza Nuova”.

External links: Playing for Change (Official Website) - Playing for Change (Wikipedia)
See also: Playing for Change - More Playing for Change

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

Vintage Life Buoy

Vintage life buoy, scali delle Cantine, Livorno“Scali delle Cantine”: a life buoy that has seen better days...

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Friendly Guys

Beware of the dog, of the master and of the whole family, LivornoSomewhere in Livorno: “Beware of the dog, of the master and of the whole family”.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Three Balconies

Building in via Calzabigi, LivornoNot far from the well, an elegant building in “Via Calzabigi” with an interesting variety of balconies.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Fall of the Rebel Bicycles

Bicycle hanging from a railing, piazza Attias, LivornoBicycle with the seat covered by a blue shopper and rusty chain cover, hanging by an aquamarine flexible lock over the stairwell of an underground parking.

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External links: Bicycle Art

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Saturday, January 7, 2012

City Well

Garden well, apartment building, LivornoIn the small garden of an apartment building in “Via Calzabigi”.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Caffè Palcoscenico

Palcoscenico Café, piazza Goldoni, Livorno“Caffè Palcoscenico” (Stage Café) is just outside the “Teatro Goldoni”, on the namesake square. It is hosted in the former Rimediotti fire station, now used as an ancillary building for the theater.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Fenced Off

Dutch Church, Chiesa degli Olandesi, Scali degli Olandesi, LivornoIt has been several months after the last significant collapse, but something has changed around the Dutch Chirch. The temporary barriers has been replaced by a fence shielded by concrete blocks. The street remains closed and the church building untouched.

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See also: Abandoned Church - Scali degli Olandesi - Chiesa degli Olandesi - Sad Preview - A lecture - Finale - A Ray of Hope - Falling to Pieces - Flying Rats - Another Collapse - Piazza Poerio - The Places I Love - A Few More Votes - Rose Window - Second Place?
External links: Temple of the Dutch German Congregation (Wikipedia)
Facebook Group: “Salviamo la chiesa degli Olandesi a Livorno” (Save the Dutch church in Livorno)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Bather

Winter bather, Terrazza Mascagni, LivornoDecember 31st: we were wearing wool hats and scarves, but this brave guy was going for a plunge from the jetty of the “Terrazza Mascagni”.

Monday, January 2, 2012

The Red Tower

New planter, piazza Attias, LivornoOne of the new planters in “Piazza Attias”, decorated with a narrow slice of “La torre rossa” (The Red Tower) by the Livornese painter Giovanni Fattori. The reproduction was wisely placed against the similarly red-themed pizzeria “Rosso Pomodoro” (Tomato Red) and even the color of the shutter in background carefully matches the blue of the painting.La torre rossa, The Red Tower by Giovanni Fattori, 1875
“La torre rossa” (The Red Tower, 1875) by Giovanni Fattori

See also: Piazza Attias - The Big Red A - The New Attias - Lungomare di Antignano - Steamhip in Port - Six Months

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Tricolor snowman, shop window, via Ricasoli, LivornoA tricolor snowman in a shop window in via Ricasoli. Happy New Year to everybody!