Friday, July 31, 2015

Effetto Venezia 2015

Effetto Venezia, Livorno
My affection for “Effetto Venezia” is decisively scarce, but I always go around there to take some photos.
Effetto Venezia, Livorno
Effetto Venezia, Livorno
Venezia is a quarter of Livorno: I usually roam its streets before dark, trying to avoid the worst of the crowd.
Effetto Venezia, Livorno
It is always funny to find some attractions still ‘unattended’...

Luminarium Miracoco - Playing for Change 2015 - Mangiafuoco - Hearts and Tops

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Seven Years After

Villa Regina park, Borgo dei cappuccini, Livorno
The first time I visited the park of Villa Regina was in the summer of 2009 and I wrote my impressions in this post. I didn't feel the urgency of coming back to the place for the best part of seven years, but a few days ago, passing by, I managed to take this shot of the entrance boulevard. Maybe one day I will summon the courage to re-visit the rest...

See also: Villa Regina

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Al Farahidi

Container ship Al Farahidi, IMO 9149756, port of Livorno
The 276-meter container ship “Al Farahidi” of the United Arab Shipping Company, leaving the port of Livorno.
Container ship Al Farahidi, IMO 9149756, port of Livorno
Container ship Al Farahidi, IMO 9149756, port of Livorno
The “Al Farahidi” was built in 1998 by the Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd, in Japan. The last shot, with the tug “Alessandro Neri”, was taken under the rain. (Photos taken last June)

External links: United Arab Shipping Company (Wikipedia)
See also: Alessandro Neri
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Barrel Jellyfish

Barrel jellyfish, Livorno
Maurizio is our usual reporter from the sea, but his daughter Veronica keeps stealing the show with this underwater photo of a barrel jellyfish. We have already seen her at work last Sunday with this photo.

See also: The Castle's Jetty - Walk... on Water - Coppa Risi'atori 2015 - Molo Novo
External links: Rhizostoma pulmo (Wikipedia)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Almost Finished

New building, Scoglio della Regina, Livorno
The new building and the rest of the complex at the “Scoglio della Regina” (Queen's Rock) are almost finished: the piazza has already a few benches, but the mysterious statue is still completely wrapped.
New building, Scoglio della Regina, Livorno
New building, Scoglio della Regina, Livorno
The pattern of the paving is eye-catching and almost hypnotic. On a side there is also a small jetty.
Industrial shed, Porta a Mare, Livorno
Sadly, the nearby Big Blue Shed is getting bluer and more conspicuous by the day...

See also: A “Horror” Revisited - A New Sculpture - The Big Blue Shed

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Castle's Jetty

This is the first part of a series of posts about our coast seen from the sea. The authors of the photos are our friend Maurizio and his daughter Veronica.
Castel Sonnino, Livorno
The jetty on the south side of Castel Sonnino (Sonnino Castle) is quite popular in summer. [Photo by Veronica]
Castel Sonnino, Livorno
With its 91 meter above sea level the promontory of Castel Sonnino is the highest point of our coast.
[Photo by Maurizio]

See also: Castello del Boccale - Torre di Calafuria - Calignaia - Castel Sonnino - Green Lizard's Bay - Walk... on Water

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Four Moors Roundabout

Four Moors, Quattro Mori, Livorno
Livorno has already an inordinate amount of roundabouts, but they are building a new one just next to the Four Moors. It is almost a good thing that they did not build the thing around the monument...

See also: Four Moors - Four Noses - Morgiano & Alì - Culture & Sculpture - Livorno in the Future - Ferdinando's Scroll - The Cage - Out of the Cage - “Talking” Statues
External links: Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany - Order of Saint Stephen (Wikipedia)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Chico Mendes

Chico Mendes quote, Via Oberdan, Livorno
O legado “A floresta nos une diante do perigo comum, nos faz mais fraternos. É por isso que meu trabalho em defesa da Amazônia não pode parar”, Chico Mendes. (The legacy: “The forest unites us in front of the common threat, makes us more fraternal. That is why my work in defense of the Amazon can not stop”, Chico Mendes).
Coat of arms of Acre, Via Oberdan, Livorno
This portrait and this quote of Chico Mendes are on a shutter in Via Oberdan. On the next shutter I saw the coat of arms of the Republic of Acre with its motto: “Nec luceo pluribus impar” (I am not shining less than many).

External links: Chico Mendes - Republic of Acre (Wikipedia)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

July 19th

Ceremony, bas-relief to the Partisan, Livorno
On July 19th 1944 the Allied troops, with the help of local partisans, freed the city of Livorno. Every year a ceremony takes place at the “Bassorilievo al Partigiano” (Bas-relief to the Partisan) commemorating the event and the many Livornesi fallen in the Resistance.

External links: Italian resistance movement (Wikipedia)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

MS Riviera

Cruise ship Riviera, IMO 9438078, port of Livorno
The 239-meter cruise ship “Riviera” was built by the Fincantieri shipyard in Sestri Ponente and launched in 2011.
Cruise ship Riviera, IMO 9438078, port of Livorno
She carries 1,250 passengers and has a crew of 800.

See also: Pilots at Work
External links: MS Riviera - Fincantieri (Wikipedia)
- Fincantieri Moves Cruise Ship RIVIERA to Fitting-Out Berth for Finishing Touches (
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted flycatcher, via Roma, Livorno
I saw this tiny bird on a tree between Via Roma and Viale della Libertà. I was able to identify it as a “pigliamosche” (flycatcher) only with the help of my friend Stefano and his friend Gabriele.

External links: Spotted flycatcher (Wikipedia)
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Piazza dei Mille

Piazza dei Mille, Livorno
Piazza dei Mille and Via de Larderel, seen from Piazza della Repubblica.
Old postcard, Piazza dei Mille, Livorno
Almost the same view in a 1910 postcard.
(Postcard digitized from the collection of Antonio Cantelli)

See also: Via De-Lardarelli - Piazza della Repubblica
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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Two Churches

Church of San Ferdinando, Luogo Pio, Livorno
In Piazza del Luogo Pio the deconsecrated church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and of St. Joseph is now being transformed in a museum, and faces the still active and historical church of San Ferdinando.

See also: Luogo Pio - San Ferdinando - Inside San Ferdinando - Deconsecrated Church - From Church to Church

Friday, July 17, 2015

Baggage Handling

Training ship Palinuro, Livorno
Handling baggage under the sail ship “Palinuro”, leaving in two days for a training cruise in the Mediterranean.
Training ship Palinuro, Livorno
Palinuro, Livorno
Rows of neatly arranged bags, ready to be loaded on board. Two cadets of the Ukrainian Navy.

External links: Palinuro (A 5311) - Italian Naval Academy - (Wikipedia)
See also: Palinuro - Faventibus Ventis - Palinuro and Vespucci - Tall Ships Walk - Palinuro (A 5311)
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Via III Novembre

Corner of Via Grande and Via III Novembre, Livorno
The corner of Via Grande and Via III Novembre, on a rainy day. Thanks for the porticoes... (Photo taken last June)

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Palinuro (A 5311)

School ship Palinuro, Livorno
With the “Amerigo Vespucci” still in the Navy yard of La Spezia for extraordinary maintenance, it will be the school ship “Palinuro” to carry the first-year cadets of the Naval Academy in their summer training cruise.
School ship Palinuro, Livorno
School ship Palinuro, Livorno
Palinurus, a figure from the Roman mythology, was the helmsman of one of the ships of Aeneas.

External links: Amerigo Vespucci - Palinuro (A 5311) - Italian Naval Academy - Palinurus (Wikipedia)
See also: Palinuro - Faventibus Ventis - Palinuro and Vespucci - Tall Ships Walk
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Magnolia flowers under the rain, Livorno
Magnolia flowers under the spring rain. (Photo taken last June)

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Big Blue Shed

Industrial shed, Porta a Mare, Livorno
There was a lot of noise about what I called a horror in plain view, well before my post and even after I recanted my opinion of it. The same had already happened about the new parking at the site of the Cinema Odeon, which I still do not like.
Industrial shed, Porta a Mare, Livorno
The construction of this new huge structure on our seafront, not far from the one mentioned above, has been met by a deafening silence.

See also: A “Horror” Revisited - A Horror in Plain View - Cinema Odeon

Sunday, July 12, 2015

La Pinetina

Pine grove, Viale della Libertà, Livorno
“La pinetina”, literally the small pine grove, lies between Viale della Libertà and Viale Boccaccio.
Pine grove, Viale della Libertà, Livorno
Sax player, pine grove, Viale della Libertà, Livorno
One side is closed by an oleander hedge, a bike lane lines the other side. Last Sunday a sax player was playing in the shadow near the hedge.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Water Ambulance

Water ambulance, port of Livorno
The water ambulance of the “Società Volontaria di Soccorso” (Voluntary Aid Society) inside the Porto Mediceo.

By the way, yesterday's artwork was made with hard disk magnets and their holders.

External links: Water ambulance (Wikipedia) - Bagnante cade sugli scogli e si ferisce (Il Tirreno, in Italian)
See also: Veterinary Ambulance

Friday, July 10, 2015

Assemblage Magnétique

Assemblage Magnétique, Magnetic Assemblage, Livorno
We see around many things called sculptures, some good, others funny, but many of them have nothing to do with Bernini o Rodin. In the spirit that (almost) everybody can do it, I am publishing a photo of my first ‘sculpture’. This work is obviously titled in French: “Assemblage Magnétique” (Magnetic Assemblage).

There is a special ‘bravo’ for who is going to identify the kind of recycled stuff used for this ‘artwork’. (It was made with hard disk magnets and their holders)

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Weeds and Phones

Phone booths and weeds, Piazza dell'Arsenale, Livorno
Piazza dell'Arsenale: a couple of phone booths riddled with weeds. (Photo taken last June)

See also: Phone Booth - Weeds - Weeds 2
Ricerca etichette: degrado

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Bruno Gregoretti

Museum ship Bruno Gregoretti, Andana degli Anelli, port of Livorno
The “Bruno Gregoretti” (CP 312) has been a Coast Guard cutter for almost thirty years. Dismissed in 2008, the boat was recently restored and it is now moored at the Andana degli Anelli, inside the Porto Mediceo, as a museum ship.
Museum ship Bruno Gregoretti, Andana degli Anelli, port of Livorno
She was originally built in Germany as a 23-meter ‘Seenotrettungskreuzer’ (rescue boat), and the refurbished cruiser bears her original and quite unusual livery.

External links: Seenotrettungskreuzer (Wikipedia, in German)
- Gregoretti, il mito torna a splendere (Il Tirreno, in Italian)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Italian Wall Lizard

Italian wall lizard, porto di Livorno
I was waiting for a container ship to pass, when I saw this lizard darting from a rock to a wall...

External links: Italian wall lizard (Wikipedia)

Monday, July 6, 2015

Boring Venezia

Boat of the Venezia in tow, port of Livorno
The boat of the “Venezia” comes back in tow after a training session.
Boat of the Venezia in tow, port of Livorno
Boat of the Venezia in tow, port of Livorno
Yesterday they won the most important race of the rowing season, the “Palio Marinaro”.

See also: Palio Marinaro - Palio Marinaro 2011 - Palio Marinaro 2012 - Palio Marinaro 2014
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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Piazza del Cisternone

The church of Sant'Andrea, Livorno
The church of Sant'Andrea (Saint Andrew) in a photo taken last June.
Old postcard of the church of Sant'Andrea, Livorno
The same church in a 1907 postcard.
(Postcard digitized from the collection of Antonio Cantelli)

See also: Sant'Andrea - Sant'Andrea's Bell Tower - Cisternone
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