Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Boulevard

Park of Villa Fabbricotti, Children's Library, Livorno
This tree-lined boulevard is one of the most suggestive views of the park of Villa Fabbricotti. On the right, the small building of the “Biblioteca dei Ragazzi” (Children's Library).

See also: Villa Fabbricotti - Biblioteca dei Ragazzi

Friday, May 29, 2015


Ferry Mega Smeralda, IMO 8306486, port of Livorno
The tourist boat “Libur” is quickly crossing the path of the 168-meter ferry “Mega Smeralda”, maneuvering in reverse towards her berth.

See also: Mega Smeralda - Mega Smeralda & Gaz Victory
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Balcony

Balcony, Via degli Archi, Livorno
This balcony in Via degli Archi desn't look so strong, even if probably it is...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Asuka II

Cruise ship Asuka II, IMO 8806204, port of Livorno
This 241-meter cruise ship was built in 1990 as “Crystal Harmony” by the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan. During her maiden voyage, the ship experienced a fire and drifted afloat for three days.
Cruise ship Asuka II, IMO 8806204, port of Livorno
Cruise ship Asuka II, IMO 8806204, port of Livorno
In 2006 the ship passed from Crystal Cruises to the Nippon Yusen Kaisha and underwent some renovations. She re-entered service as “Asuka II”.

External links: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries - MS Asuka II - Crystal Cruises - Nippon Yusen (Wikipedia)
Search labels: cruise ship

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Other Half

Piazza del Municipio, Livorno
Part of the square was refurbished five years ago, now is the other half of Piazza del Municipio which is changing face. This area, mostly a parking lot between Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall) and Palazzo Granducale, will become a “pedestrian zone” with some green, palm trees, and a lot of speeding bicycles.
Piazza del Municipio, Livorno
We are usually wary of new works: in fact they already stopped for a month because the planning was wrong...

See also: Work in Progress - Town Hall - Palazzo Granducale - Piazza del Municipio - Municipal Building - Town Hall Facade

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Castiglione della Pescaia

We are still in Tuscany, in the province of Grosseto, slightly more than 100 km south of Livorno. Castiglione della Pescaia is a small but very old sea town and its only link with our city is that in the 19th century it was called for a while la piccola Livorno (the Little Livorno).
Castiglione della Pescaia
Now it is very well known for the beauty of its beaches: from just below the old town castle up to Punta Ala, a few km up north and still part of Castiglione's municipality. On a more personal level, it seems that my family comes from here...
Lighthouse at the entrance of the marina, Castiglione della Pescaia
Monument to the fallen seamen, by Lorenzo dal Torrione, Castiglione della Pescaia
One of the two “lighthouses” at the entrance of the marina. Not far, the monument to the fallen seamen.

External links: Castiglione della Pescaia - Punta Ala (Wikipedia)