Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ice Rink

An ice rink is being built in “Piazza della Repubblica”, under the attentive eye of Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany.The 600 square meters (20x30 meters) covered ice arena will be open since November 21 until February 7 of the next year.This is a recent tradition for the holiday season in Livorno, but after few years it is already quite popular.

22 comments:

Tinsie said...

Our ice rinks will be up soon, too. Wish I could skate!

Stine in Ontario said...

Will you be putting on a pair of skates at the rink? As you would expect, skating is very popular in Canada.

Clueless in Boston said...

Good skating next year. I didn't know it got cold enough in Livorno for ice skating.

tapirgal said...

Does the Grand Duke have a reputation for good management? I hope so. I also hope you'll show us some pics of the scaters later in the season . . . maybe from the center of the rink?

Hilda said...

That sounds like so much fun! I've never tried ice skating at all, despite the availability of rinks here. Have you tried it?

Jacob said...

That's wonderful. We had one in Ocala for a couple of years and then the sponsors lost their space and it's gone now. Too bad. These are very popular and a lot of fun for the kids especially.

Leif Hagen said...

Do you have ice skates, Mr. Livorno?! We go ice skating as a family here in Eagan.

nadine1111 said...

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Unseen Rajasthan said...

BEautiful postt !! Loved the shots !!

Andreea said...

Two years ago I drove from Amsterdam to Bucharest, a road trip that lasted two weeks with frequent stops on the way. In every big city I've stopped there was an ice rink so I think this tradition has spread all over Europe. We had quite a few in Bucharest last year. It's a nice winter sport and very healthy entertainment :)

Cezar and Léia said...

It's amazing and new for us!
I would love to try ice skating once in my life!
Léia

Halcyon said...

I love outdoor skating! Unfortunately my husband does not. :(

cieldequimper said...

Dost thou skate?
These outdoor rinks are quite popular in western France too. They tried to import the Christmas markets but were no good at it, so they chose the rinks. I think it's a good idea, it's fun for kids and adults alike... when thou skatest.

Asta said...

Hi there,

I don't skate anylonger. Used to in my younger age, and it was great fun!
I think it's such a good idea.

Best regards
Asta

In Three Rivers, Michigan said...

Ice! Does it get that cold in Livorno, or will it be enclosed? I grew up in California, so I never learned to skate. There were indoor ice rinks, though nothing this grand!

Per Stromsjo said...

Not every ice rink has a Grand Duke overlooking its inception.

Wolynski said...

What a great idea. I hope you come back when it's open. Love the contrast of the old buildings with this new fangled thing.

White Oleander said...

Do people play hockey there?

Vogon Poet said...

@ tapirgal - Not really, his first statue was pulled down by his angry subjects!It is the damaged one that now stands in Piazza XX Settembre. The statue was replaced by a new one.
@ Per - Actually TWO Grand Dukes, there is another one at the other end of the square!

Vogon Poet said...

@ ciel - I can't skate to save my life!
@ White Oleander - No, they skate for fun and I think there are lessons for kids.

Per Stromsjo said...

Ah yes, that second Grand Duke!

Well, in that case I might almost consider trying my skates. Naww - better not...

Ellie Vellie said...

I never learned how to skate although I lived 4 years in Northern Russia, always envied my sister who was really good on skates.