Saturday, January 23, 2010

Funicolare

Funicolare, Montenero, LivornoFrom “Piazza delle Carrozze” (Carriages Square) the “funicolare” (funicular) carries you almost at the top of the hill of Montenero, where you can visit the Sanctuary of “Santa Maria delle Grazie” or simply enjoy the beautiful view from the panoramic terrace.Funicolare, Montenero, LivornoThe service of the “Funicolare di Montenero” started in 1908, but it has been renewed a few times since then.Funicolare, Montenero, LivornoThe funicular is now powered by a battery of solar panels.

See also: Montenero - Sanctuary of Montenero - Villa Azzurra - Sagrato - Famedio - Piazza del Santuario

21 comments:

Virginia said...

I was so very grateful for the funicular in Paris at the Sacre Coeur!! Those steps up are tough. Great photos here!
V

Steffe said...

Solar powered, that's not a bad idea.

Jacob said...

How nice is that? I don't like heights, but I could probably be enticed to take that trip!

The solar panels are a wonderful idea, too.

I'm sure you ridden the funicular many times, right?

tapirgal said...

The structure in the first photo reminds me of the shape of the villas just a bit. It somehow looks Swiss in this incarnation.

Luis Gomez said...

Old and very modern at the same time. Nice shots.

joo said...

Looks similar to the one in Prague. I like the building with the clok in the first photo.

Saretta said...

Funicoli, funicolà!

Cezar and Léia said...

A funicular with solar energy, that's a great message!
I'd like to go up there...
God bless you!
Cezar

Gunn said...

Well, that was something new and interesting about your place. And I am impressed about the fact that is it powered by battery of solar panels.

Ilse said...

Solar panels alone? This is fantastic! And the middle photo is very attractive, I like the geometic shapes making an abstract design.

cieldequimper said...

It looks a bit like a cross between a church and a railway station. I would love to use it, it looks so wonderfully old-fashioned!

Stine in Ontario said...

I'm impressed by the use of solar power. Bravo!

Hilda said...

A big boon for those who wish to go up the hill and how wonderful that it's solar-powered! I've only heard of one funicular here in the Philippines so far.

I wish solar panels weren't so expensive so we could use it more. I like green vehicles too and we're trying out a few in the university. But people have to learn how to slow down again — I notice that they're not as fast as gasoline-powered vehicles. Though that's not such a bad thing.

JM said...

A solar powered funicular! That's great!

Dina said...

What a surprise ending for this post! Solar power for the old funicular.
I loved riding those things in Switzerland.

Kaori said...

Solar panels! I see them everywhere now. Very eco friendly :D

Andreea said...

How about that! Livorno's full of surprises :) I like using funicolari when I travel, they're a good relief for the poor's traveler feet.

amatamari© said...

This just did not know!
Livorno has many pleasant surprises!
:-)

VP said...

I have read that the excess power these solar panels generate goes straight in the grid.

VP said...

@ ciel - The other station is even more funny, but I haven't a good picture of it.

brattcat said...

What a brilliant solution to the challenge of climbing steep hills.