Thursday, April 8, 2010

Piazza Cavour

Piazza Cavour, Livorno“Piazza Cavour” was built in the first half of the 18th Century just where there was the southern entrance to the walled Buontalenti's Pentagon: the “Porta del Casone” (Big House Gate). Part of the square is still on a bridge over the“Fosso Reale”, the rest is one of the first developments of the the “Città Leopolda”, just outside the old city walls.Piazza Cavour, LivornoThe bridge and the square seen from east. A detailed view of the building on the other side is shown in the post One Hundred Years.Piazza Cavour, LivornoThe same bridge seen from the west, this branch of the canal runs toward the “Porto Mediceo” and the sea. The main part of the square, with the statue of Cavour, is on the right.Piazza Cavour, LivornoI only have a rainy recent version on file, but we'll see better this part of the square in another post.

See also: One Hundred Years - Cavour - Night

15 comments:

brattcat said...

Those gated ramps down to the water are so intriguing.

Luis Gomez said...

Lovely Piazza. I always liked the name Cavour.

Jacob said...

Your photos give the impression that the buildings are in great shape for being so old. I suppose they have undergone some renovation through the years. But it's a beautiful square and the canal has a glory all its own. A grand place to walk and drink in the history! Or maybe just drink? ;-)

Halcyon said...

I always like your bridge shots, especially when there's a reflection!

J Bar said...

Beauty at every turn.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

joo said...

I love bridges - they always make city prettier. I also like the Piazza, looks neat:)

Jacob said...

Greetings, my friend. This is to respond to your question re Verbena...Verbena is the name of her shop - the best I can figure it refers to a certain kind of flower - with a nice scent.

Kaori said...

Love how you still have a city wall there! Hope to see more of the Porta del Casone :)

Saretta said...

Cavour looks rather dour up there on his pedestal!

VP said...

@ Kaori - Almost all of the ancient walls were torn down in the 1830s, when new walls, not defensive but for purpose of taxing goods, were built around a larger perimeter.
The Casone Gate is now long gone and was more or less where you see the square in the first picture.

Steffe said...

Great to see all those boats.I really like the second photo.

cieldequimper said...

I was beginning to wonder if you had Cavour as well as Garibaldi. I love the first shot, so deserted. Easter Monday lunchtime?

Per Stromsjo said...

I'm not going to suggest going for a swim but what would be a reasonable water temperature at this time of year?

VP said...

@ ciel - Even better: Easter lunchtime!

@ Per - I'm not sure, but in a normal year many people would have already had their first swim in this time of the year.
Some are already sunbathing here and there, along the coast. A few swim year-round.

JM said...

It may be a rainy version but it shows the most impressive buildings in my opinion.