Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Botti

Our wine barrels, here called “bótti”, are often used now to attract attention to a restaurant or a bar, like this one in “Piazza Mazzini”.With some flowers on top outside a restaurant in the lovely named “Via della Rondinella” (Little Swallow Street).Sometimes they are used as tables, like these ones just outside the “Porto Mediceo”.

23 comments:

Jacob said...

There's something about wine barrels...I find them quite attractive, and especially like the way they are used as tables!

James said...

Roll out the barrel! I agree with Jacob. I've always liked barrels. These are really nice looking ones.

Luis Gomez said...

I would love to have one of these at my place! Really nice.

tapirgal said...

All that wood is really attractive. I like barrels, too, and the woodend stand it sits on. The additional colors in the first photo are just great. I'm surprised nobody steals it.

Per Stromsjo said...

That's a good point. Is the barrel brought indoors overnight to keep it from being stolen?

Small City Scenes said...

Wine barrels, eh. We have similar barrels here called Whiskey barrels and we sold them at the garden store for planters. When they first came in and we uncrated them they smelled just like whiskey. I do like that little stand. MB

lodolite said...

il passato che rivive è sempre una sensazione rassicurante.
ciao simona

joo said...

Wine barrels are special even used as tables or decorations. Personally I like them most full of nice wine:)

matteogiunti said...

Mr. Steinmeyer from Germany, born in Livorno, just sent me an interesting picture of barrels in the harbour of Livorno in 1938. At that time barrels were also used to transport cedars from Calabria that were then reworked to obtain candied cedars and resent to North Europe.

Kaori said...

VP, I like your Bottie series! Especially the second photo with the flowers :-)

brattcat said...

There is something so satisfying about wood bent into this functional object. And the older they get the more beautiful they become, as if the experience of utility has filled them with grace.

Gunn said...

I love your second photo!
It is simple and has STYLE.
I hope you have good time in ROME!

B SQUARED said...

Rumor has it, they are sometimes used to hold wine.

Halcyon said...

Around here people cut them in half and use them for planters. I like the idea of making tables from them though!

Hilda said...

I wonder where I can get one of those here. I really like them.

Lois said...

They are quite beautiful! I wouldn't mind having one for my front porch.

cieldequimper said...

Let's face it, I prefer them with wine in them. But, pushed, I'd accept a table.

VP said...

@ Per - You can bet they put the botti inside for the night!

CafebyJW said...

Creative use.

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Steffe said...

Good to see that you can use the barrels for different things. I kinda like the table version.

Wolynski said...

If they're in the street, does it mean they're not being used anymore? Or are they really old ones? Love the middle photo.

Dina said...

Beautiful barrels and so many re-uses for them.

JM said...

Is that a 'twisting' ashtray in the middle pic? It's so cool! Nice bótti (barril, pl. barris) collection.