Thursday, May 13, 2010

Via Cairoli

Street plaques, piazza Cavour, via Cairoli, LivornoWe have seen in several posts the area around “Piazza Cavour”.
“Via Cairoli” joins “Piazza Cavour” with our other main square “Piazza Grande”, reaching the apse of the Cathedral where, before the last war, there was a beautiful fountain.Monumental fountain, via Cairoli, LivornoIt takes its name from the Cairoli brothers (Benedetto, Ernesto, Luigi, Enrico, Giovanni) who fought and fell in the wars for the Italian unification. Benedetto, the only surviving brother, became a respected politician and statesman.Via Cairoli, LivornoBefore 1784 the street was called “Via delle Quattro Cantonate degli Ebrei” (Street of the Four Corners of the Jews) because, at the time, most of the Jewish families lived in the area at the intersection with “Via del Tempio” (Temple Street), leading to the Old Synagogue. The above picture is taken just from that point, “Via del Tempio” is the street on the left, now leading to the new Synagogue, while in the middle we see the apse of our Cathedral.
Via Cairoli, LivornoFrom the apse of the Cathedral looking back to “Piazza Cavour”.

See also: Piazza Cavour - Duomo of Livorno - Synagogue of Livorno
External links: Jewish community of Livorno

21 comments:

Jacob said...

Well all that is very interesting. Do you know what happened to the Jews of Livorno during the War...were they saved or were they shipped off to the camps?

Another thing of interest is the lack of vehicles in these photos...did you take them early in the morning or late in the evening...where are all the people?

brattcat said...

I'm interested in the same questions Jacob asked.

Luis Gomez said...

Love these views VP. Really nice.

tapirgal said...

Another interesting post with nice photos. You have such artistic street signs. I also like looking both directions. I was thinking of doing that sometime, but maybe I got the idea from you in an earlier post and didn't know it.

Small City Scenes said...

super shots. I slao like the view from both ways. What a long and narrow street. So quiet too. MB

Dina said...

The link to your post of the new synagogue should not be missed! The new building modeled on the ancient Tabernacle--so unusual!
The photo of the destruction of the old synagogue is so sad.
And Rabbi Toaff is a son of Livorno, nice.

Glad they shortened the street name from “Via delle Quattro Cantonate degli Ebrei” LOL.
But oh, imagine one family losing so many brothers in war.

Thank you for these wonderful posts, VP.

VP said...

@ Jacob - I took the pictures in an early Sunday afternoon of bad weather.
There were a few thousands Jews in Livorno before the last war and about a hundred were deported by the Nazis and the Fascists. Only a few managed to survive the camps.
The Synagogue was destroyed by the Allies air raids.

cieldequimper said...

Classical (rainy) Italy. I love the way the buildings frame the cathedral, it's a shame the fountain wasn't rebuilt. I hope we never again see times where 4 brothers die in war. As for Jacob's question, God forbid anything like that ever happens again.

Nefertiti said...

des photos qui donnent vraiment envie de voyage ;O)

http://unephotounsouvenir.blogspot.com/

Jacob said...

Thanks, VP. I wonder how most of the Jews were spared. Did they hide out? Did they run somewhere?

B SQUARED said...

Wonderful view. Even the 'new' looks old.

Hilda said...

Very interesting information, but awful about the Jews again.

The last photo is my favorite — old downtown Manila looked like this. Some parts still do, but the buildings aren't maintained and the streets are polluted and crowded. It would be wonderful to get it looking like this again.

Halcyon said...

Nice views. That is a very nice fountain!

Jacob said...

Hi VP! Re your comment on Ocala DP today: Thanks! Heh, heh! I've been told that before, too. Can you imagine?

joo said...

Terrific photos VP. The fountain was really pretty, and I like the perspective in the last photo.

JM said...

Both perspectives are fantastic, VP!

Gunn said...

Interesting, and a nice place, but where are all the people?

marshall said...

Non conosco Livorno dal vivo; ma ha avuto ragione Mario Tobino nel dedicare la prefazione al Grande Libro della Toscana a "LIVORNO BELLA".
Se ne era proprio innamorato "alla grande", per com'era per lui così bella, prima dello scoppio della Seconda Guerra Mondiale. E per un viareggino, dedicare quella prefazione ad un'altra città toscana, che non era la sua, non dev'essere stato facile, ma tant'è se ne era proprio innamorato alla grande. Si era innamorato di quelle vie e piazze e fontane e monumenti che che descrivi e illustri nel post. E pensa che, come lui scrisse in quella introduzione, CONOSCEVA E SI ERA INNAMORATO DI OGNI SINGOLA PIETRA DI QUELLE STRADE DI LIVORNO.

Insomma, cos'avrebbe di così magico questa citta? Tanto che anche quel mio amico di blog, il livornese di Pisa, Marcello, me l'ha resa così attraente con i suoi post, già fin da quattro anni fa, quando ancora pensavo a Livorno come ad una mediocre cittadina assolutamente marginale?
Come tanti, sono amante del verde e dei viali alberati, ma davanti a quelle antiche strade, con costruzioni che sanno di antico e di storia, ne resto ammirato.

E' FORSE DA QUELLE PARTI IL CIVILI?Forse no, perchè avevi parlato del "rione" NUOVA VENEZIA. Ma chissa se in quelle strade che sanno di antico, si potrebbe ambientare quella storia legata alla nascita della rivista Il Caffè, degli Illuministi Lombardi, con quello sbarco avvenuto lì a Livorno?

Scusa la lungaggine.

James said...

Great shots and I really like the way the bottom one looks.

Kaori said...

I like your last photo looking down the street!

marshall said...

In Piazza Grande non c'era anche una statua del Fattori, in grandezza naturale, raffigurante il pittore uscito dal suo studio sulla piazza, per prendere una boccata d'aria?
Non ne ho trovata menzione nel blog.