Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sad Preview

Dutch Church, scali degli Olandesi, LivornoA few days ago, with our friend Stefano, the one of the Facebook page, and thanks to the helpfulness of Ennio Weatherford, vice president of the congregation, we were able to get inside the Dutch Church on the “Scali degli Olandesi”.
We are showing you olnly a preview because most of the images shot will be used for a coming conference on the church. Sadly the broken glasses transformed the temple in a giant pigeon house.Dutch Church, scali degli Olandesi, LivornoThe slightly ajar main door is an unusual sight.Dutch Church, scali degli Olandesi, LivornoOn a side of the entrance we can see this memorial plaque.Dutch Church, scali degli Olandesi, LivornoThe stairs leading to the upper floor are full of debries and guano.

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See also: Abandoned Church - Scali degli Olandesi - Chiesa degli Olandesi - A lecture - Finale - A Ray of Hope - Falling to Pieces - Flying Rats - Another Collapse - Fenced Off - Piazza Poerio - The Places I Love - A Few More Votes - Rose Window - Second Place?
External links: Temple of the Dutch German Congregation (Wikipedia)
Facebook Group: “Salviamo la chiesa degli Olandesi a Livorno” (Save the Dutch church in Livorno)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Before & After

Fishing boats, Pamiglione, LivornoHow the moored fishing boats took their power a few months ago.Fishing boats, Pamiglione, LivornoThis is where they can put the plug now, since last August.Fishing boats, Pamiglione, LivornoNo more loose cables on the ground crossing the whole pier.

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Locomotive

I am glad to tell you that we have just escaped from the long series of posts about the Food Fair, for a walk toward “San Marco” gate.Locomotive FS 835.084, Livorno
Our first find is an old steam locomotive placed in the front yard of the “Micheli” elementary school, in “Piazza XI Maggio”.Orange tobacconist, LivornoA very orange tobacco shop in “Piazza della Repubblica”.Statue and clothesline, LivornoThis guy is probably looking at the clothesline.Leaning portable toilet, LivornoPortable toilets are compulsory at construction working sites, but this one in “Via Solferino” looks quite unstable and almost Pisan!Old bolts, Livorno“Scali del Vescovado”, old bolts on a side door.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Owls & Huskies

Colorful owls, food market, LivornoStill at the fair: a group of perplexed owls.Animal keyrings, food market, LivornoAssorted animals for some leather keyrings.
Fluffy huskies, food market, LivornoFluffy huskies watching a Finnish stall from above.

See also: Food Fair - Salami & Cheese - Sweets - Other Stuff

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Other Stuff

Small wooden scoops, food market, LivornoNot only food at the fair: small wooden scoops and much more.Funny clocks, food market, LivornoAn assortment of fancy clocks, doorstops (and cat tails).Olive wood chess boards, food market, LivornoHandmade olive wood chess boards.

See also: Food Fair - Salami & Cheese - Sweets - Owls & Huskies

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Arancini & cannoli, food fair, LivornoSicilian “arancini” and “cannoli” for everybody.Chocolate truffled cashew nuts, LivornoChocolate truffled cashew nuts and much more on the theme.Ape car loaded with licorice, LivornoA mini Ape car on licorice blocks and loaded with licorice sticks.British preserves, food fair, LivornoA parade of British preserves...Dutch butter cookies, food fair, Livorno... and Dutch butter cookies.

See also: Food Fair - Salami & Cheese - Other Stuff - Owls & Huskies

Monday, October 25, 2010

Salami & Cheese

Food fair, piazza XX Settembre, LivornoMost of you probably know that I am not a big fan of many events organized in town, but this fair is really something different: you can get lost in a sea of stalls vending delicious foods and drinks.
I sadly missed last year's edition, but this will never happen again!Food fair, piazza XX Settembre, LivornoWhere “capra” is goat...Food fair, piazza XX Settembre, Livorno... “tartufo” is truffle and “cinghiale” is wild boar.Food fair, piazza XX Settembre, LivornoFood fair, piazza XX Settembre, Livorno(To be continued...)

See also: Food Fair - Sweets - Other Stuff - Owls & Huskies

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Food Fair

Food fair, piazza XX Settembre, LivornoIn “Piazza XX Settembre”, the statue of Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, is seen through a giant pretzel. This weekend we have a food fair with specialties from Italy and abroad.Food fair, piazza XX Settembre, LivornoFood fair, piazza XX Settembre, LivornoFood fair, piazza XX Settembre, LivornoFood fair, piazza XX Settembre, Livorno(To be continued...)

See also: Salami & Cheese - Sweets - Other Stuff - Owls & Huskies

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Bowl of Hygieia

Bowl of Hygieia, via De Larderel, LivornoHere is the bowl of Hygieia, one of the symbols of pharmacy, on the corner of “Via De Larderel” and “Piazza dei Mille”, just outside a municipal pharmacy. Hygieia was the Greek goddess of health. Bowl of Hygieia, Via Gramsci, LivornoThe same symbol on the wall of our city hospital, in “Via Gramsci”.Bowl of Hygieia, via Grande, LivornoA simpler version of the bowl outside a pharmacy in “Via Grande”.
One more example, if you like, in an older post.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Factory

Ex-Pirelli factory, LivornoOne of the eyesores of Livorno, sitting just next to the “Parterre”, is the former Pirelli factory.Ex-Pirelli factory, LivornoWhile part of the compound, the administrative offices, are now used by several non-profit organizations, the once busy sheds were practically let to rot for years.Ex-Pirelli factory, LivornoPart of the L-shaped structure is used for some kind of storage, but the rest is almost crumbling.Ex-Pirelli factory, LivornoI heard that there is a project to transform this space in an archive or a library of sorts but, in the meantime, nature is taking over.

See also: Parterre - Ex-Pirelli

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Autumnal display, via Magenta, LivornoAn autumnal display in “Via Magenta”.Display window, via Magenta, LivornoSame street, fake flowers in a fine vase.Display window, via Grande, LivornoTwo spoons with a quite strange reflection, in “Via Grande”.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mercato del Pesce

Fish Market building, LivornoThe “Mercato del Pesce” (Fish Market) seen from the top of the “Mastio di Matilde”. In background the Venice quarter and, on the left, the “Ponte della Venezia”. In foreground the terrace we have seen in “Piazza dei grani” and the new “Santa Trinita” bridge.Fish Market building, LivornoThe market was built on a project by the architects Beata di Gaddo and Pietro Barucci, winners of a design contest organized in the late 1950s by our Municipality.Fish Market building, LivornoLooking like a pagoda and, as they say, inspired by the shape of a sail, it was built in the early 1960s using the b├ęton brut technique.
The building looks more like a tent to me, never had many fans in town and teaches us the wonders a good coat of paint can do.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Lantern of the dome, Santa Caterina church, LivornoThe lantern above the dome of the church of “Santa Caterina”.Street light, piazza della Vittoria, LivornoThe same lamp post seen in the End of May and Pirate's walks.Low-cost lamp post, LivornoA year after our post about Low-Cost Lamp Posts, most of these skinny lights are still around, here with some strange implements.Empty newspaper billboards, LivornoOne may wonder if no news is really good news...Blue scooter & pink scooterThe colors are right, the pose is perfect: these scooters are flirting.

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