Saturday, December 31, 2011


Dopey, Sneezy, Bashful, Sleepy, Happy, Grumpy and Doc, the seven dwarfs of Snow White, LivornoDopey, Sneezy, Bashful, Sleepy, Happy, Grumpy and Doc got some fancy clothes for the new year.

Friday, December 30, 2011

B Like Borgo

Ox head outside a butcher shop, piazza Mazzini, LivornoAn ox head outside a butcher shop in “Piazza Mazzini”. Well before the “A” for Attias, we already had a “B” for “Borgo”, a consortium of business activities in and around “Borgo dei Cappuccini”.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Soap Sweet Soap

Soap Sweet Soap, via Goldoni, Livorno“Soap Sweet Soap” is a shop in “Via Goldoni” where you can carry your recycled containers and refill them with different soaps, shampoos and detergents.

See also: Soap Sweet Soap (in Italian)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

More Bicycle Art

Bicycle with an umbrella and a flat tire, LivornoChained bicycle with an open umbrella on the handlebars and a flat tire.

Search labels: bicycle art
External links: Bicycle Art

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Left Behind

Santa bear, shop window, via Goldoni, LivornoWith so many Santas around these days it is inevitable that some of them, after Christmas, are left behind in shops, public spaces or even hanging in awkward poses out of windows.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

White Christmas

White Santa, via Magenta, LivornoA quite elegant Santa in a shop window in “Via Magenta”. Merry Christmas to everyone!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Big Red A

Benches, big red A by Renato Spagnoli, piazza Attias, LivornoThe new “Piazza Attias” with sparse benches and a big red “A”: the last one left of Italy's credit rating or memories of a lost “Serie A” (First Division) for the local football team?

See also: Piazza Attias - The New Attias - The Red Tower - Lungomare di Antignano - Steamhip in Port - Six Months

Friday, December 23, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Buone feste, Livorno! on a red bus, piazza Cavour, Livorno“Happy Holidays, Livorno!” on a red bus in “Piazza Cavour”.
Christmas tree, Piazza Grande, Livorno
A Christmas tree in Piazza Grande.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Three Years of PowerShots

My Canon PowerShot SX20 IS, LivornoExactly three years ago we posted our first photo of Livorno on this blog. On our third anniversary it is time to honor our modest tools: I took most of these pictures with the camera above, a Canon PowerShot SX20 IS, which I have been using since December 2009.
My Canon PowerShot SX3 IS, LivornoTrillian's Canon PowerShot SX5 IS, Paris
On the left a slightly younger me is sitting near a bollard in the “Porto Mediceo”, holding my older camera, a PowerShot SX3. On the right Trillian is posing at La Défense with another PowerShot, her SX5.
On the occasion we would also like to thank and salute all our friends, followers and fellow bloggers for their support: may you always find something interesting in these pages!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Two Towers

Tower outside the former Orlando Shipyard, Porta a Mare, LivornoAround the half of the 19th century this tower was part of a wall between the Lazaretto (quarantine station) of San Rocco and the “Nuova Porta a Mare” (New Gate to the Sea). Now it stands alone, just outside the former Orlando Shipyard, awaiting an inclusion of sort in the new residential area already in construction where once the workshops were.Livorno, view from the top of the lighthouse, by Alfred GuesdonIn this detail of a view of Livorno from L'Italie à vol d'Oiseau (A bird's eye view of Italy) by Alfred Guesdon (circa 1850) you can easily spot the rounded shape of the tower between the two bridges, in the lower right part of the lithography.Tower outside the Benetti Shipyard, boundary of the Porto Mediceo, LivornoIn the lower left part of the same image you can find this square tower when it was still facing the sea. The structure is now firmly inland, just outside the Benetti Yachts shipyard.V. Stanghi, Map of the city of Livorno circa 1860A detail of the same area from a map of Livorno published in Rome around 1860.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

My Sisa

Benetti Vision My Sisa, LivornoThe 45-meter (145-foot) Benetti Vision “My Sisa” is not worried by the condition of the sea...

Friday, December 16, 2011

Piazza Luigi Orlando

Piazza Luigi Orlando, the restaurant La Parmigiana, Livorno“Piazza Luigi Orlando” with the restaurant “La Parmigiana” in background.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

San Benedetto Bridge

San Benedetto bridge, Fosso Reale, LivornoThe arch of the San Benedetto bridge framing a reflection of the houses facing the “Fosso Reale”.

See also: No-Name Bridge

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Liburna galley on a crest, LivornoYou can see this shield on the corner of “Via dell’Angiolo” and “Via delle Galere”. It is on the building of the “KinoDessé” movie theater and represents a stylized Liburna, a small galley, used as a symbol by our Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011


Horseshoe, ribbons, bells, hot peppers and ladybug, LivornoI saw this horseshoe in “Via Ricasoli”: it has probably something to do with the Holidays and good luck, but it is hard to decipher completely...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Caged Emperor

Statue of Pietro Leopoldo by Andrea Pelliccia, San Jacopo in Acquaviva, LivornoPietro Leopoldo was Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1765 to 1790 and then Holy Roman Emperor from 1790 to 1792. His monument, a work of the sculptor Andrea Pelliccia, is caged by wire mesh on the left of the church of San Jacopo in Acquaviva. It is easy to guess what is he thinking...

See also: What Statues Think - What Leopold Is Thinking - What Time Is It? - Sad Nereid - Guerrino of Montenero - Fisherman's Thought - Horseback Thinking - Garibaldi's Doubt - A Ticket Too Much

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dar Piulle

Sign, dar Piulle, via dell'Angiolo, LivornoThe curious and really basic sign of “dar Piulle”, a cozy small restaurant in “Via dell'Angiolo”.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Modern Alley

New buildings between via Marradi and via Roma, LivornoNew buildings between “Via Marradi” and “Via Roma”: alleys aren't what they used to be anymore...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Pastel Colors

Pastel colored buildings reflected in water, Scali delle Cantine, LivornoOn the eastern side of the “Fortezza Nuova”, facing “Scali delle Cantine”, the “Fosso Reale” (Royal Moat) widens to a basin.

See also: Fortezza Nuova - Scali delle Cantine - Reflected

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

In the Wind

Tricolor windmill toy spinning in the wind, LivornoA tricolor windmill toy is spinning wildly in a capricious wind...

Friday, November 25, 2011

Wooden Turtle

Wooden turtle, Sunday market, LivornoA huge wooden turtle in “Piazza XX Settembre”: you can have it for € 98.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

San Marco Pontino

Red and yellow boat of San Marco Pontino, scali delle Cantine, LivornoA four rowers boat, called “gozzetta”, with the colors of the “San Marco Pontino”, has been hauled out of water at the quarter's “cantina”.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Via del Giglio

The sky seen through a gate,  via del Giglio, LivornoThe sky seen through a gate, from “Via del Giglio” (Lily Street).

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Corner Building

Corner building in via Indipendenza reflected in the Fosso Reale, LivornoCorner building in “Via Indipendenza” reflected in the water of the “Fosso Reale”.

See also: One Hundred Years

Monday, November 21, 2011

Hot Peppers

Hot peppers from Sicily, food fair, piazza XX Settembre, LivornoAgain at the food fair in “Piazza XX settembre”: some hot peppers from Sicily ...Hot peppers from Calabria, food fair, piazza XX Settembre, Livorno... and some more from Calabria.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Frog Princes

Three frog princes in a shop window, LivornoThree frog princes are patiently waiting for a kiss in a shop window.