Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Acquario di Livorno

Aquarium of LivornoThis is not a Supermax by the sea, but the new “Diacinto Cestoni” Municipal Aquarium. Our first sea aquarium opened in the 1930s, but it was soon destroyed by the war. Rebuilt in the 1960s, it was brought to an inglorious end in the 1990s by the sudden death of all the fishes.Aquarium of LivornoAfter almost ten years of works, an opening ceremony took place last July, in an obviously unfinished structure with several empty tanks. Some more fishes and a few sharks have arrived since then.Aquarium of LivornoThis still unfinished and already rusty wonder is now open to the general public only during weekends. The price of the ticket has dropped from 15 to 12 Euro, but almost everybody can easily get the reduced rate of 10 Euro.

See also: Acquario di Livorno (Official Site, in Italian)

18 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Looks like a nice place VP. I like your pictures.

Birdman said...

Anyone for checkers?

Farmchick said...

It actually looks like a very interesting structure. Too bad it isn't going over very well.

Bob Crowe said...

That top photo has wonderful composition and balance. It has four striking visual zones that make quite a rhythm.

ρομπερτ said...

One can only hope that time will allow and help to keep it and its content alive.

Please have a good Tuesday you all.

daily athens

Jack said...

I like the top photo best. The checkerboard pattern leading up to the building emphasizes the space and distance.

Randy said...

That would be something to see. I hope it goes better for them the second time around.

Traveling Hawk said...

Interesting! May be you take some photos inside?

Dina said...

I'd love to spend some hours inside it.
Did they ever find out what caused the sudden death of all the fish? That day must have been so sad for their caretakers.
If this aquarium were here in the Middle East, some would probably say the building is cursed. (God forbid.)

brattcat said...

I hope it will become a hip place to go and that's its future is bright.

Jack said...

VP, if you would like to include my photo on your bench blog, I would be honored.

Cezar and Léia said...

Unfinished and already rusty? Oh well, I hope it will be well taken care of! Aquariums are always so interesting!
God bless you!
Cezar

EG Wow said...

Oh dear! What happened that all the fish died? I hope they have solved the problem!

Francisca said...

What an emotional post! First I get dizzy with the first shot... wow... then I turn perplexed at what could kill an entire aquarium of sea life! Interesting sky in your last photo, VP.

mammadeglialieni said...

io non riesco a capire perchè noi livornesi siamo così bravi a trascurare e rovinare tutto...

Kaori said...

I'm curious how all the fish died! I love acquariums...especially the jelly fish corner :-D

Halcyon said...

Looks like it will be a nice place when finished.

I wish you and Trillian a joyful 2011 filled with love and good health. :)

JM said...

Now that's a place I would not miss.