Friday, February 18, 2011

Voltone

Piazza della Repubblica, LivornoA view of “Piazza della Repubblica” from the “Scali Bettarini”: in foreground our “sailing gozzo”.Piazza della Repubblica, old postcard, LivornoThe square a century ago, when it was “Piazza Carlo Alberto”.Piazza della Repubblica, Livorno“Il Voltone” (the big vault) was once the popular name of “Piazza della Repubblica”. Beyond the two hundred meter tunnel you can see the “Fortezza Nuova”, on the other side of the square.

See also: Piazza della Repubblica - Fortezza Nuova

19 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

These are excellent VP. It is great to see the old image.

Theanne and Baron said...

I like the contrast between a century ago and today! Lots of boats today and only one small boat a century ago. The building look very much the same on the outside (probably not on the inside)! And the piazza very much the same! At least it hasn't been torn down to put up a high rise which what so many developers in the USA want to do! I believe in Italy there is more respect for age and tradition!

Farmchick said...

The contrast of time is wonderful.

Leif Hagen said...

Can we go for a boat ride?

Randy said...

I agree with Farmchick and Luis, however like it in the old days without all the boats.

J Bar said...

Fantastic bridge. Great shots.
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Jack said...

This is a good history lesson, showing us the current scene and an identical scene from one hundred years earlier. Not much has changed except more boats today. Livorno is pretty.

Small City Scenes said...

Amazing! Almost identical. The 'big vault' indeed. thanks for the comparison. MB

cieldequimper said...

No change from b&w to colour.

Your 200 m shot is brilliant.

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting seeing the two views.The modern time adds several boats in the scenery, but both are magnificent pictures!
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Léia

Traveling Hawk said...

It's very similar with a canal I've seen in Trieste.

The zone is not much changed these days in comparison with the old photo, only the boats are different :)

Kate said...

I always love it when bloggers offer contrasts of the same or similar scenes. A little history lesson along with it is always appreciated, too. I agree with all of the forementioned comments about the contrast between yesterday and today.

brattcat said...

You are so good at composing these historical reflections.

EG Wow said...

I'm amazed to see how little it has changed! I think that's GREAT!

JM said...

Not much has changed and that is really cool!

Fotografia Digital said...

Very wonderful images!!!

Halcyon said...

Excellent shots. I like the way the bridge underpass makes a frame on the last one.

Dina said...

That's a long and low tunnel to sail through.

Francisca said...

I join the chorus: super then and now shots, VP!