Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Belforte Bookstore

Belforte bookshop, LivornoA few days ago, the well known “Belforte” bookshop moved from its historic premises in “Via Grande” to another location nearby, in “Via della Madonna”. Here are the decorated new shutters.Belforte bookshop plaque, LivornoEstabilished in 1805, Salomone Belforte & C. is also a publishing house. Their motto, “Et voluisse sat est”, comes from an elegy by Sextus Propertius and translates as: it is enough to have had the determination.

External links: Salomone Belforte & C. (Website) - Sextus Propertius (Wikipedia)

22 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Wonderful pictures VP!

ρομπερτ said...

Only good that I don't own a credit card, as I would probably charge it to the max. while passing such a store.

May time and life treat it kind.



daily athens

Farmchick said...

I adore a bookstore. The books, the smell, the quiet....all so wonderful.

Randy said...

Bookstores are the best! You can always find a treasure.

Jack said...

I'm glad that the store moved and remains active. In the USA, independent booksellers are endangered and many are closing.

Leif Hagen said...

Great garage door decorations!

Theanne and Baron said...

Interesting how things change, go away and sometimes come back. Nice that descendants started the company again! At least they're still available just in a different location! Interesting photos...the plaque is quite lovely, hope it goes with them!

Kate said...

In think that I would like this place at either the former or current location.

Lucy Corrander said...

Shop fronts are of endless interest.

If only it were true that it is enough to have had determination!

Lucy

Small City Scenes said...

I like the murals on the doors. Always loved a book store---could stay for hours. MB

cieldequimper said...

The motto and the shutters are very inviting and interesting, any chance of seeing the inside one day?

Gunn said...

Looks nice, and a place I would have taken a look at.
In the "old days" when I used to send snail mail, and not e-mail I used to LOVE thick Italian writing papers, with watermarks and rough edges..... made in the Amalfi area..(?) Those were the days. Gosh it sounds like I am close to hundred!:)
Anyway, I like both the old style and the new style!
I think it is GREAT that small companies manage to be independent! Here many companies do not manage.

Allison said...

I love bookstores... and there are no English ones in our area. So I just go in, look around, and leave. I could buy French, but alas... I'd rather read in my native tongue. ;)

Beautiful color!

Halcyon said...

Perfect doors for a bookstore! I hope they are even more successful in their new location.

Dina said...

Those are shutters?? That you pull up to open? The most beautiful I've ever seen!

JM said...

What a great idea for a bookstore shutter!

Francisca said...

I like bookstores wherever they are, but this new location does look fine as you've captured it. That motto is food for thought.

Cezar and Léia said...

Charming sigh and great motto, a place that I would love to visit for sure, as I'm a big fan of bookstores!
Léia

EG Wow said...

I hope the new location is good for book sales!

Kaori said...

I love it! The shutters are so creative ;D

Viennese Girl Vreni said...

Good idea to paint the shutters with books!

Tami Weingartner said...

Love the texture.