Wednesday, August 31, 2011

By the Sea

Pizza a Go-Go, pizzeria, LivornoThe funny sign of a “pizzeria” on our “lungomare”.The Barge, restaurant, scali delle Ancore, LivornoNot exactly by the sea, but still by the water along the canal on the “Scali delle Ancore”.Pub, bar, New Harbor, swing bridge, scali Novi Lena, LivornoThis unusual kind of sign marks a pub facing the “Darsena Nuova” (New Harbor). In background the swing bridge.

See also: Scali delle Ancore - Swing Bridge - Open Bridge

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Long Walk - 1 of 3

Round windows, street light, Town Hall, LivornoTown Hall round attic windows framed by a street light.Bell tower with a balcony, Madonna church, LivornoThe bell tower of the “Chiesa della Madonna” has a balcony.Votive shrine with grating, LivornoA well protected and apparently blackout-proof votive shrine.Italian Touring Club photographer plaque, LivornoThe vintage sign of an Italian Touring Club photographer.Bar awning, food drinks and more, LivornoThe awning of a bar: food, drinks and more...

See also: Long Walk (2 of 3) - Long Walk (3 of 3) - More Walks

Monday, August 29, 2011


Notice of summer opening hours, LivornoNotice of summer opening hours of a workshop in “Via Borra”.Sorry no public WC, LivornoThis notice appeared briefly outside a public office building.

See also: Messages - Trash Talk

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Coral Girls

Piazza Grande, LivornoThe “Coral Girls” are walking in “Piazza Grande”. The porticos on the left are still the same, the ones on the right were rebuilt after the last war.Coral Girls, In Tuscany by Montgomery Carmichael, Livorno
“Coral Girls” by Pietro Rossini (circa 1900)

See also: In Tuscany - Leghorn “la Cara” - A Levantine Trader - The Majesty of the Law - What Delays the Letters

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Head Hunters

Head on a pole, hairdressing stand, Effetto Venezia, Livorno
The strange display of a hairdressing stand
(Effetto Venezia 2011)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Big Anchor

Huge anchor, LivornoYou can find this huge anchor at the “Arena Astra” gym, a former movie theater.Huge anchor, LivornoIt probably came just from across the street: we are in front of the main entrance of the former Orlando Shipyard.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Knotted sheets, Palazzo Huigens, Effetto Venezia, Livorno
Someone just escaped into the court of “Palazzo Huigens”
(Effetto Venezia 2011)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Bomb

WWII bomb found in Venezia, LivornoYou are probably relatively familiar with this place: it is the last part of the dig for the new canal in Venezia. The work was stopped yesterday when a WWII bomb was found buried there.WWII bomb found in Venezia, LivornoThe 1000-pound device is temporarily sheltered in the dark green tent visible near the orange excavator.

Search labels: new canal
External links: Slideshow and Ordnance Disposal Unit from “Il Tirreno”
See also: An Useless Dig - Canale dei Navicelli - Viale Caprera - Micropoles - New Venice - A New Canal - Crash - The Dig - Building the Canal - Venice's Canal - The Old “Cantina” - Along the New Canal - Under Construction - The Buried Bomb - The Wall - Modulblock

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Red Anthurium

Red anthurium, LivornoA just bloomed red anthurium in “Via Magenta”.Oval window, LivornoAn oval window in “Via Fagiuoli”.Jars of small fabric flowers, LivornoThe window of a haberdasher's shop in “Via Magenta”.Traffic signs cemetery, LivornoWhere road signs go to die...Chained and padlocked doorway, LivornoAn abandoned building or a practical joke?

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Monday, August 22, 2011

From Above

Parasol, basket, cherry picker, LivornoA guy under a parasol in the basket of a cherry picker?Cherry pickers, LivornoIn fact, he is carefully watching another cherry picker from where some people are working on the roof of this building.Remote control of a cherry picker, LivornoThe other basket is not visible from below, so he is maneuvering it from this vantage position.

See also: Cherry Pickers - On Top - Above the Skylight

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Angiolo Tommasi, Gli emigranti, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Roma“Gli emigranti” (The Emigrants), a 1895 painting by the Livornese Angiolo Tommasi, was chosen for a commemorative stamp of the Museo Nazionale Emigrazione Italiana (National Museum of the Italian Emigration).Postage stamp, Museo Nazionale Emigrazione, RomaThe painting shows the pier Federico Guglielmo, in the port of Genoa, where a group of emigrants is patiently waiting for their passage on a steamer.

See also: Museo Nazionale Emigrazione Italiana (in Italian)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ship Lift

Ship lift, Benetti Shipyard, Johanna, Kaleido Beau, LivornoA view of the “Darsena Morosini” now part of the Benetti shipyard. The set of blue mechanic arms just beyond the first yacht (the 35m “Johanna”) is the new ship lift, inaugurated last January with its first launch. The other boat is the 46m “Kaleido Beau”.

See also: Open Bridge - Bistango & Reborn - Imagination & Illusion - Superyachts - I Dynasty

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Cappellina dei Cassieri

Chapel of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary and of Saint Michael Archangel, LivornoThis is the maimed statue of the poor archangel on the roof of the “Cappella della Visitazione di Maria e di San Michele Arcangelo” (Chapel of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary and of Saint Michael Archangel).
Better known with the simpler name of “Cappellina dei Cassieri” (Cashiers' Chapel), it was bult in 1703 with the contribuition of the money changers of Livorno.Chapel of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary and of Saint Michael Archangel, LivornoAn inscription was added in 1932 when the building was restored at the expense of Gino Cipriani, a civil engineer, who wanted to honor his wife recently passed away. It says: “Restaurata nel nome e nella memoria di Giuseppina Cipriani Ricci - Anno Domini 1932” (Restored in the name and memory of Giuseppina Cipriani Ricci - Anno Domini 1932).Chapel of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary and of Saint Michael Archangel, LivornoThe dome was struck by a lighting in 2009, three days after I took these photos, and the cross had to be removed for safety reasons.
This is quite curious condsidering the original inscrpion in front of the chapel:
Sacellum Deiparae Visitationi
et Sancto Michaeli Archangelo dedicatum
Abiit in montana dilectione humilitate et gaudio
Rebelles fulminat gloria, zelo et justitia
I Cassieri di Livorno l'anno 1703

Chapel dedicated to the Visitation of the Mother of God
and to Saint Michael Archangel
(She) went into the hill country with love, humility and joy
(Saint Michael) fulminates the rebels with glory, justice and zeal
The money changers of Livorno in the year 1703

Thanks to my friend Silvestro for the translation from Latin.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Before Ferragosto

Roof, skylights, scali Saffi, LivornoRoof with skylights on the “Scali Saffi”.Colorful butterflies, shop window, LivornoColorful butterflies in a shop window on “Via Magenta”.Sign about incompetents, Livorno“Because of incompetents we are closed today and tomorrow. We will reopen on Tuesday”.Dead tree, Attias, LivornoThis tree doesn't seem to be in good shape...Doorway, ironwork, via Ricasoli, LivornoSome elaborate ironwork on a doorway in “Via Ricasoli”.

External links: Ferragosto (Wikipedia)
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Monday, August 15, 2011

Largo Bellavista

I took these pictures from the roof terrace of a building in “Largo Bellavista” (Beautiful View Place), a tiny space off “Viale Italia”, where practically our “lungomare” begins.Nazario Sauro marina, Scoglio della Regina (Queen's Rock), LivornoWe can see in background our aquarium, some beach resorts and the Nazario Sauro marina.Scoglio della Regina (Queen's Rock), Vegliaia breakwater, LivornoThis partly dilapidated structure is the once famous “Scoglio della Regina” (Queen's Rock) beach resort, quite fashionable in the 19th century. The distant line of rocks at sea is the Vegliaia breakwater, protecting the entrance of the port of Livorno.Fanale dei Pisani, Curved Breakwater, Darsena Morosini, Benetti Shipyard, LivornoThe narrow Bellana shingle beach lies between the “Scoglio” and the whitish seawalls of the “Darsena Morosini”, now part of the Benetti Shipyard. The towering “Fanale dei Pisani” watches the entrance of the port.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

What Delays the Letters

Ponte di San Benedetto, LivornoThe location of “What Delays the Letters”, on the “San Benedetto” bridge across the “Fosso Reale”, is almost identical, cars apart.What Delays the Letters, In Tuscany by Montgomery Carmichael, Livorno
“What Delays the Letters” by Pietro Rossini (circa 1900)

See also: In Tuscany - Leghorn “la Cara” - A Levantine Trader - The Majesty of the Law - Coral Girls

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

Around Sunrise

Felicita West, I Dynasty, LivornoTwo pictures taken the same day, a few minutes apart. In the first shot the sun is still low, in the other one it has just risen.Felicita West, I Dynasty, LivornoThe boats are the “Felicita West” and the “I Dynasty”.

See also: Pink Sky - Felicita West - I Dynasty

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Green Embrasure

Embrasure, Fortezza Vecchia, LivornoSome wild green inside the “Fortezza Vecchia” (Old Fortress), seen through an old embrasure for large guns.

See also: Fortezza Vecchia

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Beginning with Cézanne

Palco Cézanne, Effetto Venezia, LivornoA real balcony seen through the set of “La Traviata” on the “Palco Cézanne” (Cézanne stage) in “Piazza XX Settembre”.Vintage door bell, LivornoAn absolutely vintage door bell in “Via Micali”.Off-leash dog area, piazza della Vittoria, LivornoThe off-leash dog area in “Piazza della Vittoria”, in background the church of “Santa Maria del Soccorso”.Badly bent one way traffic sign, Livorno“Scali Saffi”, a badly bent one way traffic sign.Multi-level car park, Odeon, LivornoThe blue bulk of the new multi-level car park where once was the “Cinema Odeon”.

See also: Cinema Odeon - Scali Saffi - Santa Maria del Soccorso

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