Monday, December 31, 2012


Moby Tommy ferry, IMO 92213110, Livorno
Today is the feast of Saint Sylvester, but ours is obviously not a saint...

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

San Giuseppe

Saint Joseph church, chiesa di San Giuseppe, piazza 2 giugno, Livorno
The construction of the church of San Giuseppe (Saint Joseph) began in 1839, on a project by the Florentine architect Giuseppe Puini, on what was before a restricted military area.
Vintage postcard, Saint Joseph church, chiesa di San Giuseppe, piazza 2 giugno, Livorno
The church was consecrated in 1842, but it was soon damaged during the Austrian invasion of 1849. A few years later, in 1952, the church became a hospital duiring a virulent cholera epidemic.
Saint Joseph church, chiesa di San Giuseppe, piazza 2 giugno, Livorno
In the early 1900s, at the time of these old postcards, the parish of San Giuseppe was, with almost 9000 inhabitants, the most populated parish of Livorno.
Vintage postcard, Saint Joseph church, chiesa di San Giuseppe, piazza 2 giugno, Livorno
The church was used as a warehouse during World War I, it was restored in the 1920s, but the building was heavily damaged again during World War II.
(Postcards digitized from the collection of Antonio Cantelli)
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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Between Sea and Sky

Curved-line seawall, diga Curvilinea o Molo Novo, port of Livorno
A couple of years ago I have already posted a similar photo. It is taken from the green light at the entrance of the Porto Mediceo, one of my favorite spots for taking pictures of the passing ships.

See also: Over the Porto Mediceo

Friday, December 28, 2012

Folding Bicycles

Peerless Barracuda folding bicycles, scali Saffi, LivornoA couple of Peerless Barracuda folding bicycles, chained to a post on “Scali Saffi”.
(Picture taken last September)
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External links: Bicycle Art

Thursday, December 27, 2012


Sailing yacht Silvana by Perini Navi, IMO 8182947, port of LivornoThe 56m sailing yacht “Silvana” was launched in 2008 by Perini Navi, in Viareggio. With a 58.8 meter main mast and a 48.26 meter mizzen, both in aluminium, she has a total sail area of about 1500 m².
(Pictures taken last June)
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External links: Silvana (Perini Navi)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Panettone, Livorno
“Panettone” (plural “panettoni”) is a sweet leavened egg bread made with butter, raisins and candied orange. Originally from Milan, “panettone” is not easy to make: it usually comes in 1 kg pieces and the average price for a mass-produced industrial version is around 4 Euro, while the hand-made version goes for 4-5 times that. Some other variations are available such as plain or with chocolate, but they are not the real thing. It is served in slices, usually with “spumante” (sparkling wine) or sweet wines.

External links: Panettone

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Starry Night in via Maggi

Christmas decorations in “Via Maggi”.
Christmas tree, piazza Cavour, Livorno
A Christmas tree in “Piazza Cavour”.

Merry Christmas to everybody!

Monday, December 24, 2012

New Playground

New playground, piazza della Vittoria, piazza Magenta, Livorno
A few weeks ago a new playground appeared on the worn grass of “Piazza della Vittoria”.
New playground, piazza della Vittoria, piazza Magenta, Livorno
It looks less space age and more practical than the futuristic playground of “Villa Fabbricotti”.
New playground, piazza della Vittoria, piazza Magenta, Livorno
I have yet to see some kids around it, but I probably pass by at the wrong hours of the day.
(Pictures taken last November)
See also: Dangerous Playground

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Cenciaiole Livornesi

Planter with Cenciaiole livornesi, Livornese rag dealers by Eugenio Cecconi, piazza Attias, Livorno
Some of our countless “artists” has tried to improve a decorated planter in “Piazza Attias”.
Cenciaiole livornesi, Livornese rag dealers by Eugenio Cecconi, Livorno
The original painting: “Cenciaiole livornesi” (Livornese rag dealers, 1880) by Eugenio Cecconi.

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

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Ugly Bridge

Ponte della Venezia seen from the scali del Ponte di Marmo, Livorno
The drab “Ponte della Venezia” (Venice's Bridge), seen from the “Scali del Ponte di Marmo”. It was probably slightly better just after its construction, but the bridge now looks like a greyish sad hulk amid the freshly repainted buildings around it. This is probably the thing that could be made more interesting by some colorful and well planned mural.

The other bridges of New Venice: Ponte di Marmo - Ponte dei Domenicani - Ponte di San Giovanni - Ponte dell'Angiolo - Ponte del Luogo Pio - The Non-Bridge of Crocetta - Ponte della Fortezza Nuova

Friday, December 21, 2012

Four Years

Today is the winter solstice, the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, and the start of the 14th baktun according to the Maya Long Count. If you are reading this, the world has not ended yet and it is time to celebrate the fourth birthday of our blog.
(Click on any thumbnail for the corresponding post)

See also: Three Years of PowerShots

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

RIBs and Rubber Dinghies

Italian Navy RIB, port of LivornoLast May I captured these unusual images of a Navy RIB leading a flotilla rubber dinghies out of the port.
Italian Navy RIB and rubber dinghies, port of LivornoI wonder if this was some kind of drill or a test for the guys in the dinghies...

Monday, December 17, 2012

Ten-String Guitar

Furio Sciumbata, luthier in Livorno
I have already shown you some of the instruments made by the gentleman luthier Furio Sciumbata. I do not post many portraits, but I am glad to introduce the man himself proudly holding his last creature.
Classical ten-string guitar made by Furio Sciumbata, Livorno
This is an exquisite classical ten-string guitar that our luthier has made in almost four months of work.
Detail of a classical ten-string guitar made by Furio Sciumbata, Livorno
The elaborate finishing of the sound hole: all the black parts of the guitar and the inlays are made of ebony.

See also: Lutherie Workshop - Cuatro, Clàrsach & Dulcimer - Guitars, at Last!
External links: Ten-string guitar
Contacts: Centro di ricerca e pratica musicale (Lutherie Workshop) -

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Port Gate

Former port gate, Porto Mediceo, Livorno
Port gate, november 2012

Vintage postcard, port gate, Porto Mediceo, Livorno
Port gate, early 1900s

(Postcard digitized from the collection of Antonio Cantelli)
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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Tired of Livorno?

Terrazza Mascagni, Livorno
If you ever got tired of Livorno, you only have to walk to the “Terrazza Mascagni” to cheer yourself up.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

The Barriers of Art

We have already seen in another post how Livorno is rich in art and artists. Their work is often misunderstood or ignored and our goal is to show you some of the most interesting installations.
Sawhorse barriers, port of Livorno
“Dying sawhorse barriers”

Red and white tape on barriers, via dell'Angiolo, Livorno
“Scrawny barriers festooned with red and white tape”

Aee also: Curbside Art

Thursday, December 13, 2012


Detail of the façade of Palazzo Rosso, piazza Cavour, Livorno
Columns with Ionic and Corinthian capitals on the second and third floor of the façade of “Palazzo Rosso”, with a glimpse of the Doric capitals of the first floor.

External links: Doric order - Ionic order - Corinthian order (Wikipedia)
See also: Palazzo Rosso - Piazza Cavour

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Call Sign: IQRH

Tito Neri tug, IMO 9319167, LivornoA call sign is a unique designation for a transmitting station: merchant and naval vessels are assigned call signs by their national licensing authorities.
Tito Neri tug, IMO 9319167, LivornoThe call sign for the “Tito Neri” tug is IQRH, but I am not even sure if they use it in ordinary trasmissions.

See also: Tito Neri
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External links: Call sign

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Most Blessed Sacrament Chapel

Most Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Cappella del Santissimo Sacramento, Cathedral of Livorno, Duomo di Livorno
The altar of the “Cappella del Santissimo Sacramento” (Most Blessed Sacrament Chapel) in our Cathedral: the altarpiece is “Cristo coronato di spine” (Christ Crowned with Thorns), painted by Fra Angelico around 1440.

See also : Duomo di Livorno - Around the Duomo - Via Cairoli - After the Snow - Fontana del Duomo - Inside the Cathedral