Monday, April 30, 2012

Hazy Noon

CP 866 motorboat, Coast Guard, LivornoAfter a few days of sun, a grey and hazy Sunday morning at the 29th TAN.MSC Orchestra, LivornoThe MSC Orchestra is in port and the sailboats are at sea, on the racing fields.Sailboats, Porto Mediceo, LivornoOn the other side of the port, a forest of masts...

Search labels: Coast Guard - TAN - Tuttovela
See also: CP 866
External links: MSC Orchestra

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Following a Cloud

Following a moving cloud, Porto Mediceo, LivornoFour pictures following a passing cloud, taken at 1-minute intervals in a pause between races at the “Trofeo D'Alesio 2012”. (Exact timings: 10:33:34 - 10:34:54 - 10:36:06 - 10:37:32)

Search labels: TAN - Tuttovela

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Foreign Navies 2012

Navy band, Foreign Navies ceremony, LivornoThe delegations of the Navies present to the 29th TAN paraded yesterday on “Via Grande”, gathering then in “Piazza del Municipio” (Town Hall Square) for a simple ceremony. The Navy band was playing all along.The mayor Alessandro Cosimi, Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone, Foreign Navies ceremony, LivornoAlessandro Cosimi, the mayor of Livorno, was on the balcony of Town Hall with the commander of the Naval Academy, the Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone.Cadets carrying the flags, Foreign Navies ceremony, LivornoThe cadets of every Navy present at the Trophy were carrying their flags.Town Hall staircase festooned with flags, Foreign Navies ceremony, LivornoThe marble staircase of Town Hall festooned with flags at the end of the ceremony.Town Hall staircase festooned with flags, Foreign Navies ceremony, LivornoThe flags were arranged in alphabetical order at the right of the Italian Navy flag, continuing on the other side of the staircase.

Search labels: TAN - Tuttovela
See also: Piazza del Municipio - Town Hall - Foreign Navies 2010 - Foreign Navies 2011
External links: Italian Naval Academy

Friday, April 27, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Trofeo D'Alesio 2012

Venezia, Trofeo D'Alesio 2012, LivornoThe first competition of our rowing season is the “Trofeo Gaetano D'Alesio”, which usually takes place during the TAN. “Venezia”, last year's winner, triumphed again in the ten-oar boats.San Jacopo, Trofeo D'Alesio 2012, LivornoThe boat of “San Jacopo” finished second ...Ovo Sodo, Trofeo D'Alesio 2012, Livorno... with only a third place for “Ovo Sodo” (Hard boiled egg).

Search labels: TAN - Tuttovela
See also: Gozzi & Gozzette - Palio Marinaro - Trofeo D'Alesio - Coppa Risi'atori - Coppa Barontini - Venice Takes All - Trofeo D'Alesio 2011 - Palio 2011

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Church of the Madonna

Madonna Church, Chiesa della Madonna, via della Madonna, LivornoAfter the refurbishing of the “Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata” (Church of the Most Holy Annunciation), now is the turn of the “Chiesa della Madonna” (Church of the Madonna), in the same street.Stained glass window, Madonna Church, Chiesa della Madonna, via della Madonna, LivornoA stained glass window seen from inside the church.

See also: Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata

Monday, April 23, 2012

Anna G.

Anna G. corkscrews by Alessandro Mendini for Alessi, via Marradi, LivornoA duo of Anna G. corkscrews by Alessi in a shop window in “Via Marradi”.

External links: Alessi (Wikipedia) - Anna G., Corkscrew

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Santa Maria

Model of Christopher Columbus Santa Maria, by Salvatore Giallombardo, TAN 2012, LivornoA model in full sail of Christopher Columbus' “Santa Maria”, which, by the way, wasn't a caravel but a carrack. The ship models exhibition is on display at the “Tuttovela” village in occasion of the 29th “Trofeo Accademia Navale” (Naval Academy Trophy), taking place in Livorno in these days.

Search labels: TAN - Tuttovela
External links: Santa Maria - Caravel - Carrack (Wikipedia) - 29th TAN (Official site)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Swan fan Makkum

Nave Italia, Swan fan Makkum, Porto Mediceo, LivornoIn 1993 the 50m long sailship “Swan fan Makkum” was launched in a Gdansk shipyard, becoming the largest brigantine in the world. With 1,300 square meters of sail and a 44-meter air draft she is one of the tallest of the tall ships.Nave Italia, Swan fan Makkum, Porto Mediceo, LivornoShe has crossed the Atlantic 18 times, has made regular appearances at major sailing events around the world and competes in at least part of the Tall Ships Race series every year. In 2006 the “Swan fan Makkum” was sold to the Italian Navy and renamed “Italia”. She is now jointly operated by the Navy and the Genoa Yacht Club (Yacht Club Italiano).

Search labels: TAN - Tuttovela
External links: Brigantine - Swan fan Makkum - Yacht Club Italiano (Wikipedia)
Building Swan fan Makkum (Wylde Swan)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lungomare di Antignano

New planter, piazza Attias, LivornoOne of the new planters in “Piazza Attias”, decorated with a slice of “Lungomare di Antignano” (Antignano coast) by the Livornese painter Giovanni Fattori.Lungomare di Antignano, Antignano coast by Giovanni Fattori, 1894
“Lungomare di Antignano” (Antignano coast, 1894) by Giovanni Fattori

See also: The Big Red A - The New Attias - The Red Tower - Закат на море в Ливорно

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


TITO IMO 7711672, anchor handling towing supply vessel, LivornoThe supply vessel “TITO” is in the dry dock for some refurbishing. This kind of boat is designed for the offshore and salvage industry, it is equipped for oil recovery, fire fighting and can also be used as a communication center during rescue operations.TITO IMO 7711672, anchor handling towing supply vessel, LivornoThe boat, 63-meter long, was built in 1981 at the Astilleros de Huelva (Huelva shipyard), in Spain. The second picture was taken ten days after the first one.

External links: TITO (Fratelli Neri S.p.A.)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Two Kinds of New

Modern building facing the Fortezza Nuova, via Avvalorati, LivornoA relatively modern building in “Viale degli Avvalorati”, facing the “Fortezza Nuova” (New Fortress). Please keep in mind that the “new” in the fortress name is still four centuries old.

See also: Fortezza Nuova

Monday, April 16, 2012

On the Fosso Reale

Canals boat tour, Fosso Reale, LivornoA Sunday morning on the “Fosso Reale” for a boat tour of the canals.Canals boat tour, Fosso Reale, LivornoIn background, from left to right along Scali D'Azeglio, we can see Palazzo Squilloni, Palazzo dell'Aquila Nera and Palazzo Maurogordato.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Fonte Guglia?

Obelisk, piazza Mazzini, LivornoIt is not clear if this truncated stele is part of what was once called “Fonte Guglia” (Spire Fountain), whose collocation was however elsewhere, at the corner of “Via delle Spianate” (now “Corso Mazzini”) with “Borgo dei Cappuccini”. The obelisk has already lost its top some time ago due to stability problems.Livorno, view from the top of the lighthouse, by Alfred GuesdonIn a view of Livorno from L'Italie à vol d'Oiseau (A bird's eye view of Italy) by Alfred Guesdon (circa 1850) you can easily spot the pristine obelisk at the right end of the green area. It was probably built in the 1830s with parts from other steles, formerly used to delimitate the area around the old city walls where building was not allowed.Old postcard of piazza Mazzini, 1912, LivornoA postcard showing “Piazza Mazzini” in 1911, now full of young trees, with the obelisk visible on the right.
(Postcard digitized from the collection of Antonio Cantelli)
See also: The Two Towers
Search labels: postcard

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Aprilia Sportcity One

Aprilia Sportcity One,Polizia Municipale, LivornoAn Aprilia Sportcity One of the “Polizia Municipale” (Municipal Police) parked outside the Town Hall.

External links: Municipal police (Wikipedia)

Friday, April 13, 2012


Vintage grocery store sign, via Garibaldi, LivornoA vintage grocery store sign in “Via Garibaldi”. “Generi di Monopolio” means that this was an authorized seller of State monopoly merchandise. At the time this category included table salt and matches.Boutique dei fiori, Flowers Boutique, via Magenta, LivornoThe strange sign of the “Boutique dei fiori” (Flowers Boutique) in “Via Magenta”.Paninoland, via Bosi, LivornoThe colorful sign of “Paninoland”, an eclectic eatery in “Via Bosi”.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Repaving porticoes, Venetian flooring, via Pieroni, LivornoThe pavement under the porticoes of “Via Pieroni” is being re-layed in a quite complicated way, called “Palladiana” (Palladian flooring).Repaving porticoes, Venetian flooring, via Pieroni, LivornoThis technique consists in composing large surfaces of contiguous flooring out of thousands of all differently shaped smaller pieces of marble.

See also: Porticoes

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Ulysses, IMO 1010959, LivornoFrom the funnel of the “Moby Corse”, Tweety is probably wondering at the unusual black hull of the 60-meter superyacht “Ulysses”.Ulysses, IMO 1010959, LivornoThe same vessel inside the “Darsena Nuova” (New Harbor) just after the launch at the Benetti shipyard in the summer 2010.

See also: I Dynasty - Superyachts - I Dynasty, in Norway - Giorgio Armani's Yacht - Imagination & Illusion - Prince Abdulaziz - Bistango & Reborn - Octopus - Bistango

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sambuca and China

Miniature bottles, Sambuca Extra Molinari, Elisir China Gambacciani, enoteca, LivornoMiniature bottles of “Sambuca Extra Molinari” and “Elisir China Gambacciani” on display in the window of an “enoteca” in “Via Cambini”.

External links: Sambuca - Amaro - Cinchona - Enoteca (Wikipedia)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Liceo Niccolini Guerrazzi

Old postcard, Gymnasium Guerrazzi, Classical Lyceum Nicolini, LivornoIn a vintage postcard, the building that once housed the Giovanni Battista Niccolini gymnasium and the Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi liceo classico, after 1952 liceo classico Niccolini Guerrazzi.Former Classical Lyceum Niccolini Guerrazzi, LivornoToday the slightly restructured building is part the “Niccolini-Palli” secondary instruction institute. At the end of the street, in both images, we can see the side of the “Teatro Goldoni” entrance portico.
(Vintage postcard digitized from the collection of Antonio Cantelli)

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Odd-Shaped Mirror

Reflections in an odd-shaped mirror on a hairdresser table, LivornoReflections in an odd-shaped mirror inside a hairdresser salon, seen through the shop window.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Surviving Graffiti

Ho visto occhi di donna guardare la corrida, I saw woman's eyes watching a bullfight, graffiti with a bicycle, Livorno Behind the bicycle, on the crumbling plaster: “Ho visto occhi di donna guardare la corrida” (I saw woman's eyes watching a bullfight).

Search labels: bicycle art
External links: Bicycle Art

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

CP 409 Ingianni

Coast Guard patrol boat CP 409 Ingianni, LivornoThe 34-meter CP 409 Ingianni, built in 1992 at the CRN shipyard in Ancona, is the biggest patrol boat of the Italian Coast Guard. The red stripe is the international symbol of the coast guard, usually personalized by each country, in our case with a thin green stripe and an anchor.

See also: Piaggio P166 - Coast Guard - Calm Waters - CP 867 & Nataly - CP 867 - CP 866

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Painted School

Following the idea of a teacher and with some external help, a group of students of the institute Colombo has painted the walls of the school with reproductions of some famous artists' works.Leonetto Cappiello mural, Colombo Institute, Livorno
Piet Mondrian mural, Colombo Institute, Livorno
Osvaldo Cavandoli mural, Colombo Institute, Livorno
Keith Haring mural, Colombo Institute, Livorno
See also: Photos of the Painted School - Leonetto Cappiello
External links: Leonetto Cappiello - Piet Mondrian - Osvaldo Cavandoli - Keith Haring (Wikipedia)