Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Superyacht Hermitage, IMO 1010662, LivornoThe 68-meter “Hermitage”, a new luxury yacht from Lürssen Yachts.
Superyacht Hermitage, IMO 1010662, LivornoThe exterior was designed by (Espen Øino) Espen Oeino, the interior by Andrew Winch. (Pictures taken on July 30th)

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External links: Hermitage (Superyachts)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Mascagni's Tomb

Tomb of Pietro Mascagni, Misericordia Cemetery, Livorno
The red granite sarcophagus of Pietro Mascagni in the “Cimitero della Misericordia” (Mercy Cemetery).
Tomb of Pietro Mascagni, Misericordia Cemetery, Livorno
The monumental tomb of the world-famous composer was built on a design by the engineer Vilfrido Vanni.

External links: Pietro Mascagni (Wikipedia)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Moby Wonder and a Birthday

Moby Wonder ferry, IMO 9214367, Livorno
Daffy Duck, Taz and Wile E. Coyote watch a patrol boat from the side of the “Moby Wonder”.

See also: Moby Wonder
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Happy Birthday balloon, Livorno

Happy Birthday, Trillian!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Around the Tebah

The tebah of the Synagogue of Livorno, slideshow de Il Tirreno
Should we take it as a compliment if our top daily paper by circulation publishes a picture lifted from our blog? Sadly neither due credits nor acknowledgements are in sight, at least on the webpage. I have sent several pictures to this paper in the past and they almost always ended up with the proper author quoted alongside.
Synagogue of LivornoThe problem arises from the fact that this photo was posted only on this blog, in February 2011, and it was never sent to anybody. How did it end up in the newspaper slideshow for the 50 years of the new synagogue of Livorno? A simple slip-up? An anonymous sender of someone else's pictures?

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See also: Synagogue of Livorno - Rejoicing of the Law

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Clamshell Buckets

Clamshell buckets, port of LivornoClamshell buckets resting between loads. (Picture taken last June)

Friday, October 26, 2012


Mart, mural art, via Terreni, Livorno
I do not know if “Mart” is a person or a group,
Mart, mural art, piazza Mazzini, Livorno
but the works under this signature are usually interesting and creative.

See also: Almost Bicycle Art - Art Is a Disease

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Airbus A320-216 EI-DSL

Airbus A320-216 EI-DSL, Air One, over the port of LivornoAn Air One Airbus A320-216 flying over the port of Livorno on the approach to Pisa airport. Air One (“airone” means heron in Italian) was once the second largest airline in Italy and now is Alitalia low cost carrier based in Milano Malpensa. Pisa, with Venice, is one of its focus cities. After checking the airline scheduled flights, the plane in the picture was probably coming from Athens, Greece. (Picture taken on August 19th)

See also: Livorno Airport

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Acrobats at Work

Acrobatic System at work, piazza Matteotti high-rise, Livorno
With its 26 floors and 91 meters it qualifies more as a high-rise, but we still call this building “Il Grattacielo” (The Skyscraper), because it is the tallest and more visible structure in town.
Acrobatic System at work, piazza Matteotti high-rise, Livorno
It dominates “Piazza Matteotti” and in the recent days is attracting a few curious onlookers because a maintenance crew is using rope access techniques instead of a traditional scaffolding.
Acrobatic System at work, piazza Matteotti high-rise, Livorno
The technicians from the local firm Acrobatic System seem quite comfortable working at this height dangling, with all the safety measures, from a rope.

See also: Piazza Matteotti
External links: Acrobatic System (in Italian) - Rope access (Wikipedia)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Galleria Metropolitan

Galleria Metropolitan, via Marradi, Livorno
We have already seen this building, but now the part I called modern alley is complete with its final color. It somewhat keeps reminding me of the Siq, the main entrance to the ancient city of Petra.

See also: Modern Alley - Cinema Metropolitan
External links: Siq (Wikipedia) - Galleria Metropolitan (Archea Associati)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Dueling Cranes

Cranes on a construction site, Porta a Mare, Livorno
Cranes dueling on a construction site...
Cranes on a construction site, Porta a Mare, Livorno
... and their cabins are empty!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

リヴォルノ - 大村市 (Livorno - Ōmura)

On October 9, a delegation from the Japanese city of Ōmura, headed by its mayor Takashi Matsumoto, has been received in our Town Hall in view of a possible twinning with our city. The rationale behind this choice is that the first Japanese diplomats arrived in Italy in 1585 through the port of Livorno.
Delegazione giapponese, cerimonia delle Marine Estere, LivornoJapanese delegation at the Foreign Navies ceremony in 2011

I am very happy about this, but I am quite ashamed to confess that until now my only knowledge of this prospective sister city was through the libretto of Puccini's Madama Butterfly:

Il Commissario Imperiale:

È concesso al nominato
Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton,
Luogotenente nella cannoniera Lincoln,
marina degli Stati Uniti, America del Nord:
ed alla damigella Butterfly
del quartiere d'Omara Nagasaki,
d'unirsi in matrimonio, per dritto il primo,
della propria volontà,
ed ella per consenso dei parenti
qui testimonî all'atto.

Madama Butterfly, Atto Primo
Libretto di Luigi Illica e Giuseppe Giacosa
Musica di Giacomo Puccini
The Imperial Commissioner:

It is permitted to the herein named
Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton,
Lieutenant in the warship Lincoln,
United States Navy, North America,
and to Miss Butterfly
of the Omara district of Nagasaki,
to be united in matrimony, the first by right
of his own wish
and she by consent of her relations
here witness to the contract.

Madama Butterfly, Act One
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Music by Giacomo Puccini

Livorno is already twinned with Bat Yam (Israel), Haiphong (Vietnam), Novorossiysk (Russia), Guadalajara (Spain), Adana (Turkey) and Oakland (USA).

External links: Ōmura, Nagasaki - Livorno, sister cities (Wikipedia)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Travelers in the World

Decorated shutter, Viaggiatori nel Mondo, via dei Fanciulli, Livorno
“Viaggiatori nel Mondo” (Travelers in the World) in “Via dei Fanciulli”

Decorated shutter, Bullet Tattoo in via Mentana, Livorno
“Bullet Tattoo” in “Via Mentana”

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Corso Amedeo

Corso Amedeo and via Pio Alberto Del Corona seen from piazza Attias, LivornoHalf a mile of “Corso Amedeo” and “Via Pio Alberto Del Corona” in a 'compressed' view from “Piazza Attias”. (Picture taken on May 2012)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

MSC Orchestra

MSC Orchestra, IMO 9320099, port of Livorno
The “MSC Orchestra” sails every Sunday evening from Livorno for a seven day cruise in the Mediterranean, but on October 7 the departure was delayed until midnight after four crew members were diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. Doctors distributed antibiotics to passengers; two of the four crew members are still in the Livorno hospital, while one of them died yesterday in intensive care. Last Sunday the ship came back and left as usual.

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External links: MSC Orchestra (Wikipedia) - Man fighting for life after meningitis outbreak on liner (ANSA)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fire in the Sky

Fire-in-the-sky sunset over Livorno
I do not indulge in sunsets ...
Fire-in-the-sky sunset over Livorno
... but yesterday it was really worth it!

See also : Sunset - Sunrise

Monday, October 15, 2012

Odeon Parking, Sardi Street

Entrance hall, former Cinema Odeon, LivornoThe only remaining part of our glorious “Cinema Odeon”: the entrance hall, which will be soon recycled as a retail space.New parking, former Cinema Odeon, LivornoThe passage on the right leads you to the parking silo and to the “Parco Centro Città” (City Center Park). On the left the trees of the Old English Cemetery.Entrance Odeon parking, via Sardi, LivornoLast but not least: it is probably still unfinished, but the ugliness and inelegance of the parking entrance on “Via Sardi” is simply beyond belief.

See also: Old English Cemetery - Parco Centro Città - Cinema Odeon - Odeon Parking

Sunday, October 14, 2012

European Philatelic Congress

1st European Philatelic Congress, LivornoFortunes made by stamp issues - Governments are making huge fortunes out of a superfluity of special stamp issues, all at the expense of the poor stamp collector, the European Philatelic congress decided when it met in Leghorn, Italy. The congress decided to ask various governments to cut down on commemorative issues, stamps for special flights and the like. Gen. Italo Balbo, Italian air minister, revealed that the total cost of his squadron flight to Brazil in january-$150,000-had been covered by the sale of special air stamps, and a nest egg had been left over for another flight.

Utica Daily Press - Saturday, July 11, 1931
(Postcard digitized by the collection of Antonio Cantelli)

External links: Italo Balbo (Wikipedia)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The End of Summer

Checking parasols before storage, sea resort, Livorno
Checking parasols before storage. (Picture taken on September 20th)

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Dying Bicycle

Rusty bicycle lying on the ground, piazza XX Settembre, LivornoRusty bicycle lying on the ground, seen from above.

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External links: Bicycle Art

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Top Ranking Blog

Pealing bells, Saint Sebastian church bell tower, Livorno
We are pleased to announce that, for BlogItalia, Livorno Daily Photo is the top ranking blog in the province of Livorno in any category. Thanks to you all for following us!
Province of Livorno blog ranking, BlogItalia,
The pealing bells are from the bell tower of the church of San Sebastiano...

External links: Classifica blog provincia di Livorno (BlogItalia, in Italian)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Serene superyacht, IMO 1010090, port of LivornoThe 134-meter (439’48”) “Serene” is a luxury yacht built by the Fincantieri at its shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia. She was launched in 2010 and was delivered in August 2011 to her owner, Yuri Scheffler, the CEO of Soyuzplodimport.Serene superyacht, IMO 1010090, port of Livorno“Serene”, with her seven decks, is the largest yacht ever built in Italy. Her exterior design is by the world renowned designer Espen Oeino, with an interior by Reymond Langton Design.Serene superyacht, IMO 1010090, port of LivornoThe vessel has a hangar, two helicopter pads and her own quite large submarine. She has a huge internal sea water pool which can be also used for tender (and submarine) docking.
Serene superyacht, IMO 1010090, port of Livorno“Serene” can accommodate up to 24 guests in twelve luxurious staterooms, with a crew on board of 52.

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External links: 134m Fincantieri superyacht Serene (Charterworld) - Serene Yacht (Superyachts)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

À la Seurat

Pointillist view through the holes of a gate in via Marradi, LivornoPointillist view through the holes of a gate in “Via Marradi”.

External links: Pointillism

Monday, October 8, 2012

How Did They Get Up There?

Statues, chiesa della Santissima Annunziata, church of the Most Holy Annunciation, via della Madonna, LivornoThis is how the copies of the allegorical statues of Innocence and Mansuetude have been placed again on the facade of the “Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata” (Church of the Most Holy Annunciation).Statues, chiesa della Santissima Annunziata, church of the Most Holy Annunciation, via della Madonna, LivornoPutting the finishing touches a few days later...

See also: United Greeks - Inside United Greeks - Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata - Annunciation - Innocence and Mansuetude

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Liquore Galliano

Liquore Galliano, vintage postcard, Livorno
I am not sure how much Liquore Galliano (Galliano liqueur) is still fashionable around the world, but it was conceived in Livorno in 1896 by the distiller Arturo Vaccari. It is a complex herbal liqueur whose main components are anise and vanilla. After many years of local production, the brand is now owned by the Dutch distiller Lucas Bols.
Liquore Galliano, vintage postcard, Livorno
The liqueur was named after major Giuseppe Galliano, an Italian war hero of the disastrous colonial adventure known as the First Italo-Ethiopian War. By the way, also the renowned Livornese tenor Galliano Masini, born in the same period, may own his unusual name to the fame of the brave major.

(Postcards digitized from the collection of Antonio Cantelli)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Puffs of Cloud

Clouds like puffs of smoke, bell tower of the church of Nostra Signora del Rosario, LivornoClouds almost like puffs of smoke and the bell tower of the church of “Nostra Signora del Rosario” (Our Lady of the Rosary).

Friday, October 5, 2012

La Botte Piccola

La botte piccola, The small barrel, scali del Pontino, Livorno“La botte piccola”, scali del Pontino, is named after a proverb which says: “Nella botte piccola c'è il vino buono” (Good wine comes in small barrels), our equivalent of good things come in small packages.Osteria Al giro di boa, Rounding the Mark Inn, scali delle Cantine, Livorno
Osteria “Al giro di boa” (Rounding the Mark Inn), scali delle Cantine

Pasticceria Lo Spuntino, The Snack pastry shop, piazza XI Maggio, Livorno
Pasticceria “Lo Spuntino” (The Snack pastry shop), piazza XI Maggio

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Greetings from Livorno

Greetings from Livorno, Saluti da Livorno, vintage postcard
Greetings from Livorno! We are back from Venice,
Freccia Argento, Santa Lucia Station, Venice
but our train, as far as Florence, was more like this one.

(Postcard digitized from the collection of Antonio Cantelli)
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Up There

Training ship Amerigo Vespucci A 5312, Vidhar 2012, Livorno
Somebody had to lift the admiral's flag on top of the mainmast of the “Amerigo Vespucci”.
Training ship Amerigo Vespucci A 5312, Vidhar 2012, Livorno
A moment of rest on a top...
Training ship Amerigo Vespucci A 5312, Vidhar 2012, Livorno
The top part of the mainmast, just to put things in perspective.

Search labels: Amerigo Vespucci
External links: Naval Academy of Livorno - Amerigo Vespucci (Wikipedia)