Our friends Stefano Ceccarini and Matteo Giunti have been the driving force behind the collection of signatures for the restoration of the “Chiesa degli Olandesi” (Dutch Church) and many other initiatives. Here they were checking the interior of the church and I was tagging along, taking pictures.
The building is, if possible, in even worse shape than ever, with further collapsing and widespread decay.
All the stained glass windows are broken, but one of the smaller ones inside has still something to say.
Stolperstein literally translates as ‘stumbling stone’ and it is a small stone cube with the top sie covered in brass and etched with the name of a Jew or other victim of the Nazi regime who was deported and killed in a concentration camp. It is usually placed on the sidewalk of the house where they once lived. The dates of their deportation and death are also inscribed on the stone, following a project started by the German artist Gunter Demnig in 1994, when the first stones were placed in Cologne.
Last week four Stolpersteine have been laid in three streets of Livorno.
Two of them are in front of the same building in Via Verdi remembering a father and his twelve year son.
Piero Ciampi (Livorno, 1934 - Rome, 1980) was a Livornese singer-songwriter, a cult figure whose genius was widely recognized only after his death. This mural is not far from his birthplace in Via Pellettier.
At least once a year we go to Pisa, taking all the needed precautions, to watch the Pisan creatures in their natural habitat and study their rare and curious accomplishments. Last year we missed this visit, getting only as far as the Livorno airport, that our city successfully managed to place, a while ago, on Pisan land.
Pedicab tours are an absolute novelty in Pisa and their adventurous drivers still don WWI pilot attires.
A wondrous example of Pisan sculpture: the subtle message and the elegant forms overwhelm your senses.
As you can see, our beloved cousins are very precise with distances (103 meters!), but can't even get right their own web addresses on advertising. In fact, the right one for this restaurant is www.osteria-isanti.com.
If you, as we, are thrilled by the Pisan way of doing things, please check the links below.
The unusual colors of the “JoyMe”, a 50-meter yacht built in 2011 by Philip Zepter Yachts in Split, Croatia. Both the exterior and interior design are by Stand By studio of Marijana Radović. The yacht was offered at € 27.000.000 and is already sold.
The Arezzo-born Marco Alessandro del Borro was a quite popular governor of Livorno from 1678 to 1701. He promoted the expansion of the Venezia Nuova quarter, whose main street is named after him: “Via Borra”. His funerary monument inside the Cathedral was realized by the sculptor Giovan Battista Foggini, but it was badly damaged by the WWII air raids.
“I politici sono come i maiali mangiano sempre presto diverranno salciccie per il popolo”
(Politicians are like pig: they are always eating, but soon they will be sausages for the people)
While one can even sympathize with the incipit, here is a semi-analphabet cannibal revolutionary who can't ever write “politici” in one go and spells “salcicce” (“salsicce” would be even better) with a superfluous “i”. Punctation is a unresolved mystery to him.
“Una serata davvero vuota, le olive finiscono” (A really empty evening, we run out of olives)
An enigmatic message, but it is just a quote from the story “Senso contrario” from the book “Altri libertini” by Pier Vittorio Tondelli (1955-1991).
Alfredo Cappellini was a Livornese captain of the Italian Royal Navy who died in the Battle of Lissa, during the Third Italian War of Independence (yes, we had four of those!). The local “Istituto Tecnico Nautico” (Nautical Technical Institute) is named after him.This former Coast Guard motor boat was donated a few years ago to the Institute and was refitted and refurbished almost completely by the students of the school. She was then renamed “Alfredo Cappellini”.