Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Tug and the Sailboat

Sailboat and Francesca Neri tug, IMO 9239290, port of Livorno
The tug “Francesca Neri” and a passing sailboat. (Picture taken last August)

See also: CP 866 - Four Tugs - Liberty of the Seas
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014

Church of the Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart church, Chiesa del Sacro Cuore, Livorno
A detail of the facade of the Sacro Cuore (Sacred Heart) church: “Venite ad me omnes” (Come to me, all you) is a quote from Matthew 11:28.
Sacred Heart church, Chiesa del Sacro Cuore, Livorno
The construction of the Gothic Revival building began in 1919 and it is part of a compound of the Salesian fathers. The church became a parish in 1932.

External links: Salesians of Don Bosco (Wikipedia)

Sunday, December 28, 2014


Esselunga is an Italian retail store chain which controls about 9% of the Italian grocery distribution market and has been trying for thirteen years to open a supermarket in Livorno. Our city is a fiefdom of sorts of Coop, in theory a consumers' cooperative, but actually the largest supermarket chain in Italy.
Former FIAT complex, Viale Petrarca, Livorno
The old Administration didn't make things easy for competitors and always managed to authorize new retail spaces for Coop. After the epochal change of the last local elections, it seems that Esselunga will be able to open, with the new Administration's blessing, a large store in the complex that once hosted the local branch of Fiat.

External links: Esselunga - Coop (Wikipedia)
See also: A New Mayor - City Council

Saturday, December 27, 2014


Miramare, Antignano, Livorno
“The Mediterranean is neutral in the Slavonic languages, and in Latin. It’s masculine in Italian. Feminine in French. Sometimes masculine, sometimes feminine in Spanish. It has two masculine names in Arabic. And Greek has many names for it, in different genders.”
“Why is that?” Lalla asked.
“I don’t know. It may have something to do with everyone's own bias. But I think the Mediterranean is like a body inside us. And that what our right hand does, our left hand can’t ignore.”
(Jean-Claude Izzo, The Lost Sailors)
External links: Jean-Claude Izzo (Wikipedia)

Friday, December 26, 2014


Self-portrait with baubles, shop window in via Ricasoli, Livorno
Self-portrait with baubles, thanks to a shop window in via Ricasoli.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Sometimes They Come Back

Christmas tree, piazza Cavour, Livorno
The tree of light which was in Piazza Grande last year, this time has materialized itself in Piazza Cavour.

Merry Christmas to everybody!

See also: Tree of Light - The Pisan Tree - A Tree, at Last - Piazza Cavour

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Basiluzzo M

Tug Alfredo Neri, Tanker Basiluzzo M, IMO 9323857, port of Livorno
The 122-meter tanker “Basiluzzo M” maneuvering to her berth with the help of the tug “Alfredo Neri”.
(Picture taken last August)
See also: Alfredo Neri
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External links: Basiluzzo - Aeolian Islands (Wikipedia)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Piazza della Sanità

Coast Guard building, Porto Mediceo, Livorno
The entrance to the Capitaneria di Porto and Coast Guard offices, inside the Porto Mediceo. This is not the actual Piazza della Sanità, which is behind the building, but Via del Molo Mediceo.

External links: Corps of the Port Captaincies – Coast Guard (Wikipedia)
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Lights

Holiday lights, via Ricasoli, Livorno
We may have had some troubles with our Christmas trees, but holiday lights are almost everywhere.
Holiday lights, via Ricasoli, Livorno
Here are the ones in Via Ricasoli.

See also: The Pisan Tree - A Tree, at Last

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Six Years

Aquiloni in Festa, Kites in Feast, Terrazza Mascagni, Livorno
This is our 2194th post: six years ago we posted our first picture of Livorno on this blog. We have published mostly from home, but also from elsewhere, during our vacations in Italy or abroad, without missing a single day. A few weeks ago we even posted for the first time from a smartphone!
An affectionate salute to all our friends: without you we will not be doing this anymore...

Anniversaries: Anniversary Walk - Two Years - Three Years of PowerShots - Four Years - Five Years
See also: Top Ranking Blog - Half a Million - 2000! - 500,000
External links: City Daily Photo (Portal) - Classifica blog provincia di Livorno (BlogItalia, in Italian)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ponte Nuovo

Fosso Reale, Royal Canal, Istituto Nautico Alfredo Cappellini, Livorno
A view of the Fosso Reale (Royal Canal) with the Ponte Nuovo (New Bridge), seen from Scali d'Azeglio. The building on the left hosts the Istituto Nautico Alfredo Cappellini, our nautical institute.

See also: Alfredo Cappellini

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Tree, at Last

Christmas tree, piazza Grande, Livorno
We have a Christmas tree, at last! It was set up without using public funds, thanks to a pool of local entrepreneurs.
Christmas tree, piazza Grande, Livorno
In the past days someone had already placed there a smaller tree, decorated with plastic plates: each one of them bears the name of a problem still “on the plate” for Livorno.

See also: The Pisan Tree

Thursday, December 18, 2014

New Racks

New bicycle racks, via Pieroni, Livorno
New bicycle racks in Via Pieroni.

Search labels: bicycle art
External links: Bicycle Art (Inspiration Green)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tasman Strait

Container ship Tasman Strait, IMO 9351218, port of Livorno
The 175-meter container ship “Tasman Strait” was built in 2008 by the China Shipbuilding Corp. at the shipyard of Kaohsiung, Republic of China (Taiwan). She was named “Ocean Emerald” until last September.

External links: Port of Livorno (Pinterest)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Via Nardini

Building on the corner of Via Nardini and Via Marradi, Livorno
Building on the corner of Via Nardini and Via Marradi.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

The Pisan Tree

Christmas tree, Piazza XX Settembre, Pisa
For the first time in years we do not have a Christmas tree in any of our squares. There is no money for it, so let us enjoy the nice tree the spendthrift Pisans managed to set up in Piazza XX Settembre, in front of their Town Hall.
Christmas tree, Palazzo Blu, Pisa
To add insult to injury, our profligate neighbors erected another sizable Christman tree at Palazzo Blu, which is hosting the exhibition “Amedeo Modigliani et ses amis” (Amedeo Modigliani and his friends), dedicated to the Livornese painter.

See also: Merry Christmas (2008) - Christmas Eve (2009) - Christmas Trees (2010) - Happy Holidays! (2011) - Starry Night in via Maggi (2012) - Tree of Light (2013)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Glass Panes

Dogana d'acqua, new building, Livorno
A more up-to-date view of the new Dogana d'acqua, seen from the Scali Cerere Footbridge.
Dogana d'acqua, new building, Livorno
The body of the main structure is now being covered by glass panes decorated with the likeness of the old building.

See also: PIUSS - Scali Cerere Footbridge - Customs on the Water - Dogana d'acqua - Canale dei Navicelli - Leopoldine Walls
External links: Canale dei Navicelli (Wikipedia)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Cloudy Sky

Giornata di pioggia alla Terrazza Mascagni, Livorno
The road to the Terrazza may be unpleasant, but it leads to a place that looks great also under a cloudy sky.

See also: The Road to the Terrazza - Terrazza Mascagni
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Friday, December 12, 2014

“Talking” Statues

A few years ago we did a series of posts imagining the thoughts of our statues. Now the most important monuments in town are draped with banners of the workers of TRW, whose local plant is being closed with hundreds of layoffs.
Four Moors with a TRW banner, piazza Cavour, Livorno
“Livorno - Terni - Piombino, unico destino” (Livorno - Terni - Piombino, same fate)

Monument to Cavour with a TRW banner, piazza Cavour, Livorno
“Con noi muore Livorno e tutto attorno” (Livorno dies with us and [also dies] everything around)

See also: Four Moors - Cavour - Livorno Won't Give Up - What Statues Think

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cruise Terminal

Cruise Terminal, Moby Aki ferry, Livorno
Our “Terminal Crociere” (Cruise Terminal), mostly used by ferries like the “Moby Aki” in background. We have seen something of the inside with “Naturalia”.

See also: Moby Aki - Naturalia

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Road to the Terrazza

Path to the Terrazza Mascagni, Livorno
There has been a lot of talk lately about a supposed touristic “vocation” of Livorno, but a quick tour of our lungomare is not encouraging in this sense.
Path to the Terrazza Mascagni, Livorno
Walking toward our most renowned landmark, the Terrazza Mascagni, it is easy to find the usual mix of untidiness, decay and sloppiness that too often makes our public spaces so ugly.
Path to the Terrazza Mascagni, Livorno
I keep wondering if I am alone in seeing these things...

See also: Terrazza Mascagni
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Porto Baratti

Porto Baratti, IMO 9167887, port of Livorno
The tractor tug “Porto Baratti” was built in 1997 at the Ferrari shipyard in La Spezia. As you can see from the links below we have seen her at work many times, but this is her first and well deserved solo, a picture taken last October while escorting the “Rita Schepers” out of the port.

See also: Morning Laura - Four Tugs - Elqui
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External links: Port of Livorno (Pinterest)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Autumn Cats

Cats, Fortezza Nuova, Livorno
The last time we checked on them was in April, more than six months ago.
Cats, Fortezza Nuova, Livorno
The feline population of the Fortezza Nuova is still there and in good health.

See also: The Cats of the Fortress - More Cats of the Fortress
- Fortezza Nuova (2009) - Fortress from the Sky (2012) - Welcome to the Fortress
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Sunday, December 7, 2014

A “Horror” Revisited

New building, Scoglio della Regina, Livorno
The first time I wrote about this building I called it a horror in plain view. They say that when you get to know someone, eventually even the ones you dislike can become familiar and understandable and, sometimes, loved. I am still quite far from the love part, but this building probably deserves a second chance.
New building, Scoglio della Regina, Livorno
My favorite part of this complex is this watchtower of sorts: you can climb a short spiral stair to the top and look at the sea. A sculpture will be soon placed on the top.
New building, Scoglio della Regina, Livorno
They are still working at the plaza's pavement which has a peculiar wave design, a pattern made up of precisely cut stones of two different colors. I can see me liking this place, after all...

See also: A Horror in Plain View - PIUSS

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

El Che and Trappola

Somewhere in Antignano... (Pictures takes last June)
“A Simone 'r meglio di Livorno, E. Fiorini 2008”
(To Simone, the best of Livorno)

“Ar meglio cane di Livorno ir ‘Trappola’, Errico Fiorini 8/7/2008”
(To the best dog of Livorno: the ‘Trappola’)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Orange Path

Orange coupler covers on a scaffolding, Livorno
This is not exactly the “yellow brick road”, but one could be tempted in following it: at other the end you will find Via Maggi, not the Emerald City.

See also: Via Maggi

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Norwegian Spirit, in Colors

Norwegian Spirit, IMO 9141065, port of Livorno
A colorful background for the officer following the unmooring of the “Norwegian Spirit”.
Norwegian Spirit, IMO 9141065, port of Livorno
The same cruise ship leaving the port of Livorno. (Pictures taken last August)

See also: Norwegian Spirit - MS Norwegian Epic - Norwegian Jade
External links: Norwegian Spirit - Norwegian Cruise Line (Wikipedia)
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Hole

Large pothole, Scali Cialdini, Livorno
When I say that our streets are full of potholes I usually mean something less conspicuous: anyway this is the one we got this weekend, in the middle of Scali Cialdini.

See also: Scali Cialdini

Sunday, November 30, 2014


Dogana d'acqua building, Livorno
PIUSS is an acronym for “Piano Integrato di Sviluppo Urbano Sostenibile” (Integrated Plan for Sustainable Urban Development), which is part of the V Axis of the POR CReO, or “Programma Operativo Regionale Competitività Regionale e Occupazione” (Regional Operational Programme Regional Competitiveness and Employment).
Dogana d'acqua building, Livorno
I didn't made this up: the works going on around the Dogana d'acqua are part of a PIUSS project, another one is what I have called a horror in plain view. This is a form of co-financing between public subjects which other cities use to fix parks or create pedestrian areas. We build strange new buildings around old ruins.
As you can see in this rendering of the project, we also insist in digging useless bodies of water in a city with a lot of potholed streets and too few parking areas. (The first picture was taken in August and the second in October)

See also: Scali Cerere Footbridge - Customs on the Water - Dogana d'acqua - Canale dei Navicelli - Leopoldine Walls
External links: Canale dei Navicelli (Wikipedia)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Embraer E-195

Embraer ERJ-190-200LR 195LR, over the port of Livorno
An Air Dolomiti Embraer E-195 en route from Munich to Pisa, flying over the port of Livorno.

External links: Embraer E-Jet family - Air Dolomiti (Wikipedia)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Mailmen's Building

via San Giovanni, Livorno
I made up the name of this apartment building: it doesn't have a name, but it was built in Via San Giovanni in the early 1900s for the employees of what was then the Royal Italian Mail. It has an inner court and some interesting reliefs on the facade and also all around the top floor.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

One More Demonstration

Unions demonstration, piazza della Repubblica, Livorno
One more demonstration for employment, this time organized by the major unions.

See also: Livorno Won't Give Up