On the left a max zoom (equivalent to a 1365 mm) detail of the above view. At the same focal length, the ladies in the right photo are sitting in front of the house in the middle of the photo below and more than 200 meters away.
A view of Scali del Pontino and Via Castelli, again with the equivalent of a 21 mm.
The “chiesa della Santissima Trinità” (church of the Most Holy Trinity) in “Borgo dei Cappuccini”.
The symbol of the Franciscan Order on the gates of the church. This 1982 sundial celebrates the six centuries of the presence of the Order in Livorno. By the way, if adjusted for DST, the time was right.
The addition of an epenthetic vowel at the end of foreign words is typical of Italians and it is often emphasized in stereotypes of the Italian accent in English. In Livorno it is easy to hear loanwords pronounced like these: sport-e, film-e, and even stop-pe or SUV-ve. This also works with other languages and the owner of this place went for the local pronunciation with “Kebabbe”.
Between “La Pinetina” and the next buildings lies a scrawny meadow with sparse trees, dotted by strange structures, properly defaced.
At least one of these structures is clearly of alien origin: even our avid taggers stay away from it. In background we can see a couple of clean-lined buildings behind an impressive array of solar panels.
Here is the second part of our series on the morning traffic in our port. You can find the first post here.
At 6:08 AM another ferry comes from Sardinia: the “Mega Andrea”. Still outside the breakwater we can already see the cruise ship “Norwegian Epic”, our next entry.
This ferry was built in 1986 by Wärtsilä Helsinki Shipyard, Finland as “Wellamo” for the Silja Line. In 1992 she became “Silja Festival” and since last April entered service for Corsica Ferries as “Mega Andrea”. Her sister ship, the “Mega Smeralda”, has been in service since June 2008.
Coming north along the rocky coast we reach Miramare, where the urban part of Livorno begins with the quarter of Antignano. Up on the hill we can see the ruins of Ciano's mausoleum. [Photo by Maurizio]
Further north, a view from the sea of the Grand Hotel Palazzo with the Pancaldi sea resort in foreground and the high rise of Piazza Matteotti in background. [Photo by Maurizio]
As promised last Saturday, here is the first part of my early morning watch at the entrance of the port.
At 5:51 AM the fishing boat “Atlantide II” is the first vessel I saw entering the port.
At 5:53 AM the ferry “Moby Wonder” arrives from Olbia, Sardinia. At 5:58 AM the bunker tanker “Giglio” enters the action, ready to refuel ferries and other ships. The sun rises today at 5:58 AM, but it is still behind the hills.