Monday, May 30, 2016

A Curious Roundabout

Roundabout, via Edda Fagni, Livorno
A curious roundabout in Via Edda Fagni, in the Porta a Mare (Gate to the Sea) area. (Already posted on Instagram)

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Fortezza Vecchia from Above

Fortezza Vecchia, Livorno
The whole extension of the Fortezza Vecchia (Old Fortress) from a vantage point. On the left the Capitana bastion, in the middle the Mastio di Matilde, on the right Canaviglia bastion with the Palazzo di Francesco. In background, on the left, the tent-like structure of the Fish Market, on the right the reddish Palazzo del Portuale. Slightly above it we can see the bell tower of the Cathedral. If you are curious about the vantage point, we were exactly here.

Mercato del Pesce - Palazzo del Portuale - Duomo di Livorno - Old Silos

See also: Fortezza Vecchia - Piazza dei Grani - Scalo Regio - Porta del Duca - Cortile d'Arme - Capitana - Ampolletta - Molo del Soccorso - Canaviglia - Palazzo di Francesco - Mastio di Matilde - From the Top
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Saturday, May 28, 2016

By Boat at Sunset

Livorno by Boat, Porto Mediceo, Livorno
A tour of the port with the golden light of sunset.

See also: Calm Waters - On the Fosso Reale - Caisson - Livorno by Boat
External links: Livorno by Boat (in Italian)

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Unopened Door

The unopened door, Viale del Risorgimento, Livorno
In Viale del Risorgimento, not far from the great artwork “Fifty Clothespins”, we can see another magnificent installation, titled “La porta non aperta” (The Unopened Door).

See also: Fifty Clothespins

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Villa Valsovano

Entrance of Villa Valsovano, Via del Fagiano, Livorno
A detail of the now disused entrance of Villa Valsovano, in Via del Fagiano, where the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley stayed in the summer of 1819.

External links: Percy Bysshe Shelley (Wikipedia)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Yacht Yalla, IMO 1012220, port of Livorno
The 73-meter “Yalla” was built by CRN at their Ancona shipyard, in Italy. The yacht's interior has been designed by Droulers Architecture. She has 4 cabins, a master suite, and 5 double cabins, with a crew of 22.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Viale Risorgimento

Mary and child, Viale del Risorgimento, Livorno
This statue of Mary and child, on the corner of the Salesiani's building, was a gift from the archbishop Felice Guerra.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Six Months Ago

Exactly six months ago I posted my first photo on Instagram. Now, almost everything posted on this blog is practically a by-product of the activity on the other platform.
Scali delle Cantine, Livorno
Scali delle Cantine seen from the Fortezza Nuova (New Fortress). (Already posted on Instagram)

See also: Scali delle Cantine - Fortezza Nuova

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

“Astice” and “Porpora”

Astice A5379, Porpora A5382, Porto Mediceo, Livorno
“Astice” (A5379), “Porpora” (A5382): these two minesweepers of the Aragosta (Lobster) class are actually used as training ships. Far away, we can see the church of San Ferdinando.

See also: Astice (A5379) - Murena (A5305) - San Ferdinando

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Cat with a Collar

Gatto con collare, via Chiusa, Livorno
A cat with a collar, in Via Francesco Chiusa.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Via Battisti

Corner building, Via Paoli / Via Battisti, Livorno
A corner building between Via Paoli and Via Battisti

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Friday, May 13, 2016


#Livorno - 
Graffiti, Via Fiorenza, Livorno
“It is hard for you all to repress us!”
“Who gives a shit about you?”
Via Fiorenza, Livorno

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Fountain of the Horses

#Livorno -
Fountain of the Horses, United Hospitals, Livorno
Detail of one the fountains in front of the chapel of San Giuseppe, inside the hospital complex of the Spedali Riuniti (United Hospitals).

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

“Alfredo Cappellini”

Alfredo Cappellini motor boat, Nautical Institute of Livorno, port of Livorno
This former Coast Guard motor boat was donated a few years ago to the Nautical Institute of Livornbo, and was refitted almost completely by the students of the school. She was then renamed “Alfredo Cappellini”.

See also: Alfredo Cappellini

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Common Starling

A common starling, Piazza della Vittoria, Livorno
A common starling in Piazza della Vittoria. (Already posted on Instagram)

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Sacred Heart

Church of the Sacred Heart, viale Risorgimento, 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, May 8, 2016

Il Cannone

Il Cannone Guarnerius, Palazzo Doria Tursi, Genoa
Il Cannone’ (The Cannon) was the violin of Niccolò Paganini. It is now kept in Palazzo Tursi, the Town Hall of Genoa. He got this instrument in Livorno (Leghorn in the text below), in a quite strange way...

“The wildest accounts of gambling excesses date from his youth. Paganini had inherited from his father a love of gambling, and would frequently risk the entire proceeds from a concert before it had taken place. The story of how he came by his famous ‘Cannon’ Guarnieri del Gesù is the classic instance. On the eve of a concert in Leghorn, Paganini had gambled away his Amati violin. A rich merchant named Livron loaned him an instrument from his private collection. After the concert, Livron rushed up to Paganini begging him to keep it as a token of appreciation, making one proviso: that the violin should be played only by Paganini himself. The artist kept his word and used it for the rest of his life. He was once offered a high price for it and was tempted to accept the offer to settle a gambling debt but, instead, he staked his last 30 francs and won; he never sat at the tables again.”
(The Great Violinists, by Margaret Campbell)

External links: Niccolò Paganini - Il Cannone Guarnerius - Giuseppe Guarneri (Wikipedia)

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Four Chimneys

Four chimneys, Via del Fagiano, Livorno
Four chimneys on a roof in Via del Fagiano. (Already posted on Instagram)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

“Lionheart” Again

Superyacht Lionheart, IMO 1012323, FB 262, port of Livorno
Time to have another look at the 90-meter “Lionheart”, the longest yacht ever built in Livorno.
(Already posted on Instagram)
See also: Lionheart - More “Lionheart” - The Lighthouse
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Fly

A fly on a calla, Via Anzilotti, Livorno
A fly on a calla, in Via Anzilotti.

External links: Calla (Wikipedia)

Monday, May 2, 2016