Villa Maurogordato revisited

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The last time I was at Villa Maurogordato was a warm November day, so humid that my camera lenses kept steaming up! You can see my over edited photos from that visit here.

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This time, the once so grand villa bathed in the golden afternoon sun. It was, if possible, even more overgrown though, so details is more or less what you can aim for.

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My photographer friend in the jungle.

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The romantic colonnade, possible intended for climbing roses och clematis…

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The villa is beyond repair. No roof means the decay is quick.

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What I really wanted to show you was some details from the stunning greenhouse. Hope you enjoy them!

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More Orlando

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I am glad you like my reports on the development of the old shipyard area! Therefore, I’ve dug out a few more photos for you.

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One question was about the new waterway and where it leads to. The answer is: nowhere really! Or, more correctly, up to the old shipyard gate, and there it ends. Here a photo from April 2015, as you can see the “canal” doesn’t yet exist.

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And the machine halls still have their roofs.

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This undated photo shows as many as three slipways (or is one of them a dock?) and Palazzo Orlando to the left.

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This is the backside of Palazzo Orlando (to the left), integrated with the new residential and commercial centre.

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The opposite view from the same spot, the Porto Mediceo with Fortezza Vecchia barely visible to the left and Palazzo Orlando to the right.

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The architect’s vision of the new canal with the old gate and the slipway.

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And the reality without the bird’s eye position.

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The architecture is not exactly cutting edge, nor traditional enough to blend in. The place is still a bit desolate, and quiet enough for someone less fortunate to have a nap under the vaults.

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To be continued…

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A transforming shipyard

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There is a huge transformation going on in the middle of Livorno.
The former shipyard Luigi Orlando is turning into the hippest place in town,
the new Porta a Mare area.

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Here he is, signor Orlando, in front of the gate of the shipyard,
where he and his three brothers started their business in the 1860’s, which would flourish for over a hundred years.

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Google shows the new shipbuilding area with blue roofs, and the first part of the housing and shopping complex at the bottom of the photo. It is mostly the structures in the middle that I am interested in, in this photo still with roofs.

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The area is filled with glossy images of the future Porta a Mare centre.
Here we can clearly see the buildings forming around the old slipway.

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This photo from 1926 shows the whole shipyard area with Luigi and the gate a little bit left of the centre, and a ship being built on the slipway, a bit up on the right.

The history of the area is much older than that of the shipyard, since a military hospital resided here since the 1700th century. I wonder if anything remains from that time?

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Let’s have a closer look at the structures just north of the slip. They are currently without a roof and they have been stripped down to the bare bricks.

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The vaults make them a bit church-like.

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Or maybe a fortress comes to mind.

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Old and new.

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This is the architect’s vision of the future use of the halls.
It seems like a standard shopping centre with caf├ęs and restaurants.
And palm trees?

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It will be interesting to follow the development,
but I strongly suspect I will prefer them the way they are right now­čśë

But that’s just me. And it’s great that they are spared and integrated into modern construction.

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The new “canal” by the slipway.

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The slipway.

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The construction site buzzing with activity.

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And the mesmerising patterns of brick vaults…

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Part II: More Orlando

San Martino in Salviano

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Salviano is a small village dating back to Roman times, which was incorporated into Livorno’s suburbs as late as in the 1970’s.

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There are still a few quiet streets with ancient features, like this old stable building.

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And here and there you can almost imagine being in the Tuscan countryside.

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The church of San Martino is mentioned already in 11th century scriptures

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which in fact makes it the oldest building in Livorno.

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Originally Romanesque, not a lot remains of the old church,

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since it was rebuilt in the 1700’s, and most of the 11th century structure was destroyed.

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The original apse is now the base of the belltower.

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There are wall plaques in both Italian

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and Latin.

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The adjacent walled cemetery

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with a few 19th century sculptures

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and a new area with tombs not yet used.

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That’s all from Salviano for now

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with spring greetings!

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The wall and the slaughterhouse

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This is the massive wall by Via della Cinta Esterna (Outer Wall Road). This is more or less what remains of the Medici city walls from the 1500’s.
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The huge gate used to lead into the slaughterhouse area.

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The sign still (almost) says Pubblici Macelli – Public butcher. Above on the crumbling wall is the city arms of Livorno.

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In another part of the wall a face is emerging. Or… what is it?

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Around the corner we can get a glimpse of the area inside the wall. The shadows on the wall come from the buses parked at one of the port terminals.

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The golden late afternoon sunlight casts long shadows and makes the facades glow.

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The former slaughterhouse area, as well as the old Forte San Pietro area, an early 18th century fortification. Needless to say, I’d love to get inside these walls and investigate further!

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The old farmhouse

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It seems to have been forgotten, when the city drew nearer and the traffic demanded more space. This old farmhouse, left next to a huge roundabout, a petrol station and a scruffy industrial area.

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Via Campania. I think the area is called Coteto, but if anyone knows differently, please tell.

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The house is still very beautiful, despite (or maybe because of?) its heavy decay.

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The building is a mix of recently fitted aluminium windows and derilict stable doors.

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“Go slowly for safety reasons and to avoid raising dust. Thank you!”
Aimed at passing cars, I presume.

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Some parts of the building are clearly abandoned.

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While others have been recently attended to.

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The back of the house. I wonder how many generations have lived here, how many children have played and worked in this courtyard.

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I love when old walls reveal different and earlier door openings. A feast for ones imagination!

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I hope someone will care for this house for many years to come. And give it just enough tlc, not to ruin all of its dilapidated charm!

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