The converted church

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A friend pointed me in the direction of this little alley, with a little church at the end. The church has been deconsecrated and converted into a home.

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I haven’t managed to find the name of the church yet, but if you are curious to see what it looks like inside, have a peek at the architect’s website here.

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While I was looking for the converted church I stumbled upon this. A derilict but lovely little chapel in a courtyard. What a bonus!

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I’ll try to find out more about this place as well. Doesn’t it seem to say Teatro on the rusty sign? Teatro culturale?

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I always sneak into open courtyards and even doors if I can, and often it pays off! :-)

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Via del Testaio

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Via del Testaio is a street in the San Marco area. It is short and maybe nothing that special, yet it is a little favourite of mine.

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One reason for that is that it’s one of the few streets where the pietra serena sand stone paving is still visible inbetween the asphalt.

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Apart from a really nice restaurant, this is perhaps the most intriguing house of the street.

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So much detail, and the decay, although sad, adds to the beauty.

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At the end of Via del Testaio, or perhaps the beginning, there is the San Marco train station, which is no longer in use.
Also a fascinating building with lots of hidden beauty.

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Christmas in the port

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Christmas activity in Livorno’s old port is high. Sorting the reds from the greens, getting everything ready in time. Busy, busy!

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Some have more work than others. Why do these Christmassy thingies always tangle so terribly?

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Still, all is well in the end. Everything is in place, the velvety reds dominate the decorations and there is peace and order.
Let Christmas begin!