Sleeping beauty

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Behind this gatepost lies my other main reason for wanting to go to Livorno.
(The first was, of course, the Terrazza Mascagni.)

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It is a dream in Art Nouveau, sadly covered in rust and thorn bushes,
with caved in roofs and smashed hand painted glass windows.

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This place used to be a spa. A huge and glorious complex for thermal baths
and medical treatments with salty water from the spring found by a farmer in the 1850’s.

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The Terme del Corallo was built in 1904 and attracted people from near and afar.
There was no holding back on the artistic embellishments. Signs in gold lettering, halls with majolica decorations, handpainted tiles, coloured glass ceilings…

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Even the more plain, not public buildings were richly decorated.

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Unfortunately, this beautiful railing was not the only one surrounding the area.
Double, sometimes triple fencing effectively kept nosy visitors like myself out.

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And it certainly didn’t help when trying to take photos.

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The main entrance of the park is now reduced to a forgotten alleyway beneath a busy overpass from the 60’s.
Sneaking around the area I was all alone and didn’t feel entirely comfortable. A man stopped his car and shouted something to me in Italian, don’t know whether it was a threat or a warning.

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But despite the slightly worrying feeling I couldn’t leave without trying my best to capture this beauty in decay.
How stunning it must have looked in its days of glory!

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Speaking of which, I found this old postcard online. Just to give you an idea.

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It hurts to see deterioration like this. The buildings seem forever lost. But – praise and joy! – there are plans to save these remaining parts of the spa and the park! How great that would be. I daren’t think of the astronomical cost, but I know it would be worth it.

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Looking at the next door Hotel Corallo, built as luxury accomodation for the spa guests, one can easily imagine how the Terme would appear in a renovated state.

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If you are just a bit intrigued by this Sleeping Beauty spa, please have a look at Brian Preciousdecay’s stunning pictures here. He went inside the fenced area and got the photos I could only dream of from the outside.
I wish I was a little bit younger, a little bit leaner, and part of a great Urban Exploration group as he is, travelling around photographing deserted and beautiful places. Enjoy!

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Areal view courtesy Google maps.

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4 comments on “Sleeping beauty

  1. väldigt imponerad says:

    Ja, göta petter, ett sånt ställe! Där skulle man badat.
    Hoppas det går att rädda.
    Spännande!

    • CS says:

      Ja! Det är helt fantastiskt! Nu drömmer jag om att åka tillbaks snart igen och kanske våga mig längre in (om det är möjligt och jag har sällsap. Inget ställe för en ensam tjej med kamera!)

  2. K says:

    Wonderful and entrancing photos. Looking forward to the next batch😉

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