Poccianti’s Palladian villas

Pasquale Poccianti (1774-1858) was an Italian architect with a passion for Roman temples and Palladian style villas.
In Livorno you can find four buildings (as far as I know) by his pen, all from the mid 1800’s, all to do with water. Let’s have a quick look at three of them to see how similar they are, although very different in size.

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First, the largest of them all, the mighty Cisternone in the city centre, the grand cistern for Livorno’s fresh water. Hovering over Viale Carducci, it is a truly impressive sight.

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Next up is its little sister, the Cisternino, the small water cistern idyllically located in a hamlet outside Livorno, and connected to the Cisternone by aqueducts. (Just like in Roman times, but from the 19th centuryūüėČ )

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And finally the Bagnetti della Puzzolente, a thermal establishment built around a sulphurous spring just outside town, abandoned already in the 1890’s because of the terrible malodour surrounding the place. Puzzolente means smelly!

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Mammoth columns in a rural setting…

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… and surrounded by heavy traffic.

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 Puzzolente

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The Puzzolente and Cisternino each have a triangular tympanon

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…while the Cisternone has a half spheare crowning the columns.

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The west apse of Cisternino.

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The Puzzolente apses are completely derelict, overgrown and with leaking roofs.

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The giant “ear” above the terrace of Cisternone. It is said that you could hear the sea from here, before the cars took over the city.

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And to confuse things further, this is the church of San Giuseppe, not far from the Cisternone. It’s from the same period and in the same neo classical style, but by another architect, Giuseppe Puini.

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2 comments on “Poccianti’s Palladian villas

  1. imponerad says:

    Aaah Рdet är ju sånt här man är intresserad av! Det gäller att ha ögonen med sig.
    Klassiska ideal är alltid klassiska.

    (M√∂nstret i “√∂rat” och valvet till kyrkan, p√•minner mig om taket i den ber√∂mda fresken “Skolan i Aten” av Rafael! Den med Aristoteles och Platon i centrum, du vet.)

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