I went to the Tuscan Archipelago because they say that Napoleon did not want to leave because it was in love with their fantastic wine (Alleático). The Alleático is exceptional. The vines grow on the banks of the Mediterranean and collect the sea flavor together with the late harvest until the wine becomes an exceptional broth. Besides that, there are fantastic beaches, islands and islets, charming ports ... A marvel.
Livorno, or Liorno , as it is known in Spanish, is a cityan port, unique and beautiful, as is the entire Tuscany region of Italy, it is the gateway to the Mediterranean Sea, with an open and tolerant atti to tude life that is found in ports. Livorno is also the capital of the province of the same name, and has a population of about 160,000 inhabitants. Today it is a port which receives a lot of ships, many of them cruise ships full of tourists with a desire to take a trip in Tuscany and see the beautiful towns and villages deep in the Italian countryside, to enjoy the beautiful landscape, green and flowery. Arrival by ship is a spectacle, and receiving this welcome that the city of Livorno offers travelers is great. Livorno began as a small fishing village. It was an important place under the protection of the Medici in the Renaissance with important concessions in the sixteenth century. Currently is an industrial center with a significant presence of chemical and metallurgical industries, and an important oil refinery.
Situated opposite the port, you can see this interesting building, which was clearly constructed with two different ideas in mind. It features a style that reminds me a lot of the statues of the Four Ríos from Piazza Nabona, constructed by the Moors, as a symbol of submission of what was called the Berbería. Apparently the whole region suffered all type of transfers, hideouts, and barters during the nearly four centuries of its existence, to be saved of the French, of the invaders Germans and the passage of time. It was was based on its sculptor to represent not only several ethnicities of African origin, but the ages of man. From the youngest and vigorous to the greatest and wiser, with wrinkles that furrow his face.
The exterior is not particularly striking. It doesn't even look like a cathedral, or a fortress. It's tan bricks don't stand out in a city made of marble and granite to make the ideal port conceived by Medici. In contrast, its interior has very high ceilings, making it slightly cold. Lights and votive candles attenuate the feeling with some warmth, and there are many altarpiece of the most varied forms and styles. It was a joint effort of the best craftsmen in the area to rebuild it after the bombings of WWII. Sadly, its gold wooden roof, which was impossible to rebuild, will be missed forever. Much of the original cathedral still stands, and although a bit cold and suspicious, it invites us to come in and take refuge from the maelstrom of Livorno's centre.