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Livorno - Terazza Mascagni

Livorno - Terazza Mascagni
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Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio2006) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4566 W: 106 N: 6071] (54757)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-12
Categories: Architecture
Exposure: f/11, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-10-21 9:38
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Nell'area occupata da questo belvedere, un tempo sorgeva un fortilizio facente parte del sistema difensivo della costa. Noto come Forte dei Cavalleggeri, era composto da una torre e da un vasto complesso edilizio; occupava un'area di 30 x 60 metri e la torre, posta all'estremità ovest, era formata da tre piani fuori terra. Nel forte alloggiava un distaccamento dei cavalleggeri per il pattugliamento della costa finalizzato soprattutto ad impedire il contrabbando e a garantire la sicurezza sanitaria degli sbarchi. Dopo l'Unità d'Italia, la costruzione fu ceduta al Comune e fu smantellata nel 1872.
Nell'ultimo decennio dell'Ottocento qui si registra la costruzione di un parco di divertimenti, l'Eden, che rimase in funzione fino ai primi anni del secolo successivo; in questa struttura, sin dal 1896, si tennero alcuni dei primi spettacoli cinematografici italiani.
La trasformazione della spianata in una grande piazza sul mare avvenne solo a partire dal 1925 su progetto dell'ingegner Enrico Salvais con la collaborazione di Luigi Pastore. I lavori furono conclusi rapidamente e in seguito, nel 1935, Ghino Venturi vi edificò il Gazebo per la musica, un tempietto rotondo con una calotta sorretta da colonne circolari, successivamente distrutto dai bombardamenti della seconda guerra mondiale. La Terrazza fu quindi intitolata a Costanzo Ciano, livornese e figura di spicco del Partito Fascista, nonché padre di Galeazzo.
Nel dopoguerra fu notevolmente ampliata verso nord utilizzando le macerie del centro cittadino distrutto dai bombardamenti e venne pertanto dedicata al compositore livornese Pietro Mascagni.
Area occupied by this viewpoint, once stood a fort, part of the defense system of the coast. Known as the Fort of Cavalry, was composed of a tower and a large building complex, occupying an area of 30 x 60 meters and the tower, located at the west end, consisted of three floors above ground. In the fort housed a detachment of cavalry to patrol the coast of the main purpose to prevent smuggling and ensure the health safety of landings. After the unification of Italy, the building was sold to the City Council and was dismantled in 1872.
In the last decade of the nineteenth century here we have the construction of an amusement park, the Eden, which remained in operation until the beginning of the next century, in this structure since 1896, it held some of the first Italian film shows .
The transformation of open space in a large square on the sea came only from 1925 to a design engineer in collaboration with Henry Louis Salvais Shepherd. The work was completed quickly and later, in 1935, there Ghino Venturi built the gazebo for music, a round temple with a dome supported by circular columns, subsequently destroyed by bombing in World War II. The Terrace was therefore entitled, Costanzo Ciano, Leghorn and a leading figure of the Fascist Party, and father of Galeazzo.
After the war was greatly expanded by using the rubble to the north of the city center was destroyed by the bombing and was therefore dedicated to the composer Pietro Mascagni, Livorno.

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Wow Silvio , this is burning a hole in my eye , hey hey , the chess-like ground-FG leads the eye to the stately buildings in the top third of your composition , abiding by the rule of third beautifully here , i get the sensation of looking at a well proportioned and vivid illustration-like image of one superb piazza , lovely how you present that scene my friend, good one ,
Ciao ,ciao,

What a beautiful scene you have captured here, Silvio!

I like the low POV which brings details of the flooring and the light you managed to achieve on these buildings at far. The architecture is fantastic and colors contrasts are superb.
A well executed shot!


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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2012-10-21 10:30]

Woow Silvio,

A beautiful image. Thou hast shown here class that with beautiful colors and very good sharpness, wonderfully. I like the architecture and the colors are excellent.
My best regards.

Ciao Silvio,

this is a stunning picture. Beautiful POV, colors and light. You worked with the chess pattern perfectly. Love it!

A presto,

Hi Silvio
La città degli Dei.I can say what...but there is magic in this picture...I look constantly .... there is an hypnotic effect.
Is it the floor?is it the Razor sharp picture?the excellent use of the light....of course this one goes to my favorite.
truly great achievement
Have a nice week

Excellent pov and excellent use of the wide angle lens to highlight the tiled surface and walls. This creates a nice contrast to the period architecture in the distance. Nice job

Bonjour Silvio,ciao,
WoW!! Quel beau jeu graphique à l'avant-plant qui amène notre regard aux édifices à l'arrière-plant,
belle perpective et détails,
Belle lumière de fin de journée et magnifique architecture,

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-10-21 12:05]

Hi Silvio,
A nice low POV to captured this square tiled floor. Nice play with symmetry and contrast. I like the warm lighting on the beautiful old architecture that Italy offers to its visitors.
Very neat work.

Francis Xavier

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-10-21 12:14]

Hi Sivvio.

Every now and again an image pops up here that turns the head....you have spun it right around with this amazing image, the perspective, the lowness is speechless. Semetry, lines, angles, shapes, tones....... its full and some.

Stv ;o))

This is a stunning shot Silvio. I like the rule of thirds composition giving us this dazzling foreground of squares with the lovely coloured buildings framing the terrace. Excellent light management. The image has a slightly surreal feel to it. The eye is drawn immediately down the left side of the shot to the main street and the beautiful colours of the sky.


Ol+a Silvio
Bella Italia, I still have so much to see in Italy, beautiful ground and architecture, Good colors and light,
um abraço

Hi Silvio, I really like the low pov, like a childs view across the tiles. I like the angle that makes a different pattern depending on which way you look. The colours in the sky above the buildings and the light makes them stand out more. Fiona

Very nice Silvio ... I love the checkered floor, and the way the eye is taken into the shot, and also that you included so much of the floor. Also love the color of the buildings (the light) and the sky color. Very nicely done.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-10-22 8:34]

Hello Silvio

quelle iamge superbe place et cpatage ce rendu sur le sol cette immensité grandisoe avec les belle maisons en fond fantastique.

Bravo et amitié


Ciao Silvio
amazing picture. incredible play of vision with the huge chessboard and all the other geometrical items of the wonderful complex at the BG. fantastic! razor sharp and marvelous colors.

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2012-10-22 20:51]

Hi Silvio,
A superb shot. I could have sworn that this is generated using CGI techniques. The square floor is simply amazing and your capture of it is pretty spot on. There is a slight tilt to the photo.


Hi Silvio...nice shot. Great colors and graphics. Nicely composed.


As always an excellent work
a great geometrical image and vanishing point by an amazing note and historical information what a great image that look like a COMPUTER IMAGE well done and do it again SILVIO SORCINI

Hi,exquisite composition with beautiful patterns throughout in an artistic concept.Colors and light are ideal for the harmony of this image.Best regards,Otto.

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2012-10-27 11:50]


I lke uour low-angled POV that captures the repeating pattern of the tiles draws the viewers eye into the buildings. Excellent use of DOF with stunning clarity and color that almost appears like an illustration.

Hi Silvio,
Fantastic depth with a artistic approach also showing the archetectural characteristics in the buildings.Nice colours and neat presentation.

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