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Livorno through the eyes of Catharina Lindgren

Catharina Lindgren, author of the Matilda's Keep blogCatharina Lindgren, author of the Matilda's Keep blogStockholm meets Livorno

When looking for a day out from Florence in April 2013, Swedish photographer Catharina Lindgren was drawn to Livorno after seeing a photo of the Cisternone, the strikingly unusual 19th-century Neo-Classical water cistern that looms large in Viale Carducci. Clearly, she realised, Livorno was unlike any other place in Tuscany, and she couldn’t wait to discover it.

The most magical place

Maria Grazia Bertini

Dedicated to Livorno's Primary School Children since 1972

Maria Grazia Bertini, primary school teacherMaria Grazia Bertini, primary school teacherMaria Grazia was born in Livorno in 1952. She is married to Renzo, and has two sons. Having had a ‘bad teacher’ at primary school herself, she decided at an early age that she wanted to dedicate her working life to teaching children.  She started her teaching career in 1972 and has worked in many of Livorno’s primary schools. She has worked at the Natali school since 1997.

Maria Grazia is one of those teachers dedicated 100% to her job and to the children she teaches. She believes wholeheartedly in school as an institution and in the importance of her job.

When she has some time to herself Maria Grazia loves reading, watching films, and travelling. She also loves music, especially Mozart.

Niki La Rosa - Livorno's Italo-Scottish singer-songwriter, doing what he loves best

Niki La RosaNiki La RosaNiki La Rosa has quite a story to tell. If he tells it in Italian, you wouldn't suspect he was anything but a local Livornese boy, but as soon as he breaks into English, you realise that there are hidden depths of Scottish origins!

Glasgow born

Paolo Virzì, Film Director

Paolo Virzì (right) in conversation with comedian Paolo Ruffini, at Effetto Venezia, LivornoPaolo Virzì (right) in conversation with comedian Paolo Ruffini, at Effetto Venezia, LivornoPaolo Virzì was born in Livorno on 4th March 1964. He spent his early years in Turin, Piedmont, but grew up in the Sorgenti district of Livorno.

Having studied Literature and Philosophy for a time at the University of Pisa, Virzì moved to Rome where he frequented the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. It was here that he met Furio Scarpelli, a teacher at the school, who became his mentor and collaborator.

Stefano Pilato

Stefano Pilato with his Ray Fish sculptures and Enjoy Cacciucco t-shirt designStefano Pilato with his Ray Fish sculptures and Enjoy Cacciucco t-shirt designIn the heart of one of Livorno’s most traditional districts -  Il Borgo - lies the workshop where Stefano Pilato creates his unique sculpture-designs, most with a marine flavour. In fact his shop is called Pesce Fresco (‘fresh fish’). All his sculptures are made from reclaimed materials, from driftwood, to nuts and bolts, and even abandoned computer mouses which he made into squid!

Stefano was born  in Livorno in 1965 and grew up in the Borgo Cappuccini district. He began drawing when he was a child, and cultivated a love of design and architecture through his studies at the Istituto d’Arte in Pisa.

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