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
Dedicated to Livorno's Primary School Children since 1972
Maria 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.
Paolo 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.
In 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.