Cristiano Grasso

Choirmaster with a Spring in his Step

Cristiano GrassoCristiano GrassoCristiano Grasso was born in 1973 in Cecina, a small town by the sea in the province of Livorno, although he now lives in Livorno. Cristiano’s passion is for music, as shown by his very busy schedule as school teacher, piano teacher and choirmaster of three different choirs here in Livorno.

Giacomo Riggi

Percussionist and Composer, mad about Jazz

Giacomo Riggi on drumsGiacomo Riggi on drumsGiacomo Riggi Mazzone was born into a family where music was already a dominant feature (his grandfather Tony Mazzone owns the well-known music shop in Livorno), so perhaps inevitably he grew up to study percussion instruments at the Istituto Mascagni in Livorno, under the guidance of Jonata Faralli.

Giles Foster and Soul Contact

 An Anglo-Livornese Collaboration

Giles FosterGiles Foster13 June 2008 Giles Foster has lived and worked in Livorno for longer than he probably cares to remember, but he is originally from Salisbury in England and comes from a family of musicians. He had his first experience of Rock music at the age of 8, when his father first brought a TV home. Ever since then he has been passionate about music, singing and playing the acoustic guitar in his own band, and writing his own songs which communicate his great love of life.

Giorgio Chiellini - representing Italy, and Livorno, at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Giorgio ChielliniGiorgio ChielliniLivornese footballer Giorgio Chiellini, currently on the Italian squad at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, started his football career with his home team AS Livorno when he was only sixteen. He played an active part in the team's rise from Serie C1 to Serie A during his four years with the club, before moving to Fiorentina for one season, and then to Juventus in 2005 where he still plays now. He is a defender, alternating between left and centre back. He has scored a total of 29 goals during his career, including 22 for Juventus.

Greta Merli

Making her Way to a Career in Music 

Greta Merli, guitarist and vocalistGreta Merli, guitarist and vocalistGreta was born in Livorno in 1983 and lives here in Livorno with her mum.  She first became involved in music at the age of 10 when she started piano lessons, following in the footsteps of her older brother who works as a professional pianist in Mantova.

The piano was not for Greta, however, and after a year she decided to start learning how to play classical guitar at the Rodolfo del Corona school in Livorno.  Some years later she met guitarist Simone Ricci and eventually began lessons with him, finally breaking away from classical guitar to develop her talents in modern guitar.

Greta’s favourite musicians include The Police, Michael Jackson, Prince, Cindi Lauper, Suzanne Vega, and in Italy Eros Ramazzotti and Irene Grandi.

It wasn’t until 3 or 4 years ago, though, that Greta began to seriously consider music as a career.

Interview with cartoonist Daniele Caluri

Daniele CaluriDaniele CaluriDaniele Caluri is a well-known cartoonist from Livorno. His successful career began at Il Vernacoliere, the city's satirical magazine which is read all over Italy.

How was it that you started working with Il Vernacoliere at the age of 14?

In a very ordinary way: at school, a friend and I used to draw humorous cartoons during lessons we weren’t interested in. We would pass them back and forth under the desk to make each other laugh (and to get each other sent out of the classroom). Once I managed to get my friend thrown out of class because he was in such fits of laughter, and afterwards I decided to post the cartoon that had made him laugh so much in the letter box of the Il Vernacoliere magazine, close to my school. A month later it was published and I’ve been collaborating with the magazine ever since, for the past 26 years.

Interview with writer Peter Moore

Peter Moore (left) and Claudio Monteleone, at Livorno's Mercato CentralePeter Moore (left) and Claudio Monteleone, at Livorno's Mercato Centrale7th December 2015

Talking to Peter Moore about travel, motorbikes and music, and why, after all his globetrotting, he loves Livorno so much!

Peter Moore, the well-known travel writer from Sydney, Australia, lives in London and regularly journeys to fascinating places around the globe to feed his passion for other cultures and to provide material for his entertaining books. He has published several titles based on his worldwide travel adventures, and currently also writes for the British travel magazine Wanderlust, and newpapers like The Guardian.

I first discovered Peter several years ago when searching online for instructions about how to make Livorno's celebrated Ponce, and stumbling across his article in the Sunday Times about Bar Civili, the historic Ponce bar!

Livorno through the eyes of Catharina Lindgren

Catharina Lindgren, author of the Matilda's Keep blogCatharina Lindgren, author of the Matilda's Keep blog24-2-2014 Stockholm 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

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