Genova and Floods – When will they ever learn


It wasn’t predictable



Floods Death Disaster

Here we go again. For the n’th time.

Are we/they  all blind ?

Are they the Politicians all BLIND

The floods are the worst to hit the Ligurian city since 2011, when six people, including two children, were killed.

“Speaking to TV Galletti then reiterated that “there are 35 million euro allocated to the flood three years ago that have not been translated in the works for red tape.” “The 35 million are being blocked – said the Minister of the Environment – from litigation to the TAR and the Council of State, for several reasons including the contested contracts.”

Here’s a bit of history of floods in Genoa from 1966 to yesterday

July 20th 1966: The storm is raging on the West Genoa from morning until early afternoon: flooding and flooding in many areas of the west: 250 mm in 4 hours Voltri, only 24 mm in Albaro.
February 24, 1968: 138.2 mm of Sestri throughout the day
10 to 11 January 1970: 211 mm of Sestri throughout the day.
7 to 8 October 1970: on the night of the storm sweeps 7 Voltri and then proceeds to the west; the night goes underwater around the west and in the early afternoon, the basin of Bisagno. Storm on the morning of 7, then resumed in the evening and continues uninterrupted until 8 o’clock in the morning; then new storm from 9 to 10; next storm from 11:30 to 13 and the final storm from 15:30 to 17 to 948 mm Bolzaneto, 550 in center, 800 in the basin of Voltri, 700 in Sestri.
17-18-19 March 1971: big storms on the west of Genoa
October 13, 1971: from late afternoon downpour on the west. Flooding important.
Throughout the 1972 storms will continue over the city.
15 to 16 July 1973, an intense sirocco brings violent storms across the city.
Since December 19, 1973 year-end: continuous torrential rains in Genoa.
From 24 April 1974 to the end of the month: April 24th evening one of the most violent hailstorms of the weather history of Genoa. Then storms repeatedly.
August 11, 1975: The worst hailstorm of all time in Genoa, especially to the east of Cornigliano (A Sestri only a violent storm, with 60 mm). From the afternoon, a series of violent storms hailstorms repeatedly breaks out of the city, especially downtown and in Val Bisagno. Constantly hail as big as eggs, with beans that seem almost blocks of ice, especially in Molassana.
22-23-24 August 1975: Strong storms with tornado over the city 23.
July 22, 1976: Two violent storms. On the night of 10 tornadoes befall the city, with trees uprooted and massive damage to Brignole psychiatric hospital Quarto. The second storm in the late morning of 22, due to the flooding of the river Cantarena in Sestri and risk overflow.
August 1976: storms will continue from 10th of the month.
28 to 29 August 1976: tremendous downpour throughout the day the entire city.
September 13, 1976: terrible storm in the morning on the west: generalized flooding.
From 1 October to 15 November 1976: storms continue.
Throughout the 1977 storms continue.
27-28-29-30 August 1977: Three days and a half deluge with thunder and lightning. Flooding generalized.
6-7-8 October 1977: begins in the late evening of 5 and continued throughout the night. Violent storm on the morning of 6 puts zotto 1 m of water Cornigliano and the historic center. From the evening of the 6th of 7 in the morning breaks in Valle Stura and submerges Campoligure and Roussillon; by the evening of 7 resumes on Genoa and continues until 12 8. 500 mm fell in the city.
December 8, 1977: Storm over Genoa: completely flooded the hospital of St. Martin and the whole area east.
From late April to 25 July 1978, continuous rainstorms
12-13-14-15 October 1979: In four days, 500 mm of rain falling over the city. Enormous damage.
August 16, 1980: on the night unleashed a storm of exceptional intensity: widespread flooding.
August 11, 1981: In the morning three consecutive storms over the city on their knees Val Polcevera.
2-3-4 October 1981: In the night 2-3 down almost 400 mm of rain, but fortunately in 12 hours and not 4 as in Monday, October 4th 2010 Other terrible storm on the evening of Saturday, 3.
November 26, 1982: A flood is unleashed in the late afternoon over the city. Voltri flooded.
Since the beginning of March to the end of June 1983 storms continue
June 28, 1983: from 20 to 21:30 a storm of frightening violence Cornigliano westward. Pra and Voltri flooded.
From 16 dicrembre 1983 year-end, torrential rains over the city.
23 to 24 August 1984 affected the whole of Liguria, with epicenters in Albenga, Alassio, Genoa and Deiva Marina. On the evening of 23 terrible cloudburst on Genoa, with recovery in a frightening way from 10:30 to 13 the next day. Pra and Voltri flooded by streams overflowed. 500 mm in Voltri, 300 and 250 in Sestri center.
October 1984: storms continue.
July 30th 1987: The storm is raging from 14 to 16, with 350 mm fell in Sampierdarena, who suffers a tragic flood; 190 mm in the center, less than in the west.
August 27, 1989: storm over the city from 9 to 13, with some floods and many flooded areas. In the evening, tornado and flood at the mouth throughout the west. Approximately 300 mm.
November 17, 1989: The flood rages on Nervi and up to Recco, saving the whole of the rest of Genoa.
3 to 4 October 1990: the evening of 3 until the afternoon of 4 gets about 300 mm of rain, especially in the east. The Bisagno not overflowing before the event because it was completely dry.
From October to December 1990: storms continue
11-12-13 September 1991, three separate storms: one in the late morning of 11, the next throughout the night between 11 and 12, and the last the morning of the 13th about 400 mm fell in all city.
September 29, 1991: storm over the city with flood Nervi.
October 1991: storms continue.
September 27, 1992: disastrous flood the city. Start the flood at 11 this Sunday and continues until 6; less strong in the evening. Affected mainly the center and Sturla. 800 mm in the basin of Bisagno, 450 in the center.
October 1992: storms continue.
September 23, 1993: disastrous flood in the west. San Carlo di Cese devastated by Varenna. Pegli particularly affected, Voltri attached to Leiro and Cerusa. Flood from 4 to 15 mm to 800 San Carlo, 600 and 400 in the west to Sestri. About 300 in the center.
Fall 1993 storms continue.
June 26 1994: Flood in Voltri. Violent thunderstorm in the evening from Cornigliano in Savona. Approximately 400 mm of water in the basin of the fallen Leiro, Voltri.
From 31 August 1994 to September 1994 all: tornado Aug. 31: there was a gust to 170 km / h, torrential rain but short-lived, massive damage with uprooted trees everywhere, especially in the square CORVETTO. Then, throughout September storms continue.
Early October 1994 storms to repeat
November 4, 1994: disastrous storm in the early afternoon, after 4 days of continuous rain. Lightning off the lantern. Especially impressed with Sestri devastation dell’Esaote. The days following the flood devastates the Piedmont.
September 1995: storms continue.
12-13-14 November 1995: torrential rain for three days over the city.
4-5-6 October 1995: while the sun shines in all of Italy, a strong south wind brings torrential rains in Genoa (about 400 mm). Hit the first time in the delegations of the west; towards the end of the event center. On October 6, in the afternoon great devastation in Rapallo and Santa Margherita.
6 to 7 October 1997 violent storm, on several occasions, from late afternoon until early afternoon of 6 of 7 flooding by flooding and scattered in the city.
7-8-9 November 1997: Violent storms in repetition of Genoa, in particular on the morning of Sunday, November 9, when it floods Sampierdarena, and I remain stuck two hours by car from the entrance to the elevated promenade Canepa.
May 27 1998: violent thunderstorm in the morning on the city.
July 14, 1998: hit the Voltrese, in particular the Val Cerusa. Crolla a bridge over Cerusa. Flood in the late morning.
End of September / October 1998 / Until mid-November 1998 storms continue, with flooding in the area Quezzi.
August 12, 1999: in the morning with a violent storm continued in the afternoon. Devastated the covered market of Via XX Settembre.
From September 20 through October 1999 storms continue
November 6, 1999: in the early afternoon all hell breaks loose on the entire Riviera. Torrential rain, lightning and a repetition cyclonic wind with a peak of 150 km / h. Do not no river overflows, but the devastation is great and memorable.
March 25, 2000: In the evening violent storm over the entire Genoa, with exceptional hailstorm in eastern areas (especially Marassi and Staglieno)
October / November 2000: continuous downpours over the city.
November 23, 2000: While the Imperiese suffered one of its worst floods in Genoa gets about 300 mm of rain, with Polcevera to the limit and alert 3 by late afternoon. Several flooding.
Throughout the 2002 storms continue, especially in the beginning of May, beginning of June, July 6 (tornado), and especially the entire month of August, with a terrible storm the night between 8 and 9 August. QA gets about 300 mm in September and also in October. November and December totals 750 mm 250 (continuous rainstorms).
November 26, 2002: Flood all night. Hit the center and the east. Various flood. The Bisagno is the limit.
From 30 October to December 2003 storms continues and states of alert, especially on October 31, and November 30 / December 1.
August 11, 2005: terrible storm over the city, with the highest in voltrese.
August 2006: storms continue.
August 13, 2006: The hail scariest of the last two decades of Genoa, with violent wind and intense electrical activity. It triggers the evening. Fell in one hour in some areas 200 mm of rain. Widespread flooding.
August 16 to 17, 2006: on the night fall 360 mm in Voltrese; the next night violent storm in the west and in the morning, disastrous storm in the center, with various and numerous flood flooding.
14 to 15 September 2006, a total of 250 mm of rain falling in 12 hours on the town. In the afternoon of the 15th a veritable typhoon rages on Genoa, with its epicenter in voltrese.
October 4, 2006: violent thunderstorm in the early afternoon on the west, with its epicenter in Sestri.
June 1, 2007: scary storm the city with its epicenter in the Levante area. Overflows the Nervi and collapse sections of relative sea promenade
From 10 May to 17 June 2008: nuibifragi continue, with violent wind on several occasions: evening of 30 May and 8 June around noon, accompanied by violent electric shock.
End of October / November 2008: storms continue
October / November 2009: storms continue
June 19, 2010: two-hour downpour in the late afternoon on the center and west. In the area Voltri fallen more than 200 mm. flooding everywhere.
August 13, 2010: terrible storm in the night: 220 mm in the area of Castelletto and from 100 to 300 mm over the entire city.
September 7, 2010: storm of huge proportions over the city. They fall in two hours 220 mm of rain, with flooding everywhere. Exceptional electrical discharges. Pledge flooded.
October 4, 2010: A Sestri, in 4 hours, fall 419 mm of water. Less in other areas. Sestri devastated and very impressed even the Polcevera. . . ”







Progressione o Regressione – 100 Anni Fa

Genova 1914

Il Telfer. Sullo sfondo, il molo Giano.

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Inaugurazione 1914

Chiusura 1918

Lunghezza 2,227 km

Numero stazioni 2

Mappa del tracciato

Telfer o Telfere elettrico era la linea ferroviaria monorotaia del tipo “a sella” costruita a Genova nel 1914, la prima di questo genere realizzata in Italia.

Il Telfer alla stazione conclusiva in prossimità dell’Esposizione

L’impianto fu studiato Bellani, Bonazzoli & C. e poi costruito costruito dalla Società anonima Antonio Badoni, in occasione dell’Esposizione internazionale di marina e igiene marinara, per collegare l’area di piazza di Francia (ovvero la parte sud-est dell’attuale piazza della Vittoria) al molo Giano del porto, in prossimità della nuova Capitaneria di Porto. Alla stazione di arrivo era presente anche un ristorante. La monorotaia era gestita dall’UITE (Società Unione Italiana Tramways Elettrici).

Il progetto era stato studiato per collegare Milano con la zona residenziale di Milanino, a circa 8 km dalla città, ma il progetto non ebbe seguito. Nel 1914 fu ripreso in considerazione dal Comitato per l’Esposizione internazionale di Genova, e qui costruito.

La monorotaia fu inaugurata il 18 giugno 1914, ebbe un notevole successo per tutta la durata dell’esposizione, poi venne modificata per il trasporto merci, in particolare carbone, dal porto agli stabilimenti posti lungo il Bisagno. La linea funzionò ancora per tutto il periodo bellico poi fu smantellata nel 1918.

Formata da un convoglio navetta simmetrico, corrente in sede propria formata da una trave sollevata da terra, con una rotaia di corsa alla sommità e due laterali per appoggio e guida. Per i cavalletti, relativamente piccoli e leggeri, si aveva un esteso impiego del cemento armato. la grande innovazione tecnica di quegli anni. La trave di appoggio aveva una sezione a T rovesciato, larghezza alla base 0,85 m ed altezza 1.90 m, alla sommità era fissata su longherine in quercia la rotaia Vignoles da 36 kg/m, poco sotto un ferro ad U su isolatori in vetro per l’alimentazione elettrica, lungo gli spigoli inferiori due guide per le ruote orrizzontali, ricavate da barre a L. Ogni tronco aveva la lunghezza di 60 m, suddiviso in quattro campate diseguali (13,25 m le esterne e 16,75 m le interne), era sostenuto da cinque cavalletti, di cui quello centrale rinforzato, con quattro gambe contro le due degli altri.

Il Telfer in moto presso la stazione di piazza di Francia

I veicoli posti a cavallo della trave e appoggiati su ruote centrali a doppio bordino, avevano cofani interni alti circa un metro per coprire le ruote alle estremità ed appendici laterali prolungate in basso per i rulli di guida.

I sedili era posti in quattro file longitudinali, due per lato, sovrapposte a gradinata, con la spalliera all’interno, i posti a sedere erano 38, in piedi 12 e si potevano ribaltare i sedili ottenendo 80 posti tutti in piedi. Porte di accesso tre per lato. Il locomotore aveva quattro ruote, tutte motrici, del diametro di 700 mm, ciascuna collegata ad un motore AEG -Thomson Houston da 40 HP a 500 V, regolazione mediante controller come i tram. Il freno era ad aria compressa a doppio ceppo per ogni ruota. In caso di guasto o mancanza di energia era previsto lo spostamento a mano, quattro uomini innestando manovelle con trasmissione ridotta agente su due ruote motrici, potevano spostare il treno sino in stazione. Il manovratore dalla cabina di guida centrale (il locomotore era posto in centro al convoglio, con due vagoni per parte) poteva vedere solo sporgendosi lateralmente, per questo motivo erano posti dispositivi di sicurezza automatici per l’arresto del treno in stazione. L’intero convoglio a pieno carico, portava circa 350 persone e pesava 80 tonnellate. Tutto il materiale rotabile era stato costruito dalla Carminati & Toselli di Milano.

Il Telfer in moto nel tratto di corso Aurelio Saffi

Il Telfer collegava la zona di piazza di Francia (attualmente estremità sud-est di piazza della Vittoria) col molo Giano: partendo in prossimità del ponte Bezzecca, traversava obliquamente con una campata di 28 m il corso Aurelio Saffi, poi seguiva in rettilineo via del Feritore lungo il torrenteBisagno, tenendosi adiacente al muraglione di sostegno del corso. Raggiunto il mare, la linea girava ad ovest e proseguiva sulla scogliera, sempre seguendo il muraglione; passava davanti a bagni popolari della Strega, poi con un’ampia curva si avvicinava all’antica batteria della Stella, che attraversava a raso entrando ed uscendo da finetroni allargati. Si proseguiva poi in rettilineo, tagliando in viadotto lo specchio d’acqua davanti ai bagni della Cava, per giungere alla base del molo Giano; con una stretta curva di appena 50 metri di raggio il Telfer si inseriva sul bordo esterno del muraglione, lo percorreva per circa 370 m per giungere sino alla stazione terminale in prossimità della torre dei piloti. L’intera tratta era lunga 2,227 km, con altezza media dal terreno di 4 metri, eccetto il breve tratto sul molo Giano, che era realizzato in legno, tutta la trave era in cemento armato appoggiato su 72 cavalletti  di cui un terzo in mare, il percorso veniva compiuto alla velocità di 20-30 km/h, in circa sette minuti. Il treno viaggiava ogni mezz’ora dalla 9:00 alle 24:00, biglietto di corsa semplice 1,00 lira (circa 3,70 euro attuali), andata e ritorno 1,50 lire (circa 5,50 euro attuali), riduzioni per azionisti, militari, ragazzi e comitive.



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Pegli (Pêgi inGenovese) is a residential neighborhood located on the western outskirts of Genoa bordered to the east by Multedo via the  bridge over the river and west of Varenna with Pra ‘.

Once a renowned health resort, is still the district west of Genoa that less has suffered the consequences of industrialization and has managed to maintain, at least in part, its ancient tourist. Even today it is popular in the summer by some foreign tourists. Retains the appearance of a fishing village to a time and thanks to the mild climate all year round, with its vast green areas  and the presence of numerous villas and museums of artistic and cultural, is still considered as one of the most beautiful and characteristic of the city.

Its name derives from the “Pyla Veituriorum” founded, as others in the area, from the Ligurian tribe Veturii.

The past can not be erased, who now comes to Pegli can be seen for more than two kilometers a stunning array of historic buildings surrounded by fishermen’s houses, remains of medieval and nineteenth-century buildings; the old town stretches with a maze of narrow streets and small squares that lead up to the “Palazzo del Papa” which refers to memory (recent) of Benedict XV, born Giacomo della Chiesa, the pope who called the first world war looming on ‘Europe useless massacre.

Notable throughout Pegli is the space that occupies the green due to the presence of numerous private villas and vast historical parks of great value, such as Villa Doria Centurion (115000 m² in a state of abandonment), Villa Durazzo-Pallavicini (97000 m² entrance fee , in deplorable state of decay), Villa Banfi Lomellini (18,000 m²) and Lomellini Villa Rosa (12,000 m²). All together occupy a total surface area of ​​242,000 m² making sure that the district is one of the richest in the city’s green.

The Villa Doria Centurion is a sixteenth century villa Pegli, Genoa.

The villa owes its present appearance to the work of Vannone who built it in 1592 on commission from Giovanni Andrea Doria.

He had two phases for the interior decoration: the first and the second mannerist Baroque, by Lazzaro Tavarone.

The villa is surrounded by a large park of 115,000 square meters in 2012 he was elected one of the twelve most beautiful parks in Italy. Inside arise a lookout tower with a square base built in 1591 and an artificial lake fed by the Rio Bows and originally connected by a wooden bridge; the center of the lake stands the elliptical amphitheater built by the architect Galeazzo Alessi Perugia, complete with fountains and statues of nymphs and satyrs.



The Villa Durazzo-Pallavicini is a villa with notable 19th century park in the English romantic style and a small botanical garden. The villa now houses the Museo di Archeologia Ligure, and is located at Via Pallavicini, 13, immediately next to the railway station in Pegli, a suburb of Genoa, Italy. The park and botanical garden are open daily.

The estate was begun in the late 17th century by Clelia Durazzo Grimaldi, who established the Giardino botanico Clelia Durazzo Grimaldi at that time. Today’s remarkable park was created by her nephew Ignazio Alessandro Pallavicini after he inherited the property.

The park was designed by Michele Canzio, set designer for the Teatro Carlo Felice, and built between 1840 and 1846. It covers some 97,000 m² of hillside behind the villa. Although recognizably in the English romantic style, the garden is highly theatric, to the point of being organized as a series of scenes forming a play with prologue and three acts (Return to Nature, Memory, Purification). Structures and statues through the garden form focal points to this libretto.

When the park opened in September 1846, on the occasion of the VIII Congresso degli Scienziati Italiani, it quickly gained national fame. In 1928 its current owner, Matilde Gustinani, donated both park and botanical garden to Genoa for use as a public park. Through the remainder of the 20th century, the garden fell into some disrepair, and indeed was threatened in 1972 by construction of a nearby highway. Its restoration began in 1991, however, in honor of Columbus’ discovery of America. As of 2006 about half of the park is open for visitors.

The park contains two ponds, a dozen notable structures, various statues, and an extensive grotto. The grotto represents a Dantesque Inferno, with walkways and subterranean lake through which the visitor may ascend to Paradise. In former years, visitors could explore the grotto by boat. Structures include a Coffee House in the shape of triumphal arch, Rustic House, Madonna’s Chapel, Mausoleum of the Captain, Temple of Diana, Flower House, Turkish Temple, Obelisk, and Chinese Pagoda.

The park also contains a number of plantings of botanical interest, including mature specimens of Araucaria bidwilli, Cedrus libani, Cinnamomum camphora’, Jubaea chilensis, Notelaea excelsa, Firmiana simplex,Quercus suber, Podocarpus macrophillus, lots of extotic palms and a wonderful stand of some 160 Camellia japonica.

Piazza of Perfect Love


This legend is well suited to the old streets full of history where there is also the square of the love perfect (but also the perfect alley-love).
The story goes that way back  in the summer of 1502 King Louis XII of France arrived in Genoa. His mission was to convince the Doges and noble to help in the fight against Spain. The first rollo had not yet been prepared, but perhaps a similar form of hospitality was already present.
The King during a reception he met with Thomasine which it was love at first sight. King Louis and Tomasina spent the whole night dancing, throwing glances filled with desire. Among them, however, there was only this, because the next morning the king had to leave.
Thomasine was upset by the pain of love so far is locked up in the house for no more out. The months passed, years passed and Thomasine was always there to destroy love for his king.
Hoping somehow to free her from the prison of pain in which he was locked up, the nurse Tomasina gave the false news of the death of Louis XII; it was then that tragedy happened: the heart of Thomasine not had the strength to stand up to a nozia so tragic.
Tomasina died.
When the King returned to Genoa, this time from the enemy, he wanted to go to see the house where Thomasine spent his last moments, and turning his eyes toward one of the windows of the house said, “It could have been a perfect love.”

This is the name that the square still has today.

Piazza S. Cosimo


The church of Santi Cosma e Damiano Genoa


Located at the site of an ancient oratory dedicated to the martyrs St. Cosma and Damian. The skull and tibia of the latter are presumably among the relics in the church. They were the patron saints of barbers and doctors. The first documents about the church date to 1049. In 1684, the church roof was damaged by the naval bombardment of the city. It was also damage in World War II. It contains a painting of Esther and Assuerus by Bernardo Castello and a Madonna and child with St Cosma and Damian by Gioacchino Assereto.




Chiesa dei Santi Cosma e Damiano – Genova

Fondata ai piedi della collina di Castello la chiesa dei santi Cosma e Damiano, che tradizionalmente si vuole fondata nel VII o nell’VIII secolo, resta inserita in un significativo nucleo protomedievale della città.
La chiesa appare oggi racchiusa in un fitto tessuto edilizio ampiamente ristrutturato a partire dalla fine del sec. XVII.






Già nel VII- VIII secolo sarebbe esistita in loco la cappella di una famiglia o di un gruppo artigiano. Della chiesa si ha notizia in forma autentica fin dall’anno 1041.La prima testimonianza circostanziata risale al 1049. Nel XII secolo San Damiano era “collegiata” e prevostura urbana delle più illustri. Nel 1296 la chiesa entrava in possesso delle reliquie di San Cosma, che Nicolò Spinola ed Enrico Mallone avevano recato da Costantinopoli.
Nel 1476 l’arte dei chirurghi e dei barbitonsori – di cui i Titolari sono per antichissima tradizione i santi patroni – fondava il sepolcro comune tuttora visibile in capo alla navata maggiore.
Alla fine del sec. XI o ai primi del successivo possono complessivamente datarsi i muri perimetrali e la zona delle absidi e del transetto.
Ai danni provocati dal bombardamento navale del 1684 da parte delle truppe francesi di Luigi XIV, seguiva il completo rifacimento delle coperture. In SS. Cosma e Damiano si è sostanzialmente mantenuta la pianta originaria a moderato sviluppo longitudinale.
Al robusto transetto, legato in alto da una cornice continua a sezione tonda, si raccorda la breve profondità delle tre absidi.
Nel fronte esterno dell’abside centrale è inserito un sarcofago tardoromano con ritratto clipeato retto da geni alati.
Nel portale, l’architrave romano di reimpiego è ornato da una fascia ad intarsi policromi medioevali. Sempre in facciata, alle semplici tombe ad arcosolio (sec.XII) ricavate nello zoccolo della facciata, si contrappone, poco più a lato e a destra del portale, la cosiddetta “tomba del Barisone” (sec.XIII) con arco a sesto acuto retto da colonnine.

Alla parete della navata destra sono collocate due grandi tele del XVIIsec.: un’anonima “Annunciazione” e “Ester con Assuero” attribuita a Bernardo Castello. In fondo alla stessa parete, ad un capo del transetto,” i Santi Cosma e Damiano che guariscono i malati”, di Gioacchino Assereto (Sec.XVII).
Una statua marmorea dell’Immacolata, attribuita a Pierre Puget (sec.XVII) è esposta sull’altare laterale nell’abside destra.
All’altare maggiore marmoreo seicentesco, si affianca nell’abside sinistra l’organo a canne costruito da Filippo Piccaluga e figlio nel 1765.
Nella navata sinistra: il “Transito di S.Giuseppe” di Giovanni Andrea De Ferrari (XVII).
All’ingresso dell’abside sinistra è collocato uno stupendo battistero medievale in marmo scolpito.

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Foto Studio Spagnoni + Mulas di Beatrice Spagoni e Michele Mulas.

Blue Jeans – Genoa

Gênes – Jeans

de Nimes – Denim

The story of jeans begins in the city of Genoa, in Italy, famous for its cotton corduroy. Jean fabric from Genoa (at that time) was in fact very similar to corduroy; Genoese sailors started to use it to cover and protect their goods on the docks from the weather.



During the Republic of Genoa, the jeans were exported by sailors of Genoa throughout Europe. Gênes, the French word for Genoa, may therefore be the origin of the word “jeans”. In the French city of Nimes, weavers tried to reproduce the fabric exactly, but without success. However, with experimentation, and through trial and error, they developed another twill fabric that became known as denim, literally “de Nimes”. Only at the end of the nineteenth century did jeans arrive in the United States.
200px-Levi_Strauss[1]A young man named Levi Strauss emigrated in 1851 from Germany to New York to be with his older brothers, who ran a dry goods store. In 1853 he moved to San Francisco to establish his own dry goods business.200px-Jacob_Davis[1]

In 1872, Jacob Davis, a tailor who frequently purchased bolts of cloth from the Levi Strauss & Co.
wholesale house, wrote to Levi asking to partner with him to patent and sell clothing reinforced with rivets.[1] Davis’ idea was to use copper rivets to reinforce the points of stress, such as on the pocket corners and at the bottom of the button fly. After Levi accepted Davis’s offer, the two men received US patent No. 139,121, for an “Improvement in Fastening Pocket-Openings,” on May 20, 1873.[3]

An oft-told “attractive myth” is that Levi initially sold brown canvas pants to miners, eventually dyed them blue, turned to using denim, and after Davis wrote to him, Levi added rivets to his blue jeans. However, this story is false and probably due to the discovery of jeans made of brown cotton duck (a type of bottomweight fabric), which was one of the early materials used by Davis and Levi Strauss after 1873. Finding denim a more suitable material for work-pants, they began using it to manufacture their riveted pants. The denim used was produced by an American textile manufacturer, but popular legend states the denim was obtained from Nimes, France.



Tick Tock goes the clock

Sitting in Silence and the Clock Ticks

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Looking around me in the kitchen, the clock ticks but the hands don’t move, at least it’s right twice a day.

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Burnt Out

A few years back we bought a small house 65mq on the hills of Genoa,with a great view. I restructured the whole place on my own. Only a fool would do it, but I did it.

enthusiasm-concept-25321629[1]A hard hard hard job, but done with joy and enthusiasm. The took me about 5 years, spare time,weekends,holidays,ecc. Lorry loads of debris, and other lorry loads of sand,cement and lime.

Had no building,renovating  experience before,  but took of all the plaster 4/5 inches in places and put it back up again.

Because the structural walls were stone some about a meter wide, the only way to straighten walls was with the plaster (Sand,Lime, and very little cement).

First wall that I did is still crooked, but at the end I got great straight walls, perfectly finished. My friend Tonino O’Napolitano give me advice on certain matters, considered the advice and sometimes took it or did it my own way.

Nitro Glycerine.

Talking to another may who had house there and some land with horses, stables finer than a house (the man had lots of money and only did it for a hobby, he was a carburator expert) he told me that during the war the fighter pilots when in combat could use Nitro glycerine to have an engine boost but only for a very very short time, if used continiously the engine would burn out.

He said go easy or you’ll Burn Out.

A view from the window of the house (San Pantaleo Genoa)



Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

Forget it.

Three Badante in a boat (With me as the dog).

Badante:  A person who looks after old or infirm people.
The story of Zoya,Galina and Svetlina
ruby-2301[1]An attractive ucranian woman about 50 odd , contacted via telephone to stay with  my wife in hospital during the night. Met her the day after,asked about the night passed with my wife ,her how did it go ?, how was my wife,did she sleep ecc……..On the fourth day (I dunno know what god did on the 4° day , but will investigate) she came to our house, just me alone.
Conversation “What is a good looking young man like you doing with a woman like that, she’s old, get yourself a younger woman,shave off that beard which makes you look older and start living” and she offered services. Very attractive.
In Italy or at least in Genoa we call them “Troie” in English”bitches” and “‘ho’s
Bye Bye Zoya


peasant_woman[1]My wife was discharged from hospital ,contacted via telephone another ucranian woman, hefty build  peasant type about 55 odd  to stay at our house 24/7 live in, cook,clean,meals and look after my now bedridden wife. She could cook and clean the house Ok, wash,iron,dust, polish,but had very little experience of the handling of an infirm person, after 4 days (again the 4° day) her trial period ended and she left to be replaced by yet another badante.
Bye Bye Galina


Zhukova[1]Third time lucky ?
Contacted via telephone yet another ucranian woman (my Italian badante dealer Neirina had only Ucranians,Russians,or Bulgarian women). I explained that  I needed a person who loked after the personal care of my wife, not interested in much housework. She told me that the person had some hospital care experience, and she had. Again 24/7. But…… There is always the but, the situation in Ucraine was  preoccupying, mother not well, sister unemployed,daughter unhappily marrried. She was very pro russian, the good old days of the USSR, Putin a great guy ecc….. Found BBC russian on the internet for her to watch ecc…….. Again on the 4° day (again), she was worn out and nervous and tired and myself more ever so,we agreed to change from 24/7 to only the night turn 20.00 to 08.00 in the morning with a newly graduaded young female nurse during the daytime (still here after about 7/8 days and my wife says she gives her good vibes, even if she is a bit of a brain basher after a while). The situation ended up that the  badante was walking me up at 4 or 5 o’clock in the morning cos’ my wife was getting anxious, the badante anxious, so it ended up John,john………………….. and no sleep

Bye Bye Svetlana

Hello Monica
$T2eC16hHJHIE9nysfrP7BRE9kt7WF!~~60_35[1]The other day I telefoned a Nurses Cooperative (ABA Studio Infermieristico Associato here in Genoa) and a professional nurse named Monica came (a little lightly built woman about 7stone from Ecuador), so delicate and caring. The first thing she did after changing into her white nurses uniform was to clean my wifes mouth with love and care using a special cloth, then got my wife to rinse her mouth.
Angels exist. I woke up the same at about 5 o’clock, then back to bed, everything under control.

What god did on the fourth day ?
On the fourth day, God created the sun, moon and stars.
Good man yerself

Plus many thanks to all the professional help and care from all the people involved in Gigi Ghirotti
Sito dell’Associazione Gigi Ghirotti O.N.L.U.S. di Genova

ABA Studio Infermieristico Associato

Genoa G8 – 13 Years After

Yesterday just passed by Piazza Alimonda in Genoa, where Carlo Giuliani died during the violence which occured 13 years ago.

Apart from the young man’s tragic death many other people suffered violence and torture at the prison nearby Bolzaneto.
Only now some of the perperuators of this have been brought to trial.


The Nice Guys
Leaders at the G-8 economic summit including (From L) Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, US President George W. Bush, French President Jacques Chirac, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Russian President Vladamir Putin, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, and EU President Romano Prodi pose for a group photo at the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, Italy 22 July, 2001 at the end of the G8 three-day summit.
Leaders at the G-8 economic summit inclu
Photo credit PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images)

Police look on ………………………. And the beat goes on
Dead man not walking

The Iron Heel

Chronicle of the rise of an oligarchic tyranny in the United States. It is arguably the novel in which Jack London’s socialist views are most explicitly on display. A forerunner of soft science fiction novels and stories of the 1960s and ’70s, the book stresses future changes in society and politics while paying much less attention to technological changes

Brutality on the helpless
Policeman in the yellow shirt kicks young defenceless boy

Take your Pick
OTR’s On the run
Everything under control