Photographer's Note

White beaches (Spiaggie bianche) near a small town of Vada located about 20 km southwards from Livorno offer a feeling of Indian ocean paradises. White sand and screamingly turquoise and almost milk-colored water are something I donīt expect on European sea shores.

The white sand can be pretty dangerous too - it reflects so much of sun rays that sunbathing can be pretty risky. In spite of reading how careful people should be when sunbathing on these beaches, I got sunburned and looked like grilled lobster just in one afternoon.

It is strange that the white beaches are only about 3 km long, everywhere else there is "regular" yellow sand. Maybe the color of the sand is somehow connected to a nearby nuclear power plant and a refinery (or some other chemical factory) in Rosignano Solvay? Because the white sands start just where a water channel to these plants ends in the sea. You can easily see that from satellite views.

Anyway, what in the world is in the water? It can be some kind of water shaft or is it a bunker? I never found out.

The line in the background should be a pier for natural gas tankers. It is about 1 km long.

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