vow to the Virgin Mary...

Livorno, Porto Mediceo, early twentieth century...

Our history

Our history dates back to1885 when Captain Antonio Ciano, on board the ship "La Divina Provvidenza", capsized in the middle of a storm off the Ligurian Coast.

As the seas roared around him he made a vow to the Virgin Mary that if he was saved he would never take to the sea again.

After his survival he set up his own business as ship chandler.

That was back in 1885 - since then over the years the trade has been handed down from father to son with passion and dedication.

Today, Mario Ciano is the Managing Director of Sosema, the flourishing modern company which developed from such uncertain beginnings.

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