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August 11, 2022

Everyday Life of Italy in the 1950s Through Fascinating Color Photos

Italian lifestyles in the 1950s are best remembered as glamorous thanks to the cinematic contributions of Sophia Loren and Federico Fellini. Conversely, the lifestyles are also remembered for the crushing poverty reflected in the eyes of the neorealist films of Roberto Rossellini. The truth is pretty close to the lives reflected in both of those types of films.

Italians of the 1950s saw an economic explosion that resulted in the rise of living standards. Despite this rise, many southern Italians remained in poverty necessitating moves to the more prosperous north.

These fascinating color photos from Found Slides that captured everyday life of Italy in 1954.

Florence. Church and square near Hotel Excelsior, Italy, 1954

Florence. Hotel Excelsior, Italy, 1954

Florence. Ponte Vecchio, Italy, 1954

Genoa street scenes, Italy, 1954

Lago di Garda. Salò, Italy, 1954

Milan. Business Arcade, Italy, 1954

Milan. Street car at Central Station, Italy, 1954

Naples street scenes, Italy, 1954

Naples. Carts, Italy, 1954

Naples. Carts, Italy, 1954

Naples. Carts, Italy, 1954

Naples. Carts, Italy, 1954

Perugia market, Italy, 1954

Perugia market, Italy, 1954

Perugia. Hotel Brufani, Italy, 1954

Pisa. Tower and gelati, Italy, 1954

Rimini. Fishing boats, Italy, 1954

Rome. Colosseum, Italy, 1954

Rome. Entrance to Vatican, Italy, 1954

Rome. Pantheon, Italy, 1954

Rome. St Peters, Italy, 1954

Rome. Supreme Court Building, Italy, 1954

Rome. Via Vittorio Veneto, Italy, 1954

Siena, Italy, 1954

Siena. Excelsior Hotel, Italy, 1954

Siena. Piazza Del Campo, Italy, 1954

Sorrento. Church Clock Tower, Italy, 1954

Sorrento. From the harbor, Italy, 1954

Trieste harbor, Italy, 1954

Trieste Piazza, Italy, 1954

Trieste, Italy, 1954

Venice street scenes, Italy, 1954

Venice, Italy, 1954

Venice, Italy, 1954

Venice, Italy, 1954

Venice, Italy, 1954

Venice. Boarding a gondola, Italy, 1954

Venice. Bridge of Sighs, Italy, 1954

Venice. Clock near St Mark's Cathedral, Italy, 1954

Venice. Courtyard of Doge's Palace, Italy, 1954

Venice. Doge's Palace, Italy, 1954

Venice. Piazza San Marco, Italy, 1954

Venice. Rialto Bridge, Italy, 1954

Venice. St Mark's Square, Italy, 1954

Viareggio. Flower merchant, Italy, 1954

Viareggio. Flowers, Italy, 1954

Viareggio. Street scene facing beach, Italy, 1954




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