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November 22, 2022

30 Vibrant Kodachrome Photos of Italy in 1954

These gorgeous pictures were taken by Julia Vanderveer Rees (1896 — 1997) during her trip to Italy in 1954. Vanderveer Rees, along with her husband John Owen Rees, traveled the world in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, due to Mr. Rees' position as an economic advisor with the United States government. 

Take a look back at Italy in 1954 through these beautiful Kodachrome slides taken by Mrs. Rees. For more fantastic vintage pictures, make sure to visit gbfernie5's brilliant collections on Flickr.

Piazza San Marco, Venice.

Northerly view from Fondamenta Furlani (near the bridge on Salizzada dei Greci), along Rio de la Pleta, Venice.

Riva degli Schiavoni, Venice.

Piazzetta, Venice.

Bridge of Sighs, Venice.

Gondolier, Venice.

View from Ponte de la Guerra of Rio di San Zulian, Venice.

Torre dell'Orologio on St Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco), Venice.

View from Castle St Angelo of Via Della Conciliazione and St Peter's Basilica, Rome.

Castel St Angelo, Rome.

Spanish Steps, Rome.

Mamertine Prison, now the Church of S. Pietro in Carcere, and above it the Church of San Giuseppe dei Falegnami, Rome.


House of the Faun, Pompeii.

St Peter's Cathedral, Vatican City.

Pope Pius XII in the Internal Courtyard of the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo.

Repairing bomb damage in the Monumental Cemetery, Pisa.

Casa Guidi, 2 Via Mazzetta, Florence.

Ponte Vecchio (and behind it the temporary steel bridges constructed after WW2), Florence.

Scalinata del Milite Ignoto, viewed from Via Armando Diaz Genoa.

Marina Grande, Capri.

A folkloric performance in Piazza Umberto, Capri.

At the Hotel Luna Convento, Amalfi.

Piazza Tasso, Sorrento.

Corner of Via Luigi de Maio and Via S. Francesco, near Albergo la Terrazza Ristorante di Mare, Sorrento.

The Maritime Passenger Terminal Building, Port of Naples.

View from City Museum of San Domenico Basilica, Perugia

32 Lungo Mare Vittorio Veneto, Rapallo, Liguria.

Lungomare Vittorio Veneto, Rapallo, Liguria.

Rapallo, Liguria.


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