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December 22, 2022

30 Gorgeous Old Pictures Capture Italy in Winter From the 1930s to 1970s

Italy is a magical place at any time of the year, but when you think of it, you may imagine sunning yourself on the Italian Riviera, exploring Roman ruins, wandering around a warm vineyard in Tuscany or enjoying the city heat. Widely considered a summer destination, Italy, however, takes on a distinctive charm of its own in winter. 

Take a look at Italy during winter through these stunning vintage pictures from the 1930s to 1970s:

View from Cathedral in the winter, Milan, 1934.

Snow thawing created a flood in front of the Piazza San Marco in Venice, 1933.

People in Piazza del Duomo in a misty winter afternoon, Milan, 1934.

A watchman runs the traffic on a sunny winter morning, Milan, 1934.

Ice skaters on Spinone lake, Lombardy, 1930s.

Cortina d'Ampezzo, 1930.

A ski class in Cortina, 1920s-30s.

A family enjoying their Sunday, 1930s.

Piemonte, 1930s-40s.

Fir forest, Valleambrosia, Tuscany, 1930s-40s.

Piazza Oberdan in the snow, Milan, 1939. (Fototeca Gilardi)

Naples covered with snow, 1940.

Skaters in Bormio, 1940.

A young couple sitting on a bench in Piazza Donatello, Florence, 1950s. (Vincenzo Balocchi)

Men lighting fireworks, Sicily, 1950s. (Mario De Biasi)

Turin under the snow, Piemonte, 1950.

Little boy crouching and making a snowman in a park after a snowfall, Milan, 1950s. (Mario De Biasi)

Children playing on a slope covered with snow in a park after a snowfall, Milan, 1950s. (Mario De Biasi)

The French team heading to the Ice Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 7th Olympic Winter Games, Cortina, 1956.

A little boy looking at a Christmas shop window display in Rome, 1957.

Vespa at the park during winter, Milan, 1958.

The Naviglio Grande under the snow, Milan, 1958.

Father and son shopping for Christmas, Milan, 1958.

A painter in the winter, Dolomites, 1959. (Jean-Philippe Charbonnier)

A couple sitting on a bench during the winter in Rome, circa 1960.

A young woman trying to protect herself from the cold during winter, 1961. (Walter Mori)

Carcoforo inhabitants at a square of the village, 1960s.

Piazza San Marco covered in snow, 1963.

Snowball fight at Trinita Dei Monti during a cold wave in Rome, 1969.

Oh Bej! Oh Bej! Fair, Milan, 1970s.


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