16 Vintage Photos That Show How Idyllic Italy Was In The 1980s


Charles Truab is a photographer and traveler who has been documenting the world. During his first trip to Italy in 1980s, he traveled to various parts of Italy each year, staying for 2 or 3 weeks at a time, to photograph what he called La Dolce Via, or the Sweet Way, a reference to the exuberant street life that has long been a hallmark of Italian culture.

The street culture and leisurely pace that Traub documented is now mostly gone, he says, as Italy struggles to keep up with the competitive global economy. Traub calls his work from this period “a time capsule” to an Italy that no longer exists.

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#1 Agrigento, 1981
Vintage photo of Italy 1980
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#2 Venice, 1981
Vintage photo of Italy 1980
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#3 Rome, 1980
Vintage photo of Italy 1980
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#4 Naples, 1981
Vintage photo of Italy 1980
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#5 Naples, 1981
Vintage photo of Italy 1980
Charles Truab
#6 Rome, 1981
Vintage photo of Italy 1980
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#7 Milan, 1981
Vintage photo of Italy 1980
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#8 Florence, 1981
Vintage photo of Italy 1980
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#9 Rome, 1981
Vintage photo of Italy 1980
Charles Truab
#10 Rome, 1982
Vintage photo of Italy 1980
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#11 Naples, 1982
Vintage photo of Italy 1980
Charles Truab
#12 Rome, 1982
Vintage photo of Italy 1980
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#13 Naples, 1982
Vintage photo of Italy 1980
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#14 Florence, 1982
Vintage photo of Italy 1980
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#15 Reggio Emilia, 1983
Vintage photo of Italy 1980
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#16 Naples, 1985
Vintage photo of Italy 1980
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