After our first look at Milan in vintage pictures, this next instalment shows an important crossroads in the city that is unfortunately no longer the pleasant scene in the photograph above. The unrecognisable gem with the little garden and Birra Italia sign above is, in fact, Piazzale Loreto. See it on Google Maps now and you start to understand the elegance of Milan….once upon a time.
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This picture from Italy shows Milan before the bombings of WWII ruined some of its splendour. We can see the elegant buildings and wide avenues still standing and sometimes even now, in the nothern Italian city of commerce, we get a glimpse of those bygone times.
The photograph in question shows Corso Matteotti in the San Babila area. Check out Milan on Google Maps to see the street view of the two lovely buildings on the left, albeit with street works going on in front.
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Driving in Italy wouldn’t be complete without experiencing Rome’s traffic and laissez faire parking rules. In the following gallery of pictures from Italy you will see everything from a police car occupying the pedestrian crossing, to multiple large and expensive vehicles taking up the footpath space. While they’re not all luxury vehicles, most of them are which firstly begs the question as to why anyone would want to risk their BMW on the streets of Rome, and secondly whether it’s rich people who have no sense of sharing civil space in a crowded city…. When in Rome!
This wonderful Italian picture shows just how much the Italians take their coffee seriously. The owner of this bike is using a little gas burner to make his Moka coffee off the back of his Moto Guzzi Stelvio bike. What’s more, the gas burner looks like a custom fit for the bike’s rear end - could Moto Guzzi be going into the motorcycle coffee accessory business?
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These amazing photographs are part of Eric “The Incredimazing” Fischer’s Geotaggers World Atlas. The purpose of these particular images has been to filter what locals vs tourists photographs in some of the world’s big tourism locations. The blue areas are local photographs, while the red areas are tourists. The yellow dots are where it can’t be determined (but most likely they’re tourists).
Unsurprisingly, Rome and Venice are cities almost entirely photographed by tourists. The red areas of Rome in this image, in fact, represent St Peter’s Square, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Las Vegas is also a city almost exclusively photographed by tourists, while Vancouver enjoys more local photographers.
This lovely picture of a Milan street could nearly have been taken 50 years ago when the original Fiat 500 cars dominated the streets. But in a quiet moment in the bustling city, Cesare from 02blog.it managed to snap this shot of a Fiat 500 parked in a paved side street with traditional street lamp. Apart from a couple of the more glaring modern aspects of the photo (the parking stripes and signs), there is one detail that shows this is very much the modern era. Can you find it…?
Everyone has their own Italian landscape love affair, whether it be the tame, olive-groved countryside of Tuscany, the Mediterranean blue of Campania or the more dramatic mountainous landscapes of the north. This beautiful aerial photograph of the Peaks of the Brenta in the Trentino part of the Dolomites comes from Luca Bertagnolio and Anthinula Tori who seem to be aviators intent on snapping some of Italy’s most beautiful scenes. See more of their pictures on Italian Notebook.