Vintage: Italy (19th Century)

Vintage: Italy (19th Century)

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In many ways, the roots of several well known aspects of Italian culture find their origin in the 19th century. The land, the food and the people were all shaped by warfare, struggle and the desire for independence. Most of the men who fought for freedom during this period were peasants, seeking a chance for something better. Northern Italy, mostly under direct influence of Austria and the House of Savoy saw the emergence of industry; however life was hard for most Italians, who remained poor.

Southern Italy fared worse than the North: neglect and the oppression of wealthy European landlords who exploited local peasants to tend their lands, created the basis for the later Mafia organizations.

Old Palace from the Boboli Garden, Florence, circa 1865

Old Palace from the Boboli Garden, Florence, circa 1865

Riviera di Chiaia, Naples, circa 1865

Riviera di Chiaia, Naples, circa 1865

Topographical view of Monreale, Sicily, circa 1865

Topographical view of Monreale, Sicily, circa 1865

Via Appia, Rome, circa 1865

Via Appia, Rome, circa 1865

Dancing the Tarentella, Naples, circa 1875

Dancing the Tarentella, Naples, circa 1875

Facades in S. Lucia, Naples, circa 1878

Facades in S. Lucia, Naples, circa 1878

Messina harbour, circa 1862

Messina harbour, circa 1862

Via Roma, Napoli, circa 1880

Via Roma, Napoli, circa 1880

Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, 1883

Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, 1883

Capri, 1888

Capri, 1888

Oxen and carts, Rome, circa, 1862

Oxen and carts, Rome, circa, 1862

Piazza del Campidoglio from Palazzo Senatorio, Rome, circa 1862

Piazza del Campidoglio from Palazzo Senatorio, Rome, circa 1862

The market, Piazza Navona, Rome, 1865

The market, Piazza Navona, Rome, 1865

Amalfi Marina, circa 1865

Amalfi Marina, circa 1865


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