Blog 2020Thursday May 7th, 2020

A different perspective about Rome during the lockdown 2020

Few days after having completed my work about Naples during the lockdown, I left for Rome to photograph the Italian capital as well, during these dark times. Rome is normally packed with tourists, in any season, specially around those famous spots as Fontana di Trevi or piazza Navona, just to name two.

It has always been difficult, for me, to get a clean, professional shot of those “hotspots” during normal times because overcrowded. A human wall so thick to make impossible, most of the time, to reach the first row in front of the masterpiece you want to admire. I was wondering, on my way to Rome, if also in such a difficult time like the one we are in, the situation would have been the same, better o worse. Of course, there is a lockdown in place, all over Italy, but Rome is still a city of 3 million of people and many of them still have to move either to commute to work or to buy food. So, I was expecting a certain amount of passers by around.

I found an empty city. I basically was by myself with the constant presence of the Police at any corner. I had the chance to admire and photograph masterpieces like Fontana di Trevi as well as La Barcaccia in piazza di Spagna totally alone. I did understand, in a certain way, what the Stendhal syndrome feels like when standing in front of such overwhelming beauty. I finally had the time and chance to get a full shot of such attractions without being shaken by the crowd around me or being obliged to crop the frame because of the arms and legs halfway in the shot. 

I’m not happy about the fact of being alone in a city. A city is a live environment where human beings live, interact, shout and eat, all together. Moving around an empty and silent city is very nice for a short while. After that it gets uncomfortable to be all alone. Shops, streets, music, all is shut down and this kind of “day after” situation is definitely gives goosebumps. But I also realized, comparing these moments with those of the normal life, that maybe we are too many in some places. Of course I understand that everybody wants to see the beauty that the world has to offer. But I also think that access should be, in some way, controlled to avoid the making of a visit, a moment dreamt an entire life, a nightmare.

Going back to my experience in Rome, I definitely felt privileged to photograph and visit Rome in such occasion and being aware of that I like to share here some of the shots showing an unexpected side of Rome, with almost no human presence. A great opportunity but with the hope this will be the very last time to live such a situation. To whom it may be interested, I post the link to an article that the online travel magazine, LatitudesLife, published about my work in Rome. The last lines are to say “Thank you” to the law enforcement, particularly the Vigili di Roma Capitale and Carabinieri, the two “corps” I interacted the most since they stopped me very often to check on my reasons to be around.  They have always been very kind and professional keeping at the minimum the checking time. We shared the days of Easter and Easter Monday on the streets of Rome, smiling and waving at each other while exchanging the best wishes. These following pictures want to be, in some way, a tribute to those women and men as well as doctors and nurses that had to spend their lives and times to take care of our safety and health.  

Italy, Lazio, Rome – aerial view in the early morning of the river Tiber, Sant’Angelo bridge with the castle and, in the distance, the dome of St. Peter

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Sant’Angelo bridge and castle

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Sant’Angelo bridge

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – aerial view over Tiber river, Sant’Angelo bridge and castle and, in the distance, the Vatican, with St. Peter square

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – aerial view of Piazza di Trevi with the Fontana di Trevi

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Piazza di Trevi with the Fontana di Trevi

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Fontana di Trevi – marble group

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Fontana di Trevi – marble group

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Fontana di Trevi – marble group

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – piazza del Campidoglio

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Campidoglio and, on the top of the stairs, the Sala della Protomoteca

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Campidoglio, on the right. On the left, Basilica di Santa Maria in Ara Coeli

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Campidoglio with the Palazzo Nuovo on the left, home of Musei Capitolini and Palazzo dei Conservatori on the right

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Altare della Patria also known as Vittoriano

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Foro di Traiano

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Foro di Traiano with the church del Santissimo Nome di Maria al Foro Traiano

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Vittoriano in piazza Venezia

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Vittoriano in piazza Venezia

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – The Arch of Constantine, Arco di Costantino and, behind, the Coliseum

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Coliseum, Colosseo with the Arch of Titus in the background

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Next to the Colosseo, on the left, the Arch of Constantine

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Coliseum, Colosseo

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – the Vatican with the long via della Conciliazione ending in St. Peter Square

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – the Vatican, St. Peter Square

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – the Vatican, St. Peter Square

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – the Vatican, St. Peter Square

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – the Vatican, St. Peter Square

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – the Vatican, via della Conciliazione in the sunrise light

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – the Vatican, St. Peter Square

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – the Vatican, St. Peter Square

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – the Vatican, St. Peter Square

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – the Vatican, St. Peter Square

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Piazza del Quirinale. Fontana dei Dioscuri

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Piazza del Quirinale. Palazzo della Consulta and Fontana dei Dioscuri on the right. Palazzo del Quirinale, home of the President of the Italian Republic, on the left

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Piazza del Quirinale

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – piazza del Quirinale with the Palace home of the President of the Republic

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – piazza del Quirinale with the Palace home of the President of the Republic on the left

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – piazza Navona. Fontana del Nettuno

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – piazza Navona. Fontana del Moro

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – piazza Navona. Fontana del Moro at dusk

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – piazza Navona. The central marble fountain is known as Fontana dei 4 fiumi or, shorter, Fontana dei Fiumi. Detail

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – piazza Navona, Fontana del Nettuno

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – piazza Navona. The central marble fountain is known as Fontana dei 4 fiumi or, shorter, Fontana dei Fiumi. Behind the fountain the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – entering piazza Navona

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – piazza Navona. The central marble fountain is known as Fontana dei 4 fiumi or, shorter, Fontana dei Fiumi. Behind the fountain the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – piazza Navona. The central marble fountain is known as Fontana dei 4 fiumi or, shorter, Fontana dei Fiumi

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – aerial view over Piazza di Spagna and Trinità dei Monti

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Piazza di Spagna and Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Trinità dei Monti with Piazza di Spagna. In the foreground the baroque fountain called La Barcaccia by Gian Lorenzo Bernini

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Trinità dei Monti with Piazza di Spagna

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – aerial view over Piazza di Spagna and Trinità dei Monti. The domes in the foreground belong to the church of Trinità dei Monti

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Trinità dei Monti with Piazza di Spagna

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Trinità dei Monti with Piazza di Spagna. In the foreground the baroque fountain called La Barcaccia by Gian Lorenzo Bernini

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – piazza del Popolo as seen from Belvedere del Pincio

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – piazza del Popolo as seen from via del Babuino

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Piazza del Popolo. The central obelisk and, behind, the twin churches Santa Maria in Montesanto (1675) left and Santa Maria dei Miracoli (1678) right

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Piazza della Rotonda, Pantheon

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Piazza della Rotonda, Pantheon

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Piazza della Rotonda, Pantheon. Fontana del Pantheon

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Piazza del Popolo. One of the four lions at the steps of the central obelisk. In the background the church of Santa Maria in Montesanto (1675)

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Piazza della Rotonda, Pantheon.

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Fontana del Pantheon in Piazza della Rotonda (detail). On the wall, the Madonella

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Piazza della Repubblica with the central Fountain of Naiadi

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – piazza di Pietra (Piazza of Stone – derived from use of the temple’s stones to build the piazza) with the remains of the temple of Hadrian, which have been incorporated into a later building in the Piazza di Pietra, whereby its facade, alongside the architrave which was reconstructed later on, was incorporated into a 17th-century papal palace by Carlo Fontana, now occupied by Rome’s Chamber of Commerce

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Piazza dell’Esquilino with the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – piazza San Giovanni in Laterano

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Belvedere del Pincio, Villa Borghese

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Campo de’ Fiori

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – the Bocca della Verità in Piazza Bocca della Verità

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – The Complex of the Four Fountains is located on the namesake street of Rome, that is, on Via delle Quattro Fontane, at the junction of this street with Via del Quirinale. Originally, they were part of the Acqua Felice aqueduct

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – via delle Botteghe Oscure completely empty

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Trastevere, via della Paglia

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – view over the square of S. Maria in Trastevere as seen from the Basilica of S. Maria in Trastevere

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – view over the Parlamento as seen from via del Parlamento

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – Piazza San Bernardo, Fontana del Mosè. Behind that, on the left, the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – aerial view over isola Tiberina

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – votive chapel between Corso del Rinascimento and via dei Canestrari

 

Italy, Lazio, Rome – EUR district. Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana

 

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