Old Pictures

Old photos help us to travel back in time.
You can see places, squares, streets, people as they were: everyday life in a snapshot.
Everyone keeps old pictures somewhere to remember moments and loved ones, a treasure of memories. Many photos have been lost over time.

Old Photos of Italian Towns

Fortunately there are those who patiently collected over decades photos and images that are now history. Finding an old image of your old towns allows you to be close to your ancestors' world. Often you will see people posing: in the early 1900s, the presence of a photographer taking pictures was a real event in the smaller towns. Men, women, kids, stopped to watch what was happening and remained immortalized in the picture. Other scenes are more natural, a family around a dinner table, a man working, people walking in the center of the town. Looking at those faces, you seem to recognize familiar people and why not? You might be lucky enough to really find some of your ancestors. At ItalianSide.com we have many images archived from almost every Italian town and village (more than 90%!). Many friends with Italian roots visiting us here in Italy asked if it was possible to enlarge images where they saw "someone" they thought they knew. Others from abroad asked a vintage image of their ancestral village to feel closer to their origins. An old picture allows you to travel back in time with your imagination. Forever.
We are working to put online our photos archives or a part of them. (read more here)