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Pictures of Italy

photos of Rome, Pompeii, the Amalfi coast, and Naples. Featuring: Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Arch of Constantine, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Fountains of Trevi, and Ventimiglia, by photographer David Henry. Regardez cette page en français

All of these pictures are available as high-resolution TIFF image files, and naturally, any of these pictures can be converted to black and white. Many others were taken at each photo shoot, so there are plenty of other choices if you don’t see exactly what you are looking for.


Construction of Saint Peter’s was started in 1506 and was finished in 1626

The interior of Saint Peter’s Basilica, in Rome, viewed from Saint Peter’s Portico, the main entrance way

The bottom part of the sculpture has drapery carved out of marble, so perfectly sculpted that you could almost believe it to be fabric.

Pope Alexander the 7th’s tomb in Saint Peter’s basilica in Rome

Around one of the lower rings of the dome is the inscription in Latin: “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and I will give thee the keys of Heaven.”

The ceiling of the dome of Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Rome

A statue of one of the popes inside Saint Peter’s basilica, Rome

A sculpture of a pope in Saint Peter’s cathedral, Rome

It is possible to see much more color and nuance in the architectural details in photographs, as compared to the naked eye

A view of the ceiling at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome

The current structure dates from the 16th century

Inside Saint Peter’s, Rome

Way off in the distance you can see Castello Sant’ Angelo

The view from the roof of Saint Peter’s, Rome

The last stop for many visitors to the basilica, the rooftop is effectively another public square, featuring a souvenir shop and a mailbox to mail postcards postmarked from Vatican City.

The outside of the main dome, viewed from the roof top of Saint Peter’s

Religious souvenir statues for sale in a shop window not far from Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Religious souvenirs near Saint Peter’s

Built to commemorate Constantine’s victory over Maxentius at the battle of the Milvian Bridge

The Arch of Constantine, Rome

Officially known as the Anfiteatro Flavio, the Colosseum was built in 72 ad by Vespasian and finished eight years after by his son Titus.

The Colosseum, seen from a bridge over the end of via degli Annibaldi, Rome

Games held to mark the inauguration of the Colosseum lasted 100 days, during which some 5,000 wild animals perished.

The inside of the Colosseum

Damaged several times by earthquakes, the Coloseum was later used as a quarry for travertine and marble for the Palazzo Venizia and other buildings in Rome.

The Colosseum under the setting sun

Arcus Tito commemorates the victory of the emperors Vespasian and Titus in Judea in 70 ad, which lead to the conquest of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Jewish temple there.

The west side of the Arch of Titus bathed in afternoon sun

Arcus Tito, at the east entrance to the Roman Forum, on the Via Sacra, south of the Temple of Amor and Roma, near the Colosseum.

The upper portion of the Arch of Titus

Dedicated 6 AD to Castor and Pollux, Greek gods whose cult was brought to Rome in the 5th century BC

Columns of the Temple to the Dioscuri in the Roman Forum

The current temple dates from 191 BC, when Julia Domna, wife of the emperor Septimius Severus, ordered a thorough restoration

The Temple of Vesta in the Roman Forum

The temple had a conical roof open at the top to let out smoke from the sacred fire constantly burning inside.

The columns of the Temple of Vesta in the Roman Forum

Built inside the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina…

The Church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, the Roman Forum

Located on the Via Sacra between the Temple of Romulus and the Basilica Aemilia, the Templum Divi Antonini et Divae Faustinae was built by the emperor Antoninus Pius shortly after the death of his wife Faustina (the Elder) in 141 ad.

The Church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, the Roman Forum

To the left you can see the Church of Saint Laurence in Miranda

Looking south over the Forum, Rome

The Tiber is not too deep, so the water swirls around the bridge’s pylons

The oldest bridge over the Tiber River, Rome

In the 18th century, the most beautiful women and men of Italy gathered at the Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti in hopes of being chosen as an artists’ model.

The Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna

Built upon Hadrian’s mausoleum

Castello Sant’ Angelo, a papal fortress dating from 590 ad, Rome

The marble statue of Archangel Michael in the Courtyard of the Angel was originally on the top of Castello Sant’ Angelo, it was replaced by a copy in bronze

A statue in the Courtyard of Honor at Castello Sant’ Angelo

The Fountains of Trevi were commissioned in 1640 by Pope Urban VIII and finished in 1762. They are built upon the rear façade of Palazzo dei duchi di Poli

The Fountain of Trevi, in Rome

Represented in the Trevi fountains’ sculptures are: Abundance, the Ocean, with Neptune, directing sea horses being ridden by Tritons, and Good Health

The Trevi Fountain mark the endpoint of the Aqua Vergine aqueduct

Neptune, god of the sea, is shown riding a chariot in the shape of a shell, pulled by two sea horses, each guided by a Triton. One of the horses is calm and obedient, the other one restive, symbolizing the fluctuating moods of the sea.

The statue of Neptune in the Fountain of Trevi

In Pompeii many columns were made of brick and covered with stucco.

A panorama of columns in the ruins of Pompeii

Four columns rising above their enclosing walls in Pompeii.

Four columns inside a house in Pompeii

Stubborn survivors of a wave of lava in someone’s back yard

Some truncated columns, Pompeii

A view over some villas

Sheared off house walls, Pompeii

A kid with a miniature version of the mallets so many others have in Amalfi

A kid with a miniature version of the mallets so many others have, Amalfi

A view from the ferry terminal

The Harbor at dusk, Amalfi

Seen from up in the lemon groves

A view of Golfo di Salerno, Amalfi

Kids line up on the steps of the Duomo Sant’ Andrea in Amalfi

Kids line up on the steps of the Duomo Sant’ Andrea, Amalfi

A fifteen-minute walk from Amalfi…

Walking towards Atrani

Seen from the causeway that goes over the harbor and beach

The middle of town, Atrani

A view of the beach through the causeway that separates the town of Atrani from its waterfront

Some sailboats on the beach at Atrani, 600 meters from Amalfi

A square next to a church in Minuta

A man approaches carrying a bundle of straw, Minuta

He wonders why I keep my camera aimed at him

Continuing a hike up the hill, Minuta

Way up in the hills looking over the Costa Amalfitana

The view from a square perched on a hill, Minuta

People make dozens of different things out of lemons: soap, candles, candy, apéritifs…

Walking through lemon groves, Amalfi

Christmastime Naples is full of crèche-making activities

A crèche-supplies store window, Naples

Some say it seems a humble cousin to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan.

The Galleria Umberto I, Naples

The Farnese collection of classical sculpture

The Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples

A woman walking up Discesa Porta Marina while two men ride their scooters down Via Biancheri, the street that rises up to the ancient medieval city center, perched on a hill overlooking the new town.

A view down Discesa Porta Marina, a street leading from Via Biancheri in Ventimiglia

The main entrance to the Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo in piazza Colletta.

The western façade of church of San Michele Arcangelo in Ventimiglia

The slopes surrounding the River Roya and the modern town of Ventimiglia, with the Oratorio di San Giovanni church in the foreground, seen from Via del Capo.

The hills of I Pozzi seen from the old town of Ventimiglia

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