For over fifty years photographer Charles H. Traub has been capturing expressive moments around him, but his most impressive works have to be the ones from the 80s, when he first traveled to Italy and witnessed the iconic street life Italians call 'La Dolce Vita.'

During the 1980s Traub visited various parts of Italy for 2 to 3 weeks at a time, documenting the intriguing lifestyle he called La Dolce Via (the Sweet Way). The freedom, slow pace, and diversity were the trademarks of the time which is now witnessed mainly in photos.

According to the photographer, this street culture is now almost gone as Italy struggles to overcome the problems that arose together with the global economy. Traub describes these photos as “a time capsule” of the Italy that no longer exists.

You can experience the full series in his book Dolce Via: Italy In the 1980's.

More info: Charles H. Traub (h/t: businessinsider, demilked)

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Melanie Bertenshaw
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2 years ago

now this captures Italy perfectly in the 80s..so beautiful

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Danny Giusa
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2 years ago

Snapchat anno 1980ths

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Birchy Cat
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2 years ago

It could become a habit

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Rebekah
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2 years ago

Got a stick? Yeah, you got a light bulb? Yeah. We are in business!

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PARANOIDANDROID
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2 years ago

back then when people held hands it meant friendship

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Nicolas β€œBen Mcprt” Forthewin
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2 years ago

wait wut ?

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Eddie77
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2 years ago

The typical italian striped t-shirt

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Daniel Peiser
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2 years ago

back then when people making out it meant friendship

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NQ L
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2 years ago

Back then kids played outside. I used to be outside all day playing with my friends. Kids now play games online. They're missing out

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Rebekah
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2 years ago

Marble dude on the left, totally checking out leaking mammaries on the right.

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April Showers
Community Member
2 years ago

"Look here, sonny boy, in my day, if we wanted to send a text, we used a stone tablet and a chisel...and we liked it that way"

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Terri Rowland
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2 years ago

Note the Vespa scooter he's perched on πŸ’πŸ‘¦πŸ½

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Merilyn Horton
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2 years ago

Hipster

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lukastruss
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2 years ago

"look at my horse, my horse is amazing"

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Pam Harris
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2 years ago

The balls :/

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Rebekah
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2 years ago

this one is fabulous.

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Lotta Svensson
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2 years ago

Haha, dudes! πŸ˜„

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Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
2 years ago

She is so beautiful. I love her eyebrows!

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Liliana V
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2 years ago

Lookin' at the solar eclipse, huh?? :)

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Tom Simmons
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2 years ago

Looks like trousers in the water

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Terri Rowland
Community Member
2 years ago

The guy with the wood just booped her on the head..ouch πŸ’ β€πŸ˜†

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June Pixeld
Community Member
2 years ago

Back when there were no smartphones and people noticed stuff:)

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Anna Salerno
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2 years ago

Beautiful red hair and freckles.

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June Pixeld
Community Member
2 years ago

Pretty!

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Luca Bertaiola
Community Member
2 years ago

Paestum (Salerno)

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Vasanth
Community Member
2 years ago

The woman appears to check both the bus and the girl simultaneously

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Lee from Phoenix
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2 years ago

Maybe his grandchild made the hat and he said he would wear it.

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April Showers
Community Member
2 years ago

"I wonder why that chicken crossed the road....."

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Mary Hurst
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2 years ago

Simpler times

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June Pixeld
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2 years ago

This is the women's bathroom line.

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April Showers
Community Member
2 years ago

Give the man a mustache ...and a rolled up pack of cigarettes in his sleeve...it could be Schinder , the handyman..

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April Showers
Community Member
2 years ago

I am impressed at this lady's balance. My butt hanging over this thing would look like I got hit in both rear cheeks with a bag of nickels..

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Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
2 years ago

"Hmm.. maybe it's not too late..?"

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Mirable Test
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2 years ago

For anyone wondering: "ps: it's forbidden to play football"

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Lorenzo Gaggiotti
Community Member
2 years ago

this is not 80Β΄s, at least 1995 because that car is a Fiat Barchetta

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Aunt Messy
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2 years ago

Handsome devil!

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April Showers
Community Member
2 years ago

She is about to "shotgun" that ice cream

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Amaranthim Talon
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2 years ago

challenge - accepted- green-scre...a1f2dc.jpg green-screen-2-599dcc6a1f2dc.jpg

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Elly Clifton
Community Member
2 years ago

What's the woman in the background doing??

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Fluttergirl
Community Member
2 years ago

It must be a pain to walk in heels on cobblestone streets.

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Nora H.
Community Member
2 years ago

Ahhh.. when men looked nice and normal. Not the pumped up beef mutants of today..

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Luca Bertaiola
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2 years ago

"Italia in miniatura" near Rimini

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Dorota Grabowska
Community Member
2 years ago

Somehow reminds me of 'Summertime' with Katherine Hepburn

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Andrea Mae
Community Member
2 years ago

It looks like the guy is standing on the bench

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April Showers
Community Member
2 years ago

"Pleeeeaase, I promise to take care of him, I love you so much, I will never ask you for anything ever again, oh please, can we get one?

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Vivien Someya
Community Member
2 years ago

Upim, ah ah I remember the Upim.

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Beth Arriaga
Community Member
2 years ago

The OG Italian Vampire

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Magic567
Community Member
1 year ago

zooooooooooooooooooom

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
2 years ago

Florence? It looks a lot like a place I saw in Florence, but I guess there could be several similar places.

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Andrew Cas
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2 years ago

Dude on the right looks like he's drinking the water

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Luca Bertaiola
Community Member
2 years ago

a white Vespa is parked on the other side of the street

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Stefano Giannini
Community Member
2 years ago

Jean's West! Almost 30 yrs since I saw that brand!

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Pamela
Community Member
2 years ago

Love that person is picking their wedgie lol

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Terri Rowland
Community Member
2 years ago

Note the blue dress lifting up on the wall side of the lady πŸ‘— πŸ’ 🀣

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cyberbird
Community Member
2 years ago

Sleeping beauty.

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June Pixeld
Community Member
2 years ago

When your cameltoe from yrs ago haunts u on the internet x.x

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John Dunshee
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2 years ago

I'm gonna make you an offer you can't understand.

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Elly Clifton
Community Member
2 years ago

I gotta gun under my jacket and I'm not afraid to use it

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Bina Acharya
Community Member
2 years ago

the puppy at the back... hoomans just let it go

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Tess G
Community Member
2 years ago

Butt.

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Vivien Someya
Community Member
2 years ago

I grew up in Rome in the 80s and these photos are amazing. Thank you for posting them!