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 1 year ago

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

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Danny Giusa 1 year ago

Snapchat anno 1980ths

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Birchy Cat 1 year ago

It could become a habit

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Rebekah 1 year ago

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

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PARANOIDANDROID 1 year ago

back then when people held hands it meant friendship

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Eddie77 1 year ago

The typical italian striped t-shirt

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Daniel Peiser 1 year ago

back then when people making out it meant friendship

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NQ L 1 year 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 1 year ago

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

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April Showers 1 year 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 1 year ago

Note the Vespa scooter he's perched on 💝👦🏽

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Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

Hipster

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lukastruss 1 year ago

"look at my horse, my horse is amazing"

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Pam Harris 1 year ago

The balls :/

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Rebekah 1 year ago

this one is fabulous.

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Lotta Svensson 1 year ago

Haha, dudes! 😄

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Agnes Jekyll 1 year ago

She is so beautiful. I love her eyebrows!

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Liliana V 1 year ago

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

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Tom Simmons 1 year ago

Looks like trousers in the water

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Terri Rowland 1 year ago

The guy with the wood just booped her on the head..ouch 💝 ❤😆

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June Pixeld 1 year ago

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

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Anna Salerno 1 year ago

Beautiful red hair and freckles.

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June Pixeld 1 year ago

Pretty!

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Luca Bertaiola 1 year ago

Paestum (Salerno)

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Vasanth 1 year ago

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

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Lee from Phoenix 1 year ago

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

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April Showers 1 year ago

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

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Mary Hurst 1 year ago

Simpler times

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June Pixeld 1 year ago

This is the women's bathroom line.

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April Showers 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

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

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Mirable Test 1 year ago

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

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Lorenzo Gaggiotti 1 year ago

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

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Aunt Messy 1 year ago

Handsome devil!

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April Showers 1 year ago

She is about to "shotgun" that ice cream

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Elly Clifton 1 year ago

What's the woman in the background doing??

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Fluttergirl 1 year ago

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

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Nora H. 1 year ago

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

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Luca Bertaiola 1 year ago

"Italia in miniatura" near Rimini

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Dorota Grabowska 1 year ago

Somehow reminds me of 'Summertime' with Katherine Hepburn

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Andrea Mae 1 year ago

It looks like the guy is standing on the bench

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April Showers 1 year 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 1 year ago

Upim, ah ah I remember the Upim.

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Beth Arriaga 1 year ago

The OG Italian Vampire

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Magic567 3 months ago

zooooooooooooooooooom

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RaroaRaroa 1 year 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 1 year ago

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

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Luca Bertaiola 1 year ago

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

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Stefano Giannini 1 year ago

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

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Pamela 1 year ago

Love that person is picking their wedgie lol

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Terri Rowland 1 year ago

Note the blue dress lifting up on the wall side of the lady 👗 💝 🤣

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cyberbird 1 year ago

Sleeping beauty.

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June Pixeld 1 year ago

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

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John Dunshee 1 year ago

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

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Elly Clifton 1 year ago

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

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Bina Acharya 1 year ago

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

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Vivien Someya 1 year ago

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