Humans of Rome
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One of the biggest cliches – and truths – you will hear from travelers is how the best part of visiting a place is the people. Although tourists have been saying that for decades, it wasn’t until recently that portraits of people in the city in which they live became just as popular as images of buildings, bridges, and landscapes.

Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton’s photography project that he started in 2010 and that went viral over the past summer, has become the template that all other human/city photo tributes copy. Now there is Humans of Rome.

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Woman in Front of Termini Station
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Humans of Rome, begun by Roman photographer Marco in April 2012, captures the unique spirit of the Eternal City. Marco juxtaposes ancient and modern by capturing Romans of every color, creed, and age standing in Rome’s cobbled streets, posing next to fast Italian cars, marble fountains, thousand-year-old structures, and iconic umbrella pines.

I think many travelers forget that Rome is a dynamic city – a city of tradition, yes, but also one teeming with expats and immigrants. Marco’s Humans of Rome includes them all. I hope this beautiful, photographic love letter to one of my favorite cities in the world continues and spawns offshoots in Florence, Bologna, Naples, Milan, Torino, Venice…

Go check out Humans of Rome now to see the photos and read the stories (most in both English and Italian).

All photos by Humans of Rome

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  1. Rome is one of my favorite places to take pictures, not because of all the archeological sites but because of all the different areas of the city. There are many neat flat areas where you can get great backgrounds and many other hilly areas to shoot from either looking up or down and when doing it right can come with some great shots. Really like the shot through the alleyway of the man walking past on his cell phone. This is something you have to wait for and has to be timed just right.

    1. I’m just an amateur photographer but I have to agree it is the best place to take pictures. But not only in Rome, but in every corner of Italy too. And that’s for us to discover. 🙂

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