The Ancient Forum in Rome, Italy





Photos of Italy from 1954

My father in law, Lloyd Tuck, was stationed in Germany after World War II.
Sometime in 1954, he and a buddy of his went to Italy on leave. While he was there, he took these photos.

Starting from the US Army base at Wildflecken, Germany

Lloyd was stationed at what used to be a German SS base at Wildflecken, Germany.

Base at Wildflecken The road leading past his barracks, which is the first building on the left


Town of Wildflecken Town of Wildflecken in 1954
Lloyd and his buddy having lunch on their first day of leave This photo is Lloyd (on the left) and his travelling buddy having lunch on the first day of their journey



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Travelling through the Alps

On their way to Italy, they drove through the Alps.

The Alps
The Alps



The Alps
The Alps


The Alps



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First stop Venice

One of the first places they went was Venice.

Venice
Venice



And they stayed at a hotel on The Lido.

Venice Lido
Venice Lido



Venice Lido



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On to Rome

The Capitaline Hill

The first place they visited in Rome was the Capitaline Hill, which Lloyd has labeled as "artist piazza".

The Capitaline Hill
The Capitaline Hill



The Capitaline Hill Look at those cars!



The Monument to Vitorrio Emanuelle II

Then they visited the Monument to Vitorrio Emanuelle II, which is located next to the Capitaline Hill.

After a series of wars, Vitorrio Emanuelle II became the first king of a unified Italy in 1861. The Veneto region was added in 1866 and Rome in 1870. The Italians called him "Father of the Fatherland (Italian: Padre della Patria.)" His tomb is located in the Pantheon.

The monument to Vittorio Emanuelle II The monument to Vittorio Emanuelle II



The monument to Vittorio Emanuelle II The monument to Vittorio Emanuelle II
The monument to Vittorio Emanuelle II View from the monument



The monument to Vittorio Emanuelle II The monument to Vittorio Emanuelle II
The monument to Vittorio Emanuelle II The monument to Vittorio Emanuelle II



Lloyd got some close-up photos of the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier located there.

The monument to Vittorio Emanuelle II
The monument to Vittorio Emanuelle II



The monument to Vittorio Emanuelle II A photo of Lloyd in front of the monument.



The Colosseum

Then it was on to the Colosseum...

The Colosseum The Colosseum



The Colosseum
The Colosseum
The Colosseum



The Colosseum
The Colosseum



Looking from the Colosseum to the Capitaline Hill A photo looking from the Colosseum back toward the Capitaline hill and the monument to Vittorio Emanuelle II



The Forum

These are photos of the Forum.

The Forum The Ancient Roman Forum



The Forum
The Forum



The Temple of Saturn in the Forum The Temple of Saturn
A statue of Julius Ceasar Statue of Julius Ceasar



The Forum



The Vatican

These are photos of the Vatican. It looks like a rainy day when these were taken.

The Vatican



The Vatican
The Vatican



The Vatican St. Peter's Square



St. Paul's outside the walls

This is a detail of St. Paul's.

St. Paul's outside the walls St. Paul's outside the walls



The Appian Way

At some point, they traversed the Appian Way.

The Appian Way
The Appian Way



Florence

Next was Florence and the duomo — the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore.

Florence
Florence



Florence



It appears that Lloyd had the same problem I had, trying to get a good photo of the entire facade of the duomo from ground level in the piazza in front of it. The baptistry is in the way, and you can't move back far enough to get a good shot without the baptistry blocking part of the photo.

Florence



The next two photos below show two different doors of the duomo.

Florence
Florence



The photos below show the doors to the baptistry of St. John, which is in the Piazza del Duomo in front of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. These are the doors that Michelangelo called the Gates of Paradise. These are the original door panels, before they were moved to the museum and replaced by copies in 1966. Some people seem to think that these doors are golden, but they are actually bronze.

Florence



Florence



Pisa

The final stop was in Pisa.

Pisa The famous Leaning Tower of Pisa
Pisa Lloyd and his friend on top of the tower



Pisa A view from the base of the tower looking back toward the baptistry
Pisa A view from the top of the tower, looking back at the roof of the church and the baptistry



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