Metropolis: Rome Then and Now Pictures

See the elegance of Rome, including its many piazzas and incredible cathedrals, from the early 1800s to today.
Episode: Rome

Photo By: Library of Congress

Photo By: Michael Krakowiak / E+ / Getty Images

Photo By: Library of Congress

Photo By: Library of Congress

Fontana della Barcaccia Then

Seen with the Piazza di Spagna, the Fontana della Barcaccia and the Spanish Steps in the foreground, the Trinita dei Monti in Rome is a religious landmark.

Fontana della Barcaccia Now

Today, the church, steps and plaza are just as beautiful and among the city’s biggest tourist attractions (even though it doesn’t look like it in this photo!). 

Piazza di Montecitorio Then

The Piazza di Montecitorio in the later part of the 1800s.

Piazza di Montecitorio Now

Today, the Piazza di Montecitorio looks as though it hasn’t changed much in 100 years, except for a fresh coat of paint on the buildings.

Piazza della Minerva Then

The Piazza della Minerva, shown here in the late 1890s, is near the Pantheon in Rome. 

Piazza della Minerva Now

The present-day Piazza della Minerva.