Rome in Monochrome

When I think of beautiful black and white images of cityscapes and urban street scenes, Paris is the city that immediately comes to mind. The eloquent lines, textures and architectural forms, beautifully enhanced in monochromatic tones.

Rome on the other hand, for me, is a bold statement and expression of colours; indicative of the city’s vibrant personality and rich character-filled city streets and districts.

The famous antique colours – Rosso Pompeiano and Giallo Ocra, the signature Roman colours, can be found on many of the city walls, facades, interiors and frescoes. Roman soccer club; (AS Roma Calcio) also use this dynamic duo as their team’s colours.

These iconic Roman colours feature predominantly throughout the pages of my new book, ‘Rome Secrets’.

For this blog post however, a slight variation from this theme – Rome in monochrome!

Here are a few black and white images featured in ‘Rome Secrets’ and a selection from my Italy Image Archive.

Colours of Rome, street art, Italy

Street scenes in the Jewish Ghetto, Rome, Italy

Chefs taking a break in the streets of Trastevere, Rome, Italy

View of Rome from Il Pincio, Villa Borghese, Rome, Italy

Magistral Villa of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Aventino, Rome, Italy

CaffË Greco on Via dei Condotti near the Spanish Steps, established 1760, is one of Rome's most elegant and opulent coffee bars. Take a journey back in time in one of the intimate salons, adorned with antique mirrors and paintings, where royalty, celebrity, great artists and poets have sat and sipped on coffee.

Fountain in the grounds of Palazzo Barberini, Rome, Italy, Susan Wright Photography

Sanpietrini, Rome, Italy, Susan Wright Photography

Street scene near the Pantheon, with Giolitti Gelateria in the background, Rome, Italy


Fontana delle tartarughe, Piazza Mattei, Rome, Italy

Il pranzo, lunchtime dining in Rome, Italy

Piazza Navona, in the rain, Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy, Susan Wright Photography

Baristas working at Castroni bar on Via Nazionale, Rome, hugely popular bar where you can savour the finest quality artisan coffee.

Appia Antica archaeological and nature park, Rome, Italy

Rome photos, Susan Wright Photography

Photos and words © Susan Wright

Editorial, travel, portrait and lifestyle photographer, Rome Italy

Photos available as limited edition prints – for more details please contact me.

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