I love old photographs! Particularly fascinating are “then and now” images comparing hundred-year-old photos with updates of the same location today. Sometimes the area looks completely different and unrecognizable from the original photo; sometimes little has changed and it appears time has stood still.
Here are a few photographs from Castelfondo – the village in Northern Italy where the Genetti family originated. You judge for yourself how much has changed … and how much has stayed the same.
The village well (fountain) is located in a little piazza near the center of town.
The town’s women would gather here to do laundry.
Photo provided by Dino Marchetti of Castelfondo.
The town well today is completely restored and mostly ornamental in function.
The interior of San Nicolo church photographed in the late 1800’s and San Nicolo today.
The doorway of the Genetti Family homestead in Castelfondo.