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  • Eternal Silence

    As the Novel Coronavirus ravages Italy, Rome, the Eternal City lies in near silence. A city constantly filled with people empties out with the tram wheels scraping against the tracks and ambulance sirens the only prominent sounds to be heard. Romans live life from their balconies and the ones without homes wander the city desperately looking for help in a city void of any life.

  • The Cordonata Capitolina Stairs looks onto an empty Piazza Venezia at what would normally be rush hour.
  • The doorman void of patrons of the Regis hotel wanders out into the street, a street normally with a non-stop traffic flow.
  • A woman prays in the Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri Church.
  • A fantom trattoria table floats into the streets of Borgo Pio, nearby the vatican.
  • A tram driver gestures to a colleague in PIazza Venezia during what is normally Monday morning rush hour in the center of Rome.
  • Cadets blow the cannon on Gianicolo hill at noon.
  • Luna Park in the Eur neighborhood in Rome, a popular weekend spot for families remains closed.
  • Iole Liguore, 11 years old plays the volin on her terrace at 6pm with the rest of Italy in a show of solidarity during the Caronavirus lockdown.
  • Pigions overtake Campo dei Fiori, a popular daily market with both tourists and Romans.
  • Billy Monteiro and Valeria Miranda dance on the roof of their building. Billy also provides art lessons to kids in the building on the rooftop at a distance.
  • The Traiano Forum.
  • A carrousel remains shuttered nearby Castel Saint Angelo.
  • Paramedics unload coronavirus patients at the Newly erected Colombus Covid2 Hospital. The hospital opened a separate wing now known as Colombus Covid2 which will help carry the load of patients in Rome and from the surrounding areas as well as patients transfered from Northern Italy where hospital beds are hard to come by.
  • Hommage photos of patrons of Jesus The Good Shepherd Church. Churches were unable to celebrate mass, only hopen for confessions at a distance.
  • The surroundings of the Colosseum normally choked with tourists taking selfies, are empty.
  • Ari Mourik, 63 is temporarily staying under the train tracks in the area of Porto Fluviale. Ari is one of the 8,000 homeless people in Rome who cannot isolate and protect themselves from the Coronavirus. Homeless people also have a harder time finding a place to use the bathroom and wash with all stores and restaurants closed as well as receiving the drastically needed food and donations that everyday people provide when circulating the city.
  • A woman in the Prenestina neighborhood looks out from her balcony as the Rome remains under quarentine.
  • Neighbors chat in the green area below their apartments in the Monteverde neighborhood of Rome.
  • The Mausoleum of Hadrian a sight almost constantly filled with tourists is empty.
  • Rome, Italy-April 30th, 2020: Cars remain covered in the Monteverde neighborhood of Rome. Parking in the city center has become increasingly easy to find, near impossible in normal times while parking in residential areas such as this one are difficult as most everyone is at home and not moving their cars. Italy will slowly reopen begining on May 4th after almost 2 months of lockdown due to the Coronavirus. The streets of Rome remain particularly eery for a city accustomed to a continuous flow of people. Romans who are accustomed to living life on a slow pace in outdoor spaces have had to withstand the same quarentine measures seen globally. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Rome, Italy-April 28th, 2020: A woman leans her daughter over to touch the fountain water in front of the Pantheon. Italy will slowly reopen begining on May 4th after almost 2 months of lockdown. The streets of Rome remain particularly eery for a city accustomed to a continuous flow of people. Romans who are accustomed to living life on a slow pace in outdoor spaces have had to withstand the same quarentine measures seen globally. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Rome, Italy-April 28th, 2020: Charlotte who lives in the city center waits for her mom to buy bread at a bakery. Italy will slowly reopen begining on May 4th after almost 2 months of lockdown. The streets of Rome remain particularly eery for a city accustomed to a continuous flow of people. Romans who are accustomed to living life on a slow pace in outdoor spaces have had to withstand the same quarentine measures seen globally. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Rome, Italy-April 28th, 2020: The Tibur River. Italy will slowly reopen begining on May 4th after almost 2 months of lockdown. The streets of Rome remain particularly eery for a city accustomed to a continuous flow of people. Romans who are accustomed to living life on a slow pace in outdoor spaces have had to withstand the same quarentine measures seen globally. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • The Verano Cemetary remained open in Rome, although there was almost no one to be seen on a Sunday afternoon, a day when many families normally visit there loved ones who have passed on.
  • Rome, Italy-April 28th, 2020: A funeral steps from Campo di Fiori. The group was large so the police came. Funerals are limited to just a few family members. On May 4th 15 people will be permitted at a distance at funerals. Italy will slowly reopen begining on May 4th after almost 2 months of lockdown. The streets of Rome remain particularly eery for a city accustomed to a continuous flow of people. Romans who are accustomed to living life on a slow pace in outdoor spaces have had to withstand the same quarentine measures seen globally. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Rome, Italy-April 29th, 2020: The Ghetto neighborhood of Rome, a popular tourist and residential spot on a quiet morning with few people. Italy will slowly reopen begining on May 4th after almost 2 months of lockdown. The streets of Rome remain particularly eery for a city accustomed to a continuous flow of people. Romans who are accustomed to living life on a slow pace in outdoor spaces have had to withstand the same quarentine measures seen globally. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Rome, Italy-April 29th, 2020: The Trevi Fountain which is normally jam packed with people, day and night is nearly empty save for the those doing grocery shopping. Italy will slowly reopen begining on May 4th after almost 2 months of lockdown. The streets of Rome remain particularly eery for a city accustomed to a continuous flow of people. Romans who are accustomed to living life on a slow pace in outdoor spaces have had to withstand the same quarentine measures seen globally. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Rome, Italy-April 30th, 2020: A man and a child take in some sun in the Rosalino Pilo Piazza in Monteverde. Italy will slowly reopen begining on May 4th after almost 2 months of lockdown due to the Coronavirus. The streets of Rome remain particularly eery for a city accustomed to a continuous flow of people. Romans who are accustomed to living life on a slow pace in outdoor spaces have had to withstand the same quarentine measures seen globally. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Caribinieri control Saint Peters Square at the Vatican during a countrywide lockdown in response the to the Coronavirus spread.
  • Rome, Italy-April 28th, 2020: Emiliano Mattiello and his friend David light up a lantern and launch it off the building rooftop. The lanterns are considered dangerous in the city but the two feel they need entertainment. Italy will slowly reopen begining on May 4th after almost 2 months of lockdown. The streets of Rome remain particularly eery for a city accustomed to a continuous flow of people. Romans who are accustomed to living life on a slow pace in outdoor spaces have had to withstand the same quarentine measures seen globally. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times