Captivating architecture, historical grandeur, charming street scenes and superb lighting – all combine to offer magical photographic experiences in the timelessly beautiful Eternal City. Every corner in Rome has a wealth of photogenic subjects waiting to be captured. Mind-blowing monuments, fountains, piazzas and the maze of pretty alleys provide limitless photo opportunities.
Tourists who have limited time in Rome will be rewarded if they stay close to the city centre,as they’ll be within walking distance to the following iconic photo locations. While there are many more stunning photo spots, below is a list of 7 landmarks in Rome not-to-be-missed if you’re a photography enthusiast.
The Trevi Fountain
The most gorgeous fountain with a romantic aura – Trevi Fountain is one of the ‘must-see places’ for first-time visitors. Expect the place to be jam-packed with tourists competing for the perfect photo angle at all hours! But you can have the fountain all to yourself and capture photos without people in the shot by visiting very early (before 8 a.m.).
The Spanish Steps
Featured in several famous movies, the giant, curving Spanish Steps is a magnet for photographers. The place is all the more mesmerizing during spring when the imposing stairway is adorned with colourful bunches of azaleas. There are certain periods during which this spot is less crowded –for maximum privacy, reach there by 9 a.m.; you can also take advantage of the lunchtime lull from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Piazza del Popolo and Villa Borghese
Piazza del Popolo is a popular square with an original Egyptian obelisk at the centre, elegant twin churches, statues, fountains and entertainers. The finest pictures of the bustling piazza are captured from the hills above, so the background crowd adds to the photographic value.
Villa Borghese, with plenty of greenery and ponds, is located in the area above Piazza del Popolo. If you desire pictures with fantastic views of the ancient city in the backdrop, this is the place to visit. Thankfully, the Villa is one of the quieter locations in Rome, making it perfect for sunset photography and enjoying a picnic in the gardens.
Finding the perfect spot for taking photos of one of the Seven Wonders without plenty of tourists in your frame is very challenging. Most visitors click photos right in front of the Colosseum where it’s impossible to avoid the crowds. A good location to capture a splendid photo backdropped by the Colosseum is the Via Nicola Salvi, which is situated right above the metro stop Colosseo.
The Roman Forum
Strolling along the Roman forum is a special experience; it is a magical location preserving centuries of history so well. While the Forum is great for admiring the ancient structures, to capture attractive photographs you need to walk along Carcere Street. You’ll noticestairs leading up to another street above; the landing on top of the staircase offers majestic views of the Roman Forum.
Touted as Rome’s favourite square, Piazza Navona is a wonderful location to capture city photos. It is encircled by beautiful historical buildings, while the grand Fountain of Four Rivers in the centre showcases the best of Baroque style architecture. The square is a hive of activity throughout the day, so clicking great pictures boils down to finding vacant corners, getting the angle right and matching your mood with the liveliness of your surroundings.
The Cobbled Alleys of Rome
Walking around the charming, cobbled alleys of Rome is a unique experience. You’ll spot cute trattorias, gelato parlours, colourful Vespas and lots of merry faces enjoying the local atmosphere – these moments of daily life make amazing photography subjects.’
On that note, if you want a taste of the Italian lifestyle, book our Rome evening tour;it is a walking tour covering renowned monuments in the heart of Rome where you also get to explore picturesque streets and enjoy la dolce vita. On the other hand, if you wish to explore the best art in Rome, opt for our bestselling Vatican City tours.
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