With some of the most influential history in the modern world, the centre of the Roman Empire is a world of discoveries in itself. Ancient and aesthetically pleasing, the city of Rome is full of photographic opportunities every which way you turn. Here are the most instagrammable places in Rome to create snaps that will transport you back to Roma and la dolce vita for years to come!
1. The Spanish Steps
After a recent revamp, the Spanish Steps in morning light is hands down one of the most beautiful places in all of Rome, especially at sunrise. Thanks to the unique design and lavish display of blooms in Spring and Summer, the steps have long been a favourite for artists, painters and poets.
Tips for the best photos: Sunrise is the best time of day to photograph the steps without crowds.
2. Terraza Borromini
With my local friend to show me around (Simone from Access Italy), we hit up some of the best bars and restaurants in Rome during my short three day visit. My favourite time of day is of course sunset (who doesn’t love a good sunset!?), so we made our way to undoubtedly the best viewpoint in town at Terraza Borromini.
Tips for the best photos: Book a table for sunset as far in advance as you can, this place is a hot spot!
3. Di Ponte Umberto
While we were cruising around town between sights and attractions, I spotted one of the most gorgeously framed photographs out the right hand side of the vehicle and asked our driver to stop. From Di Ponte Umberto you can capture so much of Rome in one photo – the river tiber, one of Rome’s many domed churches and another of its many bridges, Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II.
Tips for the best photos: Descend the stairs toward the river for this exact framing!
4. The Roman Forum
The centre of Ancient Rome itself: you can’t come to Rome and not visit the Roman Forum! A sprawling display of ruins, there’s a lot to be learned if you have a guide with you. We visited with Access Italy for an insightful tour of what remains today and what once stood at what would have to be one of the most iconic sights in Rome.
Tips for the best photos: The lookout overlooking the forum is the best view and can easily be enjoyed without crowds in your frame at most times of the day.
5. The Trevi Fountain
Easily the most famous fountain in Rome, the Fontana di Trevi is a must on every traveller’s list when visiting Rome for the first time. So the legend goes, if you throw a coin in your right hand over your left shoulder, you will ensure a return visit to Rome. After three visits, I’m still throwing coins to make sure I come back to what would have to be one of my favourite cities!
Tips for the best photos: The best time of day is by far to visit at sunrise. Be sure to arrive 10-15 minutes before the sun actually rises to secure a good spot and set up your shot.
6. The Colosseum
Nothing says Rome more than the Colosseum – so be sure to visit at least once, but probably a few times for varying perspectives. There is nothing quite like standing at the base of the impressive structure at sunrise and having the whole thing to yourself, but you will of course need to return later in the day for a tour inside!
Tips for the best photos: Sunrise, sunrise, sunrise!
7. Pincian Hill
Last but not least: perhaps the best view of Rome is to be found atop Pincian Hill.
Tips for the best photos: Allow some time to explore the gardens nearby, you won’t be disappointed!