Following my experience chasing cityscape photography, Rome is right there among the top cities in Europe when it comes to photography, if not the best? Stunning Roman architecture, rich in history, a year-long attractive weather; all the recipe are present to have a wonderful time as a photographer.
Personally, my trip to Rome happened in November 2017 and temperature, a smaller amount of tourists compared to high peak season, made my one week stay a superb photography experience. I don’t think you need encouragement to visit and photograph this place, but rather a sum up of the best locations for photography. Here are my top 10 best places for photography in Rome. (with no particular order, each offers different advantages)
10. JANICULUM HILLS
When it comes to a panoramic view, Colle del Gianicolo (in Italian) is at the top of the list in social media or forums. From there, the church of San Pietro in Montorio, the Academia de España in Rome, the Acqua Paola and the American Academy in Rome is visible.
📷 Plenty of space for those crowded evening / Sunset shot
9. PINCIAN HILL or TERRAZZA DEL PINCIO
Another superb sunset spot, the terrace offers a magnificent view over piazza del Popolo.
📷 For Sunset, facing directly the sun / crowded with tourists
8. ALTARE DELLA PATRIA or MONUMENTO NAZIONALE
Built in honor of King Vitorio Emmanuel II, the first king under a unified Italy; the construction started in 1885 and it was inaugurated in 1911.
📷 Long exposure to catch car trails / Good for sunset? / Try different viewpoint
7. PIAZZA NAVONA and PIAZZA DI SPAGNA
Two of the most famous “piazza” in Rome.
📷 Crowded square/ vertical composition / long exposure when capturing the fountain
6. TREVI FOUNTAIN
Talking about fountains, we could not forget the most famous fountain in Rome, the Trevi fountain, which appears in the movie “La Dolce Vida”.
📷 So crowded all day, your best-only chance is at sunrise / vertical composition
5. TIBER RIVERBANK
As well as a nice walk, the Tiber riverbank in Rome offers many pictures opportunity. The highlights is probably around the San Angelo bridge.
📷 Reflection / City lights
4. CASTEL SANT’ ANGELO
Mausoleum of Emperor Adrian, the monument was built between 123 to 139 AD!
📷 Sunrise to avoid passerby in the shot / try different viewpoints / recommend sunset from the top even if I didn’t shoot it
3. ROMAN FORUM
Ancient centre of day to day life in Rome, it is now a collection of ruins remaining from the Roman past.
📷 Sunrise / best viewpoint is near the Campidoglio
No introduction needed here, The Colosseum, or Colisseum is the most famous monument in Rome. Unfortunately for photographer, that attracts tourists! The Colosseum was built between 70-80 AD as an amphitheatre for gladiatorial contests and public shows. It could hold from 50000 – 80000. Both of the following photographs where taken at sunset.
📷 Sunset or Sunrise / Different viewpoints possible / Crowded
1.A- ST’ PETER BASILICA and ST’ PETER SQUARE
St Peter Basilica and piazza are at the heart of the Vatican city in Rome. Now a UNESCO World Heritage, the site was completed in 1626.
These fixture include several viewpoints. First a panorama shot of 3 images of St’ Peter Square at sunrise
📷 Sunrise to avoid the crowd / Panorama composition / tripod allowed(ish)!
Take the opportunity to enter what is the regarded as the holiest church and the second largest basilica in the world.
📷 Bring your wide angle and telephoto lens for different compositions.
Then the view of the same square from Saint Peter Dome, after climbing 550+ steps! As you can see, the weather wasn’t good that day, choose yours better!
And then the Basilica from Via della Conciliazone, still at sunrise.
📷 Sunrise / Blue hour
Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to photograph the oldest monument in Rome. At least in “decent” condition, which means, without so many tourists in the frame. But I had to include it on the blog for you to go and “shoot” it. Sunrise and night time are your best bet!
I hope you took something away from this blog. I couldn’t recommend Rome enough as a destination for photographer, and cityscape photography.