HomeTravelEuropeTop 5 Photo Spots in Rome (guaranteed to knock your socks off) James Burnham November 21, 2015 Europe, Italy, Photography, Travel 20 Comments Rome is without doubt one of the greatest cities on Earth. It has been since the rise of the Roman Empire and it is still just as impressive today. Throw in the Vatican and you’ve haven’t just got a mecca for us travel loving looneys, you’ve got yourself a photographer’s paradise. My jaw hit the floor when I arrived in Rome in October 2011. It was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. Now I’m no pro photographer by any means, but I soon discovered some hotspots that I think really show off this historical capital at its very best. My Top Spots #1Take the steps on the bridge to Castle St Angelo down to the Fiume Tevere canal. This is a great spot by day and night for photos of both St Peter’s Basilica and Castle St Angelo. F.Y.I: Occasionally in the evening, homeless Romans do take shelter down here but by day its pretty quiet – by far my favourite little find. #2The rooftop of the Victor Emmanuel Monument. Up here you can see across the whole of the city. St Peters Basilica and the Vatican to your left and the Colosseum and the Forum behind you. Hot Tip: Head up just before sunset to get your money’s worth. #3The terrace of Castle St Angelo is a great spot for a shot across Rome in the other direction with the Victor Emmanuel Monument in the distance and the famous roof of the Pantheon in clear site. Ah Rome, I love ya! #4The top of St Peter’s Basilica. This is another prime position for a good photo or 12. You can see down into the Vatican gardens, the mountains in the distance and all of Rome’s landmarks. As long as you’re happy to climb a fair few stairs. Top Tip: Get there for 8am. I know I know, you’re on your ‘olidays but an early start will mean missing the horde of tourists… just check out the queue building up in the square (to the left) Ouch! #5All your favourite spots by night. From the Pantheon to St Peter’s Square and the Trevi Fountain; these incredible landmarks are awe inspiring in the daylight but you may have to wade through the crowds to get into a good photo spot without a giant or coach tour standing in your way. In the moonlight however, these places seem to become a lot quieter. Sure, it’s often harder to snap yourself a good photo with limited light but you’ll have time, space and no crowds to compete with. Take your time, sit back, take it all in and bag yourself a beauty of a shot at the same time. Handy Gadget: If you have yourself a Tripod (or travel-friendly Gorilla pod) then make sure to pack it. None of my best night time snaps would have been possible without one. Best of the Rest Can’t beat a good flag. Always a nice little album starter. At the top of the Viktor Emmanuel monument once again. Taken just as the sun sets. Remaining on top of the Viktor Emmanuel monument and with the Colosseum behind you, look to the left to catch this typically Italian bell tower poking up from the beautiful Stone Pines. The Trevi Fountain early in the morning. Less people and a great time of day for any photographer Beneath the pillas in St Paul’s Cathedral. Makes a cool abstract shot I think There are a ton of great spots in St Peter’s Square. Nothing too clever about this one, I just really like it. In the Colosseum now and a cool spot to get the high walls in shot along with the arena floor and the ruins below. If you’ve seen Dan Brown’s Angels and Deamons then you’ll recognise this statue at the top of Castle St Angelo. As you near the rooftop you’ll find yourself right underneath it. Pretty ominous fella. This shot is a little self indulgent. Yes thats me and yes, it took bloody forever to get the timing right, without any of the Colosseum tourists walking through the shot. Just another spot in St Peter’s Square but with a clear morning sky and the moon just visible to the right. This is a popular postcard shot and bit of a mind tease. Its actually 2 staircases that sit together in the Vatican Museum. Back in St Peter’s Square guys and another spot from Angels and Deamons. Theres all 4 elements to be found so go have a hunt around. A Great Little App 500PX is a fantastic app for any photography lover. Simply download it, type in where you are or where you’re going, and prepare to drool over thousands of stunning shots. Click on one that takes your fancy and WHAM BAM THANK YOU MAM it tells you where the photograph was taken, what kit was used and exactly what settings the photographer used to get the shot. I’ve only recently discovered this goldmine and can’t wait to put it through its paces on my next trip. If you’re trying to improve your photography, this could be the perfect guide to help you take it to the next level. You’ll have people drooling over your snaps in no time. Of course these are just a few examples of spots I found during my long weekend in Rome. I’m sure there are many more and would be interested to know if you’ve found some yourself. Please share them 🙂 TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmail Pingback: Rome: The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful - The Globe Wanderers() http://www.travellousworld.com Maaike Such gorgeous pictures. I really love the first one. I think you took that during sunset? The lightning in that picture is beautiful. theglobewanderers Thanks, Maaike. This was one of my favourite shots of my trip too. Well spotted, was taken just as the sun was going down on Rome. This is a great photo spot with more than just the basilica to photograph. https://theworldwithchrisandsarah.wordpress.com/ Chris Nash Common travel sense getting there early to beat the crowds (worked well for us at the big Mexican ruins,as well as Machu Picchu in Peru)! My favourite would be that shot from the river bank! A true stunner! https://theworldwithchrisandsarah.wordpress.com/ Chris Nash Common travel sense getting there early to beat the crowds (worked well for us at the big Mexican ruins,as well as Machu Picchu in Peru)! My favourite would be that shot from the river bank! A true stunner! Himanshu Barsainya Have copied these places as i always search for such vantage points as part of my travel planning. One day when i would go to Roam, they would certainly be refererd. http://chocolatour.net/ Doreen Pendgracs Rome is such a photogenic destination. A photographer’s dream! I’d love to go back. Karla Ramos I have always had Rome on top of my must-see places. The architecture is just breathtaking. Jessica Everything is so gigantic and those five spots would be worthy enough to have perfect compilation of Rome’s photogenic gift. 😉 http://www.compassandfork.com elizabeth Thanks for sharing these. I am going to check out the app as well. Someone told me about another one this week photospotland app, which sounds very similar! http://www.compassandfork.com elizabeth Thanks for sharing these. I am going to check out the app as well. Someone told me about another one this week photospotland app, which sounds very similar! Joe Ankenbauer Great shots! Thanks for sharing! I’ve used 500PX before, but never thought of checking the geotag to take a similar shot. Genius! Joe Ankenbauer Great shots! Thanks for sharing! I’ve used 500PX before, but never thought of checking the geotag to take a similar shot. Genius! Gemma Great angle there, it’s often tough to find the best places to get shots without hundreds of other tourists in cities like Rome. I hope you had lots of nice food in between snaps! Gemma Great angle there, it’s often tough to find the best places to get shots without hundreds of other tourists in cities like Rome. I hope you had lots of nice food in between snaps! http://www.onceinalifetimejourney.com/ Once in a Lifetime Journey love no4 and no5, such great points of view and angles on the city, it gives a whole new perspective http://www.onceinalifetimejourney.com/ Once in a Lifetime Journey love no4 and no5, such great points of view and angles on the city, it gives a whole new perspective http://www.psimonmyway.com Trisha Velarmino Fantastic photos, James! Thanks for sharing these spots! Now I have a list when I come back to Rome. Xx Marvin Sowers Great photos….I really want to climb to the top of the Vatican for shot #4. Andrew James Bowie Someone really must make an entire website based on this concept (photo guidance for city breaks etc), could include gps co-ordinates, time of day etc. Really good post, will use on my next trip to Rome.