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Best Photography Spots in Rome Italy. Rome is home to centuries of history and culture. It offers enchanting gardens, impressive architecture, and beautiful rooftops and streets for photographers all over the world. When visiting the Eternal city, it can be easy to get caught up in the endless amounts of scenic photo spots and charming views. If you’re looking for a list of places to capture the essence of this magnificent city, look no further than this list of the best photography spots in Rome.


The gear we recommend is a good camera and the holy trinity.  A wide-angle lens.  14-24mm or something similar.  A 24-70mm or something similar and, of course, a 70-200mm or something similar.

If you do not have these particular lenses, do not worry; something similar will be just fine. It would be best if you also had a tripod.

you’re looking for a list of places to capture the essence of this magnificent city, look no further than this list of the best photography spots in Rome:


1.The Colosseum

This monument is probably the most well-known building in all of Rome. This ancient amphitheater is beautiful whether photographed from the outside or the inside.

Best Photography Spots in Rome Italy, The Colosseum

2. The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum is a maze of ancient Roman ruins located near the Colosseum. The best photo spot here is on Capitol Hill. This terrace overlooks the ruins and has one of the best views of the area below.

3. St. Peter’s Basilica

You cannot visit Rome without stopping by the iconic religious basilica famously known as Saint Peter’s. This location has thousands of years of history and holds extreme religious importance to Catholics around the world. The symmetrical streets, massive dome, and stunning obelisks and columns will give you one unique shot after another.

Best Photography Spots in Rome Italy, St Peters Basilica

4. Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums offers endless hours of exploring beautiful art collections while taking in the amazing architecture of the buildings. Head to the well-known spiral staircases for interesting shots inside the building.

5. Piazza del Popolo

This piazza has two identical churches right along the side of the square. With obelisk, fountains, and lion statues to highlight the area, the Saint Mary of Miracles church and the Saint Mary of Montesano church become even more interesting photography subjects. Head inside the church to find priceless paintings by Caravaggio as well as a Byzantine icon placed at the altar.

Best Photography Spots in Rome Italy, Piazza del Popolo

6. Villa Borghese

This is the largest park in downtown Rome and is the home to many photo opportunities. Take photographs of people enjoying boat rides on the lake, the Temple of asclepius, and a beautiful villa where the Borghese Gallery Museum is located.

7. St. Angelo Bridge

This bridge is located along the Tiber River. This one is in close proximity to St. angel’s castle and within walking distance of locations that will give you fantastic views of Saint Peter’s dome.

Best Photography Spots in Rome Italy

8. Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain is a famous fountain in Rome that is visited by millions each year. This fountain features multiple statues, marble columns, and a handful of miniature waterfalls and fountains. Make sure to visit early in the morning if you do not want packed crowds getting in the way of your shots of the Trevi Fountain.

Best Photography Spots in Rome Italy, Trevi fountain

9. Janiculum

Janiculum is a hilltop that offers panoramic views of the city of Rome. You will be able to capture the city, the Tiber river, and downtown Rome from this spot. Heading here around sunset is your best bet if you’re looking to take absolutely breathtaking pictures of the city of Rome.

10. Aventine Keyhole

This is a secret gem of a location for photography enthusiasts. This keyhole view perfectly frames St. Peter’s dome with a row of multiple arch-shaped hedges. This spot will give you one of the most unique perspectives of this historic monument.

11. Trastevere

This neighborhood in Rome comes with plenty of cobblestone streets and typical Roman-colored buildings painted in an ochre palette. In addition to photographing the streets, check out the stunning church of Saint Mary, the botanic gardens, and exhibitions at the local museum.

Best Photography Spots in Rome Italy, Trastevere

12. Rose Garden on Aventino Hill

This garden has blooms of roses available to enjoy each year. This is the only type of flower you will find grown in the garden and they come in many varieties and colors. You will want to double check that it is open but those that see the pretty flowers will understand the charm and beauty of this garden.

13. Ara Pacis

This striking architectural masterpiece was built by Augustus to celebrate peace in his Spanish colonies as well as control over the Alps. It offers a blend of traditional and contemporary design and is one historical monument you can’t miss out on.

14. St. Peter’s Copula

The very top of St. Peter’s Basilica offers one of the most beautiful views of the city of Rome. This location can be accessed by climbing the 551 stairs on the winding staircase located in the basilica. If you’re looking to save some time, you can also pay a small fee to take the elevator up to this gorgeous overlook.

Best Photography Spots in Rome Italy

15. Banks of Tiber

Paths along the banks of the Tiber are great for exploring in the morning, just as the sun is rising and painting beautiful colors in the sky. You can find many dramatic viewpoints of prominent buildings like the Castel Sant’Angelo, Ponte Umberto, and even the famed St. Peter’s Basilica.

16. Piazza Navona

Known as the most famous piazza in Rome, this square is surrounded by plenty of fountains, historical buildings, and the busyness of the city. The cobblestone streets are great for framing your shots and the architectural elegance of the buildings lining the street make for beautiful pictures.

Best Photography Spots in Rome Italy, Piazza Navona

17. The Pantheon

Right in the center of Rome, the Pantheon is a can’t miss, iconic building that holds plenty of history and architectural interest. Both the interior and exterior offer beautiful photos. Visiting early in the day is best to capture the blue skies while avoiding crowds.

Best Photography Spots in Rome Italy, the Pantheon

18. Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill is located right beside the Colosseum so make sure to visit this spot when you tour the area. This hill is 40 meters above the Roman Forum which gives you a great vantage point for capturing the ancient ruins in its entirety. The hill also has its own gardens, walkways, and archaeological sites to explore.

19. Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps are located just by the Trevi Fountain, making them an easy location to visit while on your journey through photographing Rome. The steps must be visited early in the morning if you’re wanting to avoid too many crowds in your shots. This is a great landmark to capture first thing on your way to the fountain.

20. Piazza Campidoglio

Piazza Campidoglio was designed by the famous Michelangelo himself and is easily regarded as one of the most beautiful piazzas in Rome. This square is surrounded by beautifully constructed buildings that are painted in a soft, yellow shade-perfect when the sun hits the structures just right.

Best Photography Spots in Rome Italy

21. Ponte Sant’Angelo

This area leads you right to the Castel Sant’Angelo. However, don’t discount the perspectives on the way there. Ponte Sant’Angelo is lined with large angel statues that were beautifully made to highlight this area by the river.

22. Orange Garden

The Orange Garden is filled with paths lined with beautiful twisting trees, flowers, and spectacular views of the Roman skyline. Visit in the early morning or evening to capture the sun coming through all of the foliage.

23. Campo de’ Fiori

This outdoor market is one of the most popular gatherings of fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, olive oils, wines, and many other delicious grocery and food stands. This is frequented by many tourists but the crowds of people only enhance the liveliness of pictures. Capture some really colorful and beautiful shots at this outdoor market.

Best Photography Spots in Rome Italy, Campo de fiori

24. Teatro Marcello

The Teatro Marcello is a place where you can find photography opportunities of Ancient Roman ruins without having to worry about as many crowds as popular tourist spots like The Colosseum. Visit to find leftover structures of stunning Roman architecture from centuries ago.  

These are the Best Photography Spots in Rome Italy

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