Ahoy-hoy fellow travelers! Rome, without a doubt, is one of the most photogenic cities int he world. From the ancient architecture to the world-class art, to the legendary food, there’s no shortage of insta-worthy spots. If you’re planning a trip to the Eternal City and want to make sure you hit all the best spots for pics, I’ve got you. In this blog post, I’m sharing my top picks for the best, most famous photo spots in Rome. Check our our complete packing guide for Italy and pack your bags, book your ticket and get your cameras ready!
No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Colosseum. One of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, the Colosseum is a feast for the eyes and the curiosity. Whether you’re walking past and snapping shots outside or you’re taking a tour of the interior, the Colosseum is not to be missed. Cross the Plaza Del Colloseo and enter the Parco del Colle Oppi for some of the best views of the Colloseum.
The architectural wonder that is the Pantheon is the single remaining completely intact building from the Greco-Roman times in Rome. With a perfectly domed ceiling that is, to this day, the largest unsupported dome in the world. You’ll want to make sure that you visit on a sunny day so that you can get that iconic shot of the sun pouring through the famed Oculus.
The Trevi Fountain
It’s hard to understand from a picture exactly how large the Trevi Fountain actually is. Make a wish and snap a photo at one of Rome’s most famous landmarks. Crafted of travertine marble, likely from nearby Tivoli, the fountain is one of 300 – some fountains in Rome. It is, without a doubt, though, the most spectacular one. Try to get here very early in the morning before the crowd start arriving. You’ll have great light and actually get some pictures with throngs of tourists. Also, pro-tip, be sure not to sit on the side of the fountain (do I speak from experience here? Yes. Yes I do.)
The Spanish Steps
Get your cardio on and climb the 138 steps to the top of the Spanish Steps for stunning view of the city. This is a classic meeting spot for tourists and locals alike. At the bottom of the steps, on the right (as you’re climbing), you’ll find the house where poet John Keats lived and died. It also doubles as a museum these days. Remember that no one is allowed to sit on the steps nor is it okay to eat or drink on the steps so please respect this spectacular piece of history.
When it comes to the best and most famous photo spots in Rome, the Vatican is hard to beat. Home to one of the largest and most important art collections in the world, the Vatican is a site to behold. tour the world’s smallest country, and feast your eyes on all of the photogenic spots around you. Be it capturing a photo of the famed Swiss guard, or an Incredible 360° View of the Colonnade, or the incredible masterwork on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel, you can’t go wrong here. Plan to spend a good chunk of time here, there is a LOT to see.
The Trastevere Neighborhood
Though it has risen in popularity in recent years, the charm of the Trastevere neighborhood is still very much intact. Meander down the narrow alleyways and dine on some of the best food in the city. Pretty much every square inch of this neighborhood is photo-ready, so come hungry and ready to wander for a while!
This large and bustling square is home to three magnificent, unique fountains. Surrounded by charming cafes and restaurants, there is no lack of amazing photo spots here. Be sure to duck into the streets surrounding the Piazza, for some classic, romantic, old Roman streets.
The Roman Forum
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to walk in the footsteps of ancient history, the Roman Forum is your spot. There are countless arches, columns, and partially reconstructed buildings. All in varying states of being painstakingly restored, stone by stone, brick by brick. You’re essentially walking through the downtown of ancient Rome. You can’t go three steps without seeing another stunning, photogenic ruins. Catch the Forum near sundown for some cool play of light through the arches.
You may or may not be aware that Rome was built on seven hills. On the west side of Rome sits the stunning Gianicolo hill. Take a hike up or rent a classic Vespa and take in some of the most fantastic panoramic views of Rome. It’s especially beautiful during sunrise or sunset, though it can be a little crowded during those times. In my humble opinion, it’s one of the few spots worth dealing with the crowds.
Deserving of it’s own call-out. If you do nothing else when you’re in Rome, eat. Rome is the epicenter of some of the most famous pasta dishes in the world. Cacio é pepe, carbonara, the list goes on. Be sure to photograph some of these incredible dishes or hop over to the vibrant Mercato Centrale and see some of the local residents and restauranteurs picking up the ingredients for their nightly meals.
There you have it, folks. My top picks for the most famous photo spots in Rome. With so much beauty to capture, you’ll be sure to fill up your feed in no time. Happy travels!