5 Best Photo Opportunities in Rome

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Lee Van Grack

On my first few trips to Rome, I was in awe with the sense of history in the city. The captivating beauty is difficult to capture on camera, but there is no shortage of amazing photo opportunities in Rome.

The best photo ops include both people and architecture. Allow me to share some of my best photo experiences in this great city.


1. The Romantic Photo:Trevi Fountain


What better way to celebrate your arrival in Rome with your loved one than to throw some coins into Trevi Fountain? If you have a good camera, try to catch the moment the coins are thrown or else the sunlight glinting off the spray of the fountain's gushing water. Otherwise, perch on the side with your lover and ask someone to take a romantic photo. Legend has it that if you throw three coins from your right hand over your left shoulder, you will be assured of returning to Rome some day. Even if you aren't superstitious, the money gathered from the fountain is used to help the needy in Rome. Trevi Fountain is located in the Quirinal area of Rome near the intersection of Via delle Muratte and Via Poli. The best photo ops of the fountain are in the morning, since it faces west.

2. The Quirky Photo:The Flower Seller


The best photo of Rome I ever took is of an elderly Roman woman. Early in the morning, when I was walking around the city, I saw her taking her flowers to different trattorias (small family-run restaurants) and small shops in the area. She arranged her flowers in the pots by their entrances. The bright floral colors contrasted with her simple clothing. It was the beautiful touches of color that I took for granted each time I took a photograph of a building or restaurant in Rome. Watching her arrange the flowers in front of the trattorias and shops was, for me, the best way to capture the city coming to life in the morning. I recommend a stroll down the smaller streets to see Rome awaken to a new day. But be sure to ask your hotel concierge about the safeness of the area before setting out.

3. The Family Fun Photo: Rome Carnival


You are likely to snap the best photo of your children having fun with local kids during carnival season. The local children wear fancy dresses and walk around the large public areas with their parents. The Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, where the parade begins, is a great spot to capture the dressed-up children. I recommend that you always ask the parents' permission before taking a picture of their child, with or without yours. If you don't speak Italian, just show your camera and point, and they get the idea. Generally, they are very happy to show off their beautiful children, and the children are excited to show off their fancy clothes. Carnival is in February, and you can find the specific dates on the website of Rome Carnival or through the Rome Tourism Bureau.

4. The Scenic Photo: River Tiber


Gaspare Vanvitelli, a Dutch painter originally named Caspar van Wittel, moved to Rome in the late 1600s and painted many depictions of scenic Rome that still exist. One of his paintings is of the Tiber River and the Borgo between Castel Sant'Angelo and St. Peter's Basilica. My favorite scenic Rome photograph mimics this centuries-old painting. In Vanvitelli's painting, there are images of boats carrying cargo and people on the Tiber. Today, there are tour boats traveling the Tiber River, offering a relaxing way to see Rome. Though you may not be a famous Dutch painter, you can still capture this image by standing near the Ponte Sant'Angelo on the Lungotevere Tor Di Nona. From this excellent vantage point, you will snap postcard-worthy photographs of Castel Sant'Angelo.

5. The Classic Photo: The Colosseum



Undoubtedly, the Colosseum (also spelt Coliseum, or Colosseo in Italian) is one of the most iconic images in this city and provides some of the best photo opportunities Rome can offer. There is not a bad angle to photograph the Colosseum, but my best photo is the one that I took standing directly below it and looking straight up. I think of the many people who came to Rome to see it when it was first built. I can only imagine how small and overwhelmed they must have felt. It probably looked like the top of the Colosseum touched the sky. It is difficult to take photographs of the Colosseum from a great distance, but you will find the best view walking along the Via dei Fori Imperiali towards the Piazza del Colosseo. When you are looking for the best photo opportunities in Rome, this one cannot be missed. Don't forget this location offers the best photos ops of Rome's Forum and Trajan's Market, too. The Colosseum opens at 8:30AM and closes between 4:30PM and 7.15PM depending on the season. The adult admission price is Û12. Visitors under 18 or over 65 from the European Union go free; other nationalities pay Û7.50.

An avid traveler, Rosanna I. Porter is the author of eight textbooks and Tofu Ling children's book series. Read her blog on Red Room.

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