5 Best Photo Opportunites in Rome
Lee Van Grack
1. The Romantic Photo: Villa Borghese Row Boat
Imagine spending a romantic afternoon with your loved one, lost in one of the most romantic spots in the city known for its passion. In the center of the city is Villa Borghese, the largest park in Rome. Hidden within the park, surrounded by lush gardens and walkways, you will find a beautiful lake. The afternoon can be spent by taking a stroll along the river bank or cozying up on a picnic blanket with some of the food that Rome is famous for. Here you can also rent a row boat or a swan boat to get a more intimate look at the lake and it's surroundings. Watch the ducks and turtles basking in the warm sun, paddle up to the Tempio di Esculapio that houses the statue of Aesclepius, the god of healing. Listen to the calm sounds of the birds in the trees above as you float around this tranquil scene. With boat rentals typically costing 4 Euros for 20 minutes, this is the perfect opportunity for a romantic afternoon with your sweetheart. Whether you are just falling in love or have been together for years, a boat ride on the lake at Villa Borghese is our top pick for the most romantic photo op in Rome.
2. The Quirky Photo: A Man in Ruins
For our top pick for quirkiest photo op, we are sending you on a hunt of some of the most mysterious and strange statues in the city. In a place that is known for beautiful sculptures of gods and angels among many other captivating scenes, there are also giant sculptures of body parts scattered throughout the city. Start in the courtyard of the Capitolini Museum, where you will find giant pieces of what was once a sculpture of Constantine II. Then, continue your search for a giant foot located in a mysterious back alley. See how many of these massive, random stone body parts you can find and see if you can unlock the mystery of their origins on your journey through Rome.
3. The Family Fun Photo: The Mouth of Truth
For a photo op that will be entertaining for the whole family, we suggest the Roman statue Bocca del Verita, also known as, The Mouth of Truth. Popular as a photo op for travelers attracted to the mythology and legends of Rome, this statue of the face of Tiberinus, was at one time a storm drain. Legend says that this ancient face can discern whether or not someone is lying. For those brave enough to put Tiberinus to the test, we dare you to put your hand into his open mouth and have someone ask you a question. It can be about anything. If you respond with a lie, it is said that your hand will be swallowed up by the river god and if your answer is the truth, your hand will remain intact. It is located in the courtyard of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin church. Parents and children can test each other in their quest to find the truth at what is our top pick for fun family photo op in this mythical city.
4. The Scenic Photo: Janiculum Hill
The Janiculum, one of the seven original hills on the west side of Rome boasts some of the best panoramic views of the city. From here, you can see the Roman Forum and the Colosseum, the Tiber River, and numerous cathedrals and fountains. Remove yourself from the hustle and bustle of the city for a more calm look at what this city is hiding. Hearing the distant sounds of the cars and the people below over the soft patter of the fountain known as Acqua Paola, you can lose yourself in the wonder of this historic city. The fountain was erected for the male god of beginnings and endings, Janus, whom this site was named after. The fountain overlooks the Tiber River, which was named after his son, Tiberinus. I highly recommend visiting Janiculum Hill after dusk as the whole city takes on a new form at night. All of the spectacular monuments, buildings, and fountains become illuminated casting a warm glow that leaks from one street to the next, lighting the way for Rome's evening crowd. There is no view in Rome quite like the one here at Janiculum Hill.
5. The Classic Photo: The Colosseum
No trip to Rome would be complete without an original picture of the Roman Colosseum. This incredible arena was masterfully constructed around 2,000 years ago and was the social and political entertainment center of the city. Many people are aware of the infamous gladiator battles that took place here. What many people are unaware of is the fact that this was also the home of the first retractable stadium roof. There are so many interesting facts about the Colosseum that are not typically general knowledge, requiring that you get an up close look at this mammoth structure. May I suggest taking a walking tour to learn the ins and outs of this Roman gem? After the tour, make sure you get a picture or two of you and your friends in front of this massive structure. However, be aware that the friendly Roman soldiers standing outside the stadium, who will take a picture for you or even with you, do charge for their time and will ask you for payment afterwards. With its beautiful Roman-arched entrance ways and wondrous history that still echoes through the empty tunnels, this is our top pick for the classic photo op in Rome.
For travelers seeking out the many faces of this Eternal City, there are priceless photo opportunities around every corner that are sure to make your vacation a memorable one.
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