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Rome is truly a magnificent destination.

The captivating aura, energy, beautiful images, history – the city’s character.

It was my third time visiting the Eternal City and probably the best. Third time’s a charm as they say and it was, thanks to my plan on avoiding the highly touristic spots around town, waiting in long lines and enjoying the popular landmarks from a distance. The view is magical wherever you choose to enjoy it from: whether that is from above, or by the river banks, or even the view around the cute, little alleys.

Each and every corner of the city is an opportunity for a great photo and if you are into photography, I guarantee you will absolutely love Rome. It was hard to pick my favorite spots, since literally every spot in Rome is a picture – worthy one! I enjoy sharing my recommendations, all the places I’ve been to and experiences I’ ve enjoyed to help you plan your trip.

Today, I’m sharing my top 5 favorite spots to take INCREDIBLE photos. Keep in mind that time, equipment and editing are essential to achieve the perfect result. What you should definetly avoid are the touristic spots like Fontana di Trevi or the Spanish Steps which are overly crowded all day long (unless you visit them at 6 am!). If you don’t mind being photographed next to thousands of people, go ahead. I do.

#1. VILLA BORGHESE

This was my first stop. The view from the Villa to the historic city center is fantastic. It is worth visiting during the afternoon to enjoy the sunset. Although the gardens might be a little crowded, Villa Borghese is one of the most quiet spots in the city.

It’s also a great spot for a picnic, a great alternative for a quiet afternoon in the city!

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#2. COLOSSEUM 

Τhe Colosseum was in my bucket list for quite a while now. Mostly because it was a challenge for me to find a great spot – a spot without hundreads of tourists ruining my photo. Is it possible to take a good photo in one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World with the masses of tourists visiting it for the same reason?

I shared many posts on my instagram – especially at this very spot where I could finally take amazing -not crowded- photos near the Colosseum. Check my ROME HIGHLIGHTS and you will find the map with the exact spot!

Essential props: PIZZA!

 

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#3. THE PIAZZA EFFECT

Rome is full of beautiful squares to visit and enjoy a few hours of doing nothing but relaxing, watching the view. From Piazza Navona, Piazza della Madonna dei Monti, the Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza del Popolo or Piazza Venezia, there are endless choices. Yet, these squares are rarely quiet or totally empty, except during the night. To better understand what I mean, the various Piazzas in Italy usually get crowded from early in the morning – around 6.30 pm.

I couldn’t skip visiting the famous Italian Piazzas. Αll I had to do was to find the perfect corner, the right angle, the best lens and a matching mood to take amazing city photos!

 

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#4. AROUND THE LITTLE ALLEYS

When in Rome, do as the Romans do!

The best way to get to know a city, is to explore it on foot. What makes Rome unique, is that you can really walk around town and enjoy it. If you’ re staying in the city center, there is no reason to take the metro to move around. 

Walking around the Eternal City is an one-of-a-kind experience: you will get to know it better, you’ll feel like a local, you’ll love the green bikes and the cute colofrul Vespas roaming around the small alleys! All these moments of everyday life in Rome are the best themes for an amazing photo! Plus, somewhere around these alleys, you will discover the Kingdom of Tiramisu, the best spot to enjoy authentic, delicious italian Tiramisu! 

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#5. AT THE BANKS OF THE TIBER

Last but not least, my absolute favorite spot for photos in Rome. Just before sunset when everyone was walking towards the Sant’Angelo bridge, we found the ideal photo spot, alongside the Tiber.

It’s a magical setting, right out of the set of a romantic movie with the colours of the sunset painting the historic buildings and the Sant’Angelo, making everything look mesmerizing! Walk by the river banks, find the perfect lighting and right after sunset, when it’s darker, head to the bridge for amazing photos with the city lights in the background.

 

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Maria Kalymnou

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