Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, which makes it a no-brainer for Instagrammers looking for a vacation full of snappable scenery. There’s a plethora of art, religious and architectural history in this vibrant destination.
On top of the must-see monuments, this ancient city is peppered with hidden gems to make your pics sparkle. Pro tip: Rome lights its hot spots beautifully at night, and they’re much less crowded for photos.
The city is just a little over an hour’s drive from Diamond’s Italian properties Palazzo at Soriano and Palazzo Catalani. Park your car near a metro station and head into the citta bella. Post these lovely locales on your Instagram feed to inspire plenty of vacation envy.
1. The Colosseum and Roman Forum
Of course, this landmark should be your first stop. Once you exit the Colosseo metro stop and climb the steps from the train tunnel, the Colosseum is breathtaking — not to mention, photogenic from any angle. Strike a pose with one of the Roman “guards” posted around the monument, and don’t be intimidated by the hike to the top floor. The panorama is picture-perfect, with a view to the tunnels beneath the stage where gladiators and beasts were once housed before and after a fight.
2. The Pyramid of Cestius
The oldest Roman ruin isn’t in the city center but can be found near the Protestant cemetery in Rome’s Testaccio neighborhood, easily accessible via the metro. It’s an ancient pyramid likely built around 12 B.C. and is a photo spot you won’t want to miss. The structure was originally built as a tomb for a Roman magistrate, and it stands 37 meters (about 121 feet) tall.
3. Climb to the Top of St. Peter’s Basilica
For the best view of Rome from above, climb to the top of the world’s largest basilica, St. Peter’s in Vatican City. The lookout from the top is stunning on a clear day. If you can’t make it to the top using the 551 stairs, just take the elevator to the first level and find yourself inside Michelangelo’s masterpiece dome, which is worth a few photos itself. Be mindful of any photograph restrictions, including not using a flash inside.
4. The Spanish Steps
It’s worth mentioning that the Roman city government has made it illegal to sit, eat or drink on the Spanish Steps. But that shouldn’t stop you from creating your social media masterpiece; after all, the steps were constructed to lure models, as well as artists and poets, to Rome. The square at the bottom of the steps features a fountain by the famous sculptor, Bernini, which is a lovely spot to take in the atmosphere — and a slice of pizza.
5. The Trevi Fountain
As one of the world’s most famous fountains, the Trevi Fountain has been immortalized in films like “Roman Holiday” with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, “Three Coins in the Fountain” and Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita.” A trip to Rome wouldn’t be complete without Instagram proof that you made a wish by throwing a coin into the fountain over your left shoulder.
This landmark is just steps from the Pantheon, too. While you’re in the area, make sure to stop by the temple, commissioned by Marcus Agrippa in 113 A.D., especially if you happen to be there at night when it’s beautifully lit up.
6. Via del Corso
There are plenty of gorgeous streets to photograph in Rome, but one of the most picturesque is Via del Corso. The street runs north and south through the city and leads ramblers through some of Rome’s most beautiful piazzas, including Piazza del Popolo and Piazza di Spagna. The best time to visit this street lined with high-end fashion boutiques is during the Christmas holidays when the avenue is lit by thousands of twinkling lights.
7. Ponte Milvio
Most European cities built around a river have a “lover’s bridge,” and in romantic Rome, the Ponte Milvio is it. The bridge is ancient, originally built in 110 B.C., but gained fame in modern times through the 2006 film, “I Want You.” After that, couples traversed the bridge together, and many still make the pilgrimage to steal a few private moments or take sweet selfies. It’s not uncommon to see a couple get engaged here or set up for a photo session.
8. Giolitti Gelateria
Many tourists might be drawn to the Technicolor gelatos lining the windows of Rome’s avenues, but in-the-know foodies head to the original spots like Giolitti Gelateria, which opened 120 years ago. Here’s how to know if the gelato you’re scarfing is legit: forget the bright colors and find ones with more muted tones — they’re made without artificial colors and flavors. At Giolitti, you’ll want to snap a shot of your triple-flavored cone against Rome’s background. No matter where you snap that pic, it’s guaranteed to have your followers drooling.
9. The Trastevere Neighborhood
Around every corner in the Roman neighborhood of Trastevere, every street is seemingly more photogenic than the next. Even better, you’ll likely be the only one on many of the tiny, narrow alleys snapping perfect Instagram shots. For fabulous authentic food, head to one of Trastevere’s famous osterias and trattorias, like Osteria Cacio e Pepe or Trattoria de Gli Amici for perfect pasta pics.
A year-round beauty, Rome’s scenery is particularly Insta-worthy no matter what time of year you visit. Fill your feed with images of Italy’s famous city, and you’ll want to come back to those majestic memories year after year.
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