best views in rome

The Best Views in Rome

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There is so much to see and do in Rome that you might forget to just stop, take a step back and ENJOY! From rushing to meet the hop on hop off bus to staring at your feet in a 2 hour queue, you might find it hard to see the woods for the trees. Not to mention, it can sometimes feel like spend, spend, spend as you fork out for attractions, dinner and gelato.

But some of the best things to do in Rome are free! This includes some of the best photograph locations in Rome, and – featured here – the best views. Read on for the best views in Rome. Don’t forget your camera and a bottle of water – some of these sights may require a bit of a hike!

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Sunrise – among the Best Views in Rome

Start off at the beginning of the day before the heat takes over and the crowds come out in force. Head to Terrazza Di Gianicolo for spectacular views of the sunrise. This gives magnificent panoramic vistas over the whole city. You will be well rewarded for the early start.

From here, as the sun comes over the horizon you will be able to spot some of Rome’s famous attractions. These include St Peter’s Basilica  and of course the Pantheon, as well as the famous Colosseum.

When – Sunrise in July is just after 5am, in October it is just after 7am

Where – Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi. 00165 Rome

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Sunset – the Best Views of Rome?

Amazing sunset photos can be taken in many places around Rome, however one of our favourites has got to be at Castel Sant’Angelo. The Castel affords amazing 360-degree views over Rome, and if caught in the right light is simply spectacular. Head to the terrace under the statue

When – Sunset – it means the sun will have shifted enough that the glare will not impinge any photos taken towards the south

Where Bus number 30 will take you there. Lungotevere Castello 00193

castel san angelo 360 panorama best views in rome

Best overall view of Rome

Head to the Borghese Gardens, situated within the Vatican for one of the best overall views of Rome. The best view is from the Pincio Terrace. You can access the Borghese Gardens and Villa on a special guided tour if you want to see the galleries in detail, and there are limited numbers allowed in at any one time. The view of Rome is however the main attraction.  You will get sweeping views of Rome from here, including St Peter’s Basilica and beyond.

When – whenever you want!

Where – Piazzale Napoleone 1 00197

best views in rome pincio terrace

Vatican, one of the Best views in Rome

One of the best views of the Vatican is from within St Peters’ Basilica. You will look down over St Peters’ square with its amazing Egyptian Obelisk. You will also have views of the Via della Conciliazione, the Castel St Angelo and the river Tiber.

Climb the 231 steps upward to the first level (you can also take an elevator here). Then, there are an additional 320 steps to the top. Take your camera here and expect to see some fabulous sights stretching for miles around.

When – The dome opens at about 8am. This is the best time to go, as it is not crowded at all. It closes at 5pm in the low season, and 6pm from April to September.

Cost – 8€ per adult

Where – The Vatican!

best panorama in rome st peters dome

Best view of Rome for a sundowner

Where is the best place for a sundowner in Rome? A nice cocktail perhaps or a refreshing glass of crisp white wine?  Well, we are back again at the Villa Borghese, this time in the famous Casina Valadier.

The aptly names Vista restaurant is stuffed with historical charms and amazing atmosphere. Successfully refurbished to retain the neo classical vibe and former splendour, this restaurant has played host to numerous famous patrons.

Amongst a high-class atmosphere, extra good service and a great menu you can take a look at the sweeping views over Rome. The Vista Restaurant sits on the highest part of the Pincio Terrace and is the perfect place to head to for a romantic evening.

When – Evenings, just in time to watch the sun going down over a cocktail. Be sure to reserve a table in advance!

Where Piazza Bucarest 00187 Rome

best view rome from casina valladier

Conclusion of the best views in Rome

There you have it! Some of the best views in Rome! But don’t take our word for it – get booking your Rome trip today! Check out our numerous resources to help you plan here !