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10 Best Sights in Rome

Do you want an indelible image of the Eternal City? Discover in this post 10 viewpoints with the best views of Rome that will leave you in awe.

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

9 min read

10 Best Sights in Rome

Roma postcard | ©Nikita Ermilov

Rome is one of the most photogenic cities on the planet - its beauty is a traveler's dream! From ancient monuments to Renaissance and Baroque architecture, Rome's squares are full of charm.

The capital of Italy must be enjoyed calmly and doing it from one of its viewpoints is the best way to capture with your camera the soul of the Eternal City Take note, because contemplating it from the heights is one of the things to do in Rome. Ah! And if you're wondering how to get to each of the sites, relax: here I leave you a guide to the subway of Rome.

1. The Dome of St. Peter's

Dome of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome| ©Briana Tozour
Dome of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome| ©Briana Tozour

One of the great attractions of the Vatican City is to visit St. Peter's Basilica and, of course, to contemplate the beautiful views from the immense dome of St. Peter's of the city of Rome.

To contemplate the scenery from here requires an entrance fee but I assure you that the experience is worth it. You can't leave without seeing from the heights the breathtaking view of St. Peter's Square, Bernini's sculptures on the Colonnade, without visiting St. Angelo's Castle, the orange rooftops of Rome and the dome itself inside.

The best time to climb St. Peter's dome is early in the morning, when silence reigns and the city is calm, the atmosphere is imposing and awe-inspiring!

Information of interest

Address: Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City,
How to get there: By subway, line A to the station Ottaviano-S. Pietro station.

I want to visit St. Peter's Dome

2. Sant'Angelo Castle

Detail of Castel Sant'Angelo| ©Michele Bitetto
Detail of Castel Sant'Angelo| ©Michele Bitetto

From the upper terrace of Castel Sant'Angelo, a fortress near the Vatican, you will have spectacular panoramic views of the city, the Tiber River, St. Peter's Basilica, the "passetto" (the corridor that connects to the Vatican) and a different perspective of the castle itself than we normally have from the ground walking through the surrounding streets.

To access the viewpoint and the rest of the building you must purchase a ticket for the Castel Sant'Angelo. If you want to enjoy one of the best views of Rome from the terrace, I recommend you to visit the monument on the way, because what was originally the Mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian, over time has served as a military fortification, papal residence, prison and museum. Behind its walls keeps a lot of interesting stories!

When you leave Castel Sant'Angelo, I advise you to go to the Umberto I bridge (it will only take you 10 more minutes) because from there there are some very nice but not so well known views of the Vatican with the great dome in the background and the Sant'Angelo bridge in the foreground. You will get some amazing pictures!

Useful information

Address: Lungotevere Castello, 50.
How to get there: By bus, lines 23, 34, 49, 49, 64, 87, 280, 492, 926 and 990.

Buy tickets for the Castel St'Angelo

3. The Orange Garden

Sunset in the Orange Garden| ©Mark Radford
Sunset in the Orange Garden| ©Mark Radford

Tucked away in a small corner of the Aventine Hill, the Garden of Oranges is a park somewhat removed from the bustle of the center of Rome where you will find a haven of peace ideal for a break and recharge your batteries while enjoying one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the capital.

Keep your camera turned on on the way to the Garden of Oranges because on the way you will see beautiful views of the Baths of Caracalla, the Forum with the Monument to King Victor Emmanuel II or the Tiber Island.

Upon arrival you will find a beautiful entrance with a fountain and a path surrounded by pine trees will lead you to the panoramic terrace from where you will see in a straight line the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, the Trastevere district, Piazza Venezia and the rest of Rome at your feet.

If you decide to visit the Orange Garden, I recommend going at sunset because the atmosphere is magical. And don't forget to have a picnic because you will want to stay there for a while contemplating the scenery and the beautiful play of colors with which the sky of Rome is dyed during sunset.

Information of interest

Address: Piazza Pietro D'Illiria, 00153 Rome RM, Italy
How to get there: By subway, line B, Circo Massimo station.

4. The lock of the Order of Malta

Looking through the Lock of the Order of Malta| ©Nicolas Esposito
Looking through the Lock of the Order of Malta| ©Nicolas Esposito

Near the Garden of Oranges on the Aventine, one of the 7 hills of Rome, is the headquarters of the Order of the Knights of Malta, which has one of the best views of Rome. Although its viewpoint is a little different from the rest... one of the many wonderful hidden secrets of Rome!

It is the lock of the entrance gate to the estate of the Priory of Malta, through which there are very original views of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica at the bottom of a gallery of hedges.

In addition, the curious thing about this peculiar viewpoint is that when you look out over the landscape from this lock you will be seeing three states at the same time. Yes, just as you read it! And from here you can see the Italian, the Vatican and the Order of Malta (the only state without a country in the world). Don't you think it's extraordinary?

Unfortunately for tourists, the garden of the Order of the Knights of Malta can not be visited but at least you can contemplate a unique view of St. Peter's Basilica. Come to this viewpoint after going to the Garden of Orange Trees - it will blow your mind!

Information of interest

Address: Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, number 3.
How to get there: By subway, line B, Circo Massimo station.

5. The viewpoint of the Trinità dei Monti

At the Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti| ©Kevin Gessner
At the Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti| ©Kevin Gessner

Climbing the monumental staircase leading to the church of the Santissima Trinità dei Monti in the center of Rome you will find a viewpoint that opens in front of the temple from where you will have a very cool view and a different perspective of the always busy Spanish Steps with the Fountain of the Barge in front. One of the most frequented places by tourists and Romans that will ring a bell for having appeared many times in the movies.

It is almost a tradition to sit on the steps to observe the lively atmosphere of the square, take some pictures and relax for a while.

When you climb all the steps, taking Via del Babuino you will reach Piazza del Popolo, where after climbing another staircase you will reach the Pincio Terrace, another of the viewpoints with the best views of Rome.

Information of interest

Address: Piazza di Spagna.
How to get there: By subway, line A station Spagna.

6. The Pincio terrace

View from the Pincio terrace| ©Fred Romero
View from the Pincio terrace| ©Fred Romero

The Pincio Hill is one of the most visited hills in Rome (without being one of the famous 7 hills of the Italian capital) thanks to its spectacular panoramic terrace overlooking the monumental Piazza del Popolo and from which you can see not only this enclave in front line but also the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, Castel Sant'Angelo, the monument to King Victor Emmanuel II and some of the best monuments of Rome.

This belvedere has one of the best views of the Eternal City! Already in the 19th century the Roman aristocracy loved to go to this park to enjoy the spectacular panorama of Rome from here, especially at sunset. And it is a custom that the Romans have preserved over time.

In fact, watching the sunset from the Pincio hill in the company of someone special is one of the most romantic moments you can experience during your stay in Rome. But if you are visiting Rome alone, backpacking, it is also a good place to rest and take a break in the middle of nature.

The Pincio hill terrace can be reached by climbing a monumental staircase from the Spanish Steps or through Piazza del Popolo itself, (north of Rome) taking the stairs on the left until you reach the beginning of the park of the Villa Borghese gardens. In fact, it is a good stop to make before visiting the Borghese Gallery.

Interesting information

Address: Salita del Pincio, 00187 Roma
How to get there: Walking from Piazza di Spagna or Piazza del Popolo.

Book a guided tour of the Borghese Gallery

7. The Gianicolo

Viewpoint of the Gianicolo| ©Wikimedia
Viewpoint of the Gianicolo| ©Wikimedia

The Gianicolo hill is another of the most special viewpoints in Rome to enjoy the views of the city given the great height at which it is located (85 meters above sea level!) It is considered the eighth hill of the city and is a very pleasant area for walking.

Located above the Trastevere district, its terrace ends in a great viewpoint from where you can contemplate all the beauty of Rome: from dozens of churches in the city to the monument to King Victor Emmanuel II and the dome of the Pantheon of Rome. Not even the statue of Garibaldi, located on Gianicolo hill and overlooking the city, wants to miss such magnificent views.

And while you go to the Gianicolo to enjoy the scenery, take the opportunity to visit other interesting sites on the hilltop such as the church of San Pietro in Montorio, the Manfredi Lighthouse or the Fontana dell'Acqua Paola.

Interesting information

Address: via Garibaldi, Salita di Sant'Onofrio, 00165 Roma
How to get there: By bus, line 870

8. The terrace of the Monument to King Victor Emmanuel II

Piazza Venezia where the Monument to King Victor Emmanuel II is located.| ©Michelle Bitetto
Piazza Venezia where the Monument to King Victor Emmanuel II is located.| ©Michelle Bitetto

The monument to King Victor Emmanuel II is a controversial building because its construction required the demolition of several buildings in an old Renaissance square and because of its colossal dimensions, the Romans considered that the "Vittoriano" did not fit its location.

However, today it has become a fantastic viewpoint from which you will have some of the best views of Rome at 70 meters high.

To go up to the upper terrace, at the height of the quadrigas, you will have to take one of the panoramic elevators that leave the terrace at the level of the colonnade for which you will have to pay an access ticket.

From the top you will have a 360º panoramic view of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum, the Trajan Column, the Imperial Forums or the Via del Corso.

Interesting information

Address: via Garibaldi, Salita di Sant'Onofrio, 00165 Roma
How to get there: By bus, lines C3, 30, 80, 83, 85, 160 and 170.

9. The terrace of the Palatine Hill

Visiting the Palatine Hill| ©Fred Romero
Visiting the Palatine Hill| ©Fred Romero

From the terrace of the Palatine Hill, the most central of Rome's 7 hills, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Roman Forum, the same views that the Roman emperors used to contemplate!

The Palatine Hill is one of the oldest areas of the city and is considered the cradle of the capital of Italy. Take a look at this natural viewpoint to see the remains of these fabulous ancient buildings that have withstood the centuries and are still standing.

From the terrace of the Palatine Hill you can see the Colosseum, the Triumphal arches, the temples and basilicas or the house of the Vestals and imagine for a moment what Rome would have been like two millennia ago. Walking among those millenary stones is an indescribable emotion, you have to experience it!

Interesting information

Address: Via di San Gregorio, 30.
How to get there: By subway, line B, Colosseo station.

Buy tickets for the Colosseum

10. The Campidoglio viewpoint

View from the Campidoglio lookout point| ©Macbhel
View from the Campidoglio lookout point| ©Macbhel

From the Campidoglio viewpoint you will have one of the best views of Rome and one of the most photogenic views of the Roman Forum from another perspective with the Temple of Saturn in the foreground and the Colosseum on the horizon. Take your camera well charged with battery because you will not stop taking pictures!

The Campidoglio viewpoint, behind the Palazzo Senatorio to the right of the Tabularium, is usually crowded, especially in the late afternoon when the lighting of the Roman Forum is turned on so try to go a little earlier to get a good spot.

Interesting information

Address: Piazza del Campidoglio
How to get there: By subway, line B, Colosseum station.