In the era of social networks, technology, and rapid access to all human knowledge through pocket-sized devices, there is an art form that, among other things, creates a strong marriage between action in the field and keeping up with the times. Let’s talk about photography. Whether you are looking for the characteristic street corner, the green landscape, the imposing monument or the moment of a life lived by chance, there is a place where you can find all this and much more, to be immortalized in your memory cards and your heart: Rome. Even when it comes to photos, it makes sense to say that all roads lead to Rome. Here are some tips on where to take beautiful photos in Rome, but beware: it would never be possible to enclose in a few lines the immensity of Caput Mundi because you will never be able to see it all. For every advice we give, there will be a wonderful thing to photograph a few meters away. But this must not be so much a limit, as an excuse to come back! Cameras in hand, of course!
Lock Hole, Aventine Hill
One of the ancient Seven Hills of Rome, the Aventine, as well as being an elegant and refined neighbourhood, boasts the presence of the beautiful Orange Garden, which we recommend to photograph in the golden light of dawn or dusk. The Garden also offers a splendid view of the city and is very close to the Basilica of Santa Sabina and the Basilica of Saints Boniface and Alexis. However, and this is becoming an increasingly popular “secret” unfortunately and fortunately, the most interesting thing to photograph is perhaps the view of the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica through the Hole of the Lock. Well, this is nothing more than… the real keyhole of a closed-door leading to the private gardens of the Order of Malta’s Grand Priory of Rome, which is very difficult to visit. But no one will stop you from spying, and if all goes well to photograph, through the lock and an arched hedge, the famous Dome.
Located between Piazza Buenos Aires and Via Tagliamento, the district (which is not the official district) takes its name from the architect who designed it and develops around Piazza Mincio. Walking in this frame is like getting out directly from a time machine: Art Nouveau meets Baroque, Gothic and much more, starting from the main entrance, a deliberately asymmetrical arch with a large wrought iron chandelier, already excellent as the first subject of your photos. Followed by Piazza Mincio, the centre of the neighbourhood, with the Fountain of Frogs. And more palaces, villas, embassies, the whole neighbourhood is dotted with decorations, different themes at every corner, facades that seem to be woven in cloth and gold embroidery. In short, a melting pot of different styles and tributes, not to be missed for those who try to photograph twentieth-century urban views, chosen among other things as a set by directors such as Dario Argento, Richard Donner, Francesco Barilli and Carlo Vanzina.
Sant’Andrea Della Valle
Another place to visit (and let’s not forget: to photograph) in the late afternoon, when the light is perfectly golden, is Sant’Andrea Della Valle. Rome is the city with the most churches in the world, almost a thousand, so which one to visit? From the most famous to the mosaics of the Basilica of San Clemente to the works of the great, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Raphael in the Basilica of St. Augustine. But there are still some that, although ignored by the masses, remain true wonders, such as St. Andrew of the Valley. The external facade may deceive, but the interior has beautiful stonework, and frescoes of extraordinary proportions. Moreover, if you are interested, this is one of the places in Rome where you can see the “Tetragrammaton”, the sacred name of Yahweh! We are tempted to tell you where, but you find it!
These are just some of the places perhaps not very well known in the world, but more than worthy of being photographed! As always, even if all the “paths” lead to Rome, it is worth going “off the beaten path”.