Bramante staircase at the Vatican in hues of orange and aqua.

55 most instagrammable places in rome

(Last Updated On: April 1, 2021)

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Rome is one of those cities that’s just so stunningly beautiful, it’s almost incomprehensible that this list would even be necessary. Still, with so many hidden gems and underrated views, I’d be doing a disservice to the city I once called home if I didn’t compile this list for the blog. So, here they are – the 55 most Instagrammable places in Rome!

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most instagrammable places in rome: landmarks & tourist sites


altare della patria

Altare della Patria, one of the most Instagrammable places in Rome, seen from the left hand side of the monument during sunset.

Photo: @onlyclassy

Also known as Victor Emmanuel II Monument or Vittoriano, Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) is the commanding building in Piazza Venezia that was initially built to pay homage to the first king of unified Italy, Victor Emmanuel II.

The monument also houses the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, representative of all Italian soldiers who gave their lives during the wars.


arco di constantino

Arch of Constantine with the Colosseum in the background, both some of the most beautiful and Instagrammable places in Rome.

The Arch of Constantine was constructed between 312 and 315 AD. The Senate commissioned it to commemorate 10 years of Constantine’s reign. It’s located on the ancient route of triumphs, Via Triumphalis, which is the way emperors would reenter the city after victory.


aventine keyhole

View through shrubs at the Aventine Keyhole with St. Peter's Basilica shown through the bushes.  The Aventine Keyhole is one of the most Instagrammable places in Rome.

A lesser-known attraction in Rome is the Aventine Keyhole. It is found in the gardens of the Villa del Priorato di Malta on Aventine Hill. The property itself belongs to the Priory of the Knights of Malta, a Roman Catholic crusader order. Despite holding no territory, the Priory of the Knights of Malta is sovereign under International law and maintains diplomatic relations with many countries.

Be sure to plan your visit by appointment and expect to wait in line to get this iconic shot of the green dome of St. Peter’s Basilica as seen through the keyhole.


bocca della verità

Close-up of the Bocca della Verita (Mouth of Truth) Stone disc in Rome.

Dare to tell a lie with your hand inside the Bocca della Verità, one of Rome’s most popular tourist stops. While it’s best known as an ancient lie detector from its cameo in Roman Holiday, this large marble disc was probably once a mere drain cover. The face is the depiction of the Titan sea god, Oceanus.


bramante staircase

Bramante staircase at the Vatican Museum, one of the most Instagrammable places in Rome.  Colors are edited in purple and orange.

Photo: @filipmiljus

Did you know there are two Bramante Staircases? The modern version (pictured) was built in 1932 and is a replica of its original, which was built in 1505. The double helix design was to allow pack animals and carriages to ascend and descend without interruption. The Pope would go up the staircase while still in his carriage, as his papal vestments would be too heavy for him to walk.

Both staircases are in the Pio-Clementine Museum in Vatican City, though the modern one is more commonly visited. You need special access to visit the original. As you can see from the photos, it makes for an epic Instagrammable place in Rome. You can do wonders with editing and color saturation to create the desired effect.

Bramante staircase at the Vatican in hues of orange and aqua.

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campo de’ fiori

Close-up of Roman artichokes in shades of purple and green with a yellow sign 'Carciofo Romanesco' at Campo di Fiori.

Campo de’ Fiori is the home to a daily food and flower market that at night becomes a gathering place for young people and tourists. If you’re looking for vibrant-colored Roman veggies or flowers to brighten up your IG, this is the place.

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castel (& ponte) sant’ angelo

Castel Sant'Angelo, one of the most Instagrammable places in Rome, seen during autumn looking up from the Tiber with fallen leaves on the river.

Photo: @giancarlopannese

In my opinion, this is the most beautiful place to take Instagrammable photos while in Rome. More experienced photographers can play with the reflection of the bridge and castle on the Tiber, while amateurs need only to point-and-shoot for an epic shot.

The cylindrical building was initially commissioned as a mausoleum for emperor Hadrian. It has since been used as a castle, fortress, prison, and is now a museum.

With dreamy views like this, is it any wonder that Rome is one of the best honeymoon destinations in Europe?


chiesa della trinità dei monti

Looking up the Spanish Steps in Rome toward the Chiesa della Trinita dei Monti with some palm trees and a lamp post in the foreground.

This church is lesser-known by name and more popularly known as the ‘church above the Spanish Steps.’ It’s a popular backdrop for many photoshoots in Rome.


colosseum (exterior)

Woman standing by the Colosseum wall at night looking down at the street in Rome.

Photo: @chiara__micelli

Similar to Castel Sant’Angelo, the Colosseum is one of the most iconic structures of Rome and one of the most Instagrammable places in the city. The trick is to time your photo shoot to capture minimal tourists. Visiting in the off-season and in early morning hours will give you the best odds.


colosseum (interior)

Interior of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy - one of the most Instagrammable places in the city.

Photo: @diciottozerotre

Fun fact: Despite having lived in Rome and visiting countless other occasions, I have never been inside the Colosseum! Crowds and queues aren’t my thing, what can I say?

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fontana dell’acqua paola

Fontana dell'acqua Paola, with no crowds under blue skies.  One of the best places to take Instagram photos in Rome.

Found on Gianicolo, Fontana dell’Acqua Paola served as the inspiration for the much-more-famous Trevi Fountain. It served as the end of the Acqua Paola aqueduct and clean-water source for residents of Gianicolo. There are more than 2,000 fountains in Rome, of varying sizes – one of many interesting facts about Rome!

If you want to capture a gorgeous, monumental Roman fountain with less tourists, you’ll have better luck here than at the Trevi.


galleria alberto sordi

Glass art nouveau ceiling of Galleria Alberto Sordi, a shopping arcade in Rome.

Photo: @elisa.delmedico,

Not all of the most Instagrammable places in Rome are ancient. In fact, some of the city’s most beautiful structures are quite modern. Galleria Alberto Sordi, a shopping arcade, is a beautiful example of Art Nouveau design in Rome.


galleria doria pamphilj

Elaborate hall with gold details, painted frescoes on the ceiling, sculptures, and glass chandeliers at Galleria Doria Pamphilj, one of the most beautiful places in Rome.

The Galleria Doria Pamphilj is a large art collection housed in a breathtaking Baroque palace. It is the largest privately owned art collection in Rome, and makes for some stunning photos.


galleria sciarra

Glass and iron ceiling of Galleria Sciarra in Rome, Italy, edited in hues of orange and teal.  One of the most beautiful places in Rome.

Housed in an unassuming building a stone’s throw away from the Trevi Fountain is the Galleria Sciarra. This place is simply a home to offices, but the interior courtyard is open to the public. The ceiling is a design of glass and iron, while the walls are adorned in frescoes depicting feminine virtues, paying homage to women.


gianicolo hill

View of domed buildings and the top of Altare della Patria as seen from Gianicolo hill in Rome, Italy.

The second tallest hill in Rome, Gianicolo is where you can find some of the most sweeping views of the eternal city. Fun fact: Gianicolo is technically outside the city limits of Ancient Rome, and is not included in Rome’s Seven Hills.

I spent a lot of time here during my studies at the American University of Rome, yet never get tired of seeing Rome from above, with its many domes and bell towers.


largo di torre argentina

Cat resident at Lago della Torre, the cat sanctuary at the site of four ancient temples in Rome, Italy.

This large square in Rome is home to the remains of four Roman Republican Temples (A, B, C, & D). Temple D has gained popularity among cat lovers, as it is home to a cat sanctuary. The sanctuary provides sterilization and adoption programs to its more than 350 feline residents.


orange garden

The Orange Garden  in Rome Italy, seen during sunset with a domed building seen in the background.

Situated atop Aventine Hill, the Orange Garden is a park that spans just under 8,000 square meters. Its official name is Parco Savello, which is how it is designated on maps. Come here for an iconic orange-hued Roman sunset or an escape from the bustling city streets below.


palazzo spada

Looking down Borromini's Perspective Corridor in Rome, Italy - one of the city's most Instagrammable places

Palazzo Spada is home to a small art collection, but its real treasure is Borromini’s Perspective Corridor. Looking down this architectural masterpiece, it seems as though the corridor is 30-or-so meters long, when in fact, it is under 9 meters in length.

Borromini had been commissioned to make the space appear larger. Using a sloped floor and shorter columns toward the statue of Mars at the end, Borromini created an incredible optical illusion. Seriously, you’ll stare down the corridor for quite a while trying to figure it out. And the statue of Mars? It’s under 80 cm tall.


pantheon

View of the Pantheon in Rome with the fountain in the foreground.

Photo: @readytotravel_

One of Rome’s most popular tourist sites, the Pantheon is an ancient temple-turned-church. With its Corinthian columns and near-perfect preservation, it’s one of the most Instagrammable places in Rome. Try getting a photo that includes the Fontana della Pantheon for a splash of color.


piazza del popolo

Piazza del Popolo with the lion fountain in the foreground, water coming out of its mouth.

Also known as People’s Square, Piazza del Popolo is a popular site for photographers in Rome. Home to one of Rome’s quintessential obelisks, the square showcases some beautiful examples of Roman fountains and architecture. This is where the city’s executions took place up until the 1800’s.


piazza della rotonda

The obelisk in Piazza della Rotonda, with people sitting on its steps and the orange and white buildings in the background.

On the south side of Piazza della Rotonda is where you will find the Pantheon. The magnificent fountain and obelisk in the center of the square make this one of the most Instagrammable places in Rome!


piazza di campidoglio

Piazza di Campidoglio, with a large tower and pink-ish hued buildings.  There are magenta flowers in the foreground at the bottom of the image.

Photo: @edo__ph

Piazza di Campidoglio is situated upon Capitoline Hill, the most important of Rome’s Seven Hills. It’s the first modern square to be built within the city limits of ancient Rome.


piazza di pietra

Empty tables set up in Piazza di Pietra with tall ancient columns on the left hand side of the image.

Also known as Stone Square, its name is derived from the remains of the ancient Hadrianeum, whose columns are pictured above. Today the square serves as a gathering place in the evening, with cafés and gorgeous illumination of the ancient temple.


piazza di spagna

Looking up the Spanish Steps from the boat fountain, one of the most Instagrammable places in Rome.

Best known for its location at the base of the Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna is one of the most visited square in all of Rome. That being said, if you’re hoping to snap the perfect photo for your Instagram, it’s best to arrive in the early morning, just as the sun is rising in order to minimize the presence of tourists.


piazza navona

Close-up of the Fountain of Four Rivers in Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy.

Another piazza? Yes, another. Piazza Navona is among Rome’s most beautiful, and undoubtedly one of the most Instagrammable places in the city. The square is best known for its sculptural creations, including many exquisite fountains.


ponte milvio

Ponte Milvio reflected in the water of the Tiber and edited in shades of teal and greens.

Photo: @vincenzo_contursi

The Milvian Bridge is in the northern part of the city. It holds historical significance as the site of the Battle of Ponte Milvio, which led to the imperial rule of Constantine. With the right light, the view of the bridge from down the Tiber and its reflection on the river makes for a gorgeous photo.


ponte umberto i

View of Ponte Umberto I crossing the Tiber in Rome with St. Peter's Basilica in the background, edited in shades of gold.

Photo: @davidinobu

There’s not a whole heap of history at Ponte Umberto I (relative to some other places on this list), but how perfect is that view!? Face toward the Vatican and get St. Peter’s Basilica as a backdrop.


roman forum

View of the Roman Forum during one of Rome's bright orange sunsets with birds flying overhead.

Photo: @hannapisi

Aside from the Colosseum, you’re hard-pressed to find any place more quintessentially ancient Roman than the Forum. Here, you’ll find the ruins of many ancient Roman political buildings, where matters of state were discussed and the future of the modern world was decided.


spanish steps

Looking up at the church from the bottom of the Spanish Steps during a cloudy evening with the street lamps turned on.

One of Rome’s most iconic and Instagrammable tourist sites, the Spanish Steps are on everyone’s radar. Be sure to get there early to avoid tourists and achieve optimal lighting.


st. peter’s square

Close-up of a fountain in St. Peter's Square with water spraying down.

Photo: @kdalessandro74

Located within the confines of Vatican City (which is not part of Italy – did you know?), you’ll find one of the most famous piazze in all the world. The square itself and the iconic green-domed basilica are named after St. Peter, considered by Catholics world-wide to have been the first Pope.

If you’re hoping to avoid the crowds, avoid coming to St. Peter’s Square on Wednesdays and Sundays, when the Pope addresses the public. If you’re into religion, those are the best days to go.

For a unique and unforgettable experience to have in Italy, you can have breakfast at the Vatican and a private tour!


teatro di marcello

Teatro di Marcello with pink skies and the faint outline of a moon rising.

Photo: @davidinobu

The largest and most important open-air theatre of ancient Rome, Teatro di Marcello could hold 11,000-20,000 spectators. It’s one of the most beautifully-preserved and Instagrammable places in Rome!


terrazza del pincio

Orange sunset over Piazza del Popolo and St. Peter's Basilica as seen from Pincio Terrace in Rome, Italy.

Photo: @lorenzo_ceccarelliph

If sweeping views are what you’re after, Terrazza del Pincio will not disappoint. This 19th century terrace has a beautiful fountain and offers breathtaking views of Piazza del Popolo and St. Peter’s Basilica.


trevi fountain

Intricate details of the Trevi Fountain with greenish waters in the basin below.

Definitely making the top three most-visited tourist sites in Rome, Fontana di Trevi is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and among the most famous in the entire world. The fountain dates back to *gasp* 19BC and has undergone several restoration/renovation efforts.

As with other overly-crowded places that make this list, your best bet is to arrive for sunrise. Or, do as the Romans do, and skip the Trevi, have a bevi!


villa borghese

Temple surrounded by water at Villa Borghese, one of the most Instagrammable places in Rome.

The Villa Borghese is a landscaped garden in Rome that dates back to the early 1600’s. It’s the third largest public park in the city and contains temples, museums, gardens, and art collections.


villa farnesina

Detailed, painted ceilings of Villa Farnesina in Rome, one of the mosts Instagrammable places in Rome.

Photo: @rome.tati

Considered to be one of the most magnificent examples of the Italian Renaissance, Villa Farnesina is located in Trastevere. There are guided tours available (COVID pending). Special hours that can be found here.

most instagrammable places in rome: restaurants & hotels

Not all of the most Instagrammable places in Rome are tourist sites – some are simply restaurants or accommodations. If you’re willing to shell out the cash, that is – these hotels I’ve listed below will cost you!


baglioni hotel regina

Rooftop terrace at Baglioni Hotel Regina, a luxury hotel in Rome.  There are purple flowers covering the iron gates.

Photo: @beneluxetravel

This splendid building was built in 1892, and is a shining example of Italian art deco. You’ll find an abundance of marble, brass, bronze and velvet. And the terrace is to-die-for, with sweeping views of Rome. Animals up to 15kg are permitted to stay as well, so you don’t need to leave your furry friends at home. Rooms here start at € 270 per night.


eitch borromini

Rooftop terrace of Eitch Borromini overlooking the city of Rome, one of the most Instagrammable places in Rome.

Photo: @dametravelerhotels

Eitch Borromini is actually a hotel, so staying here is also an option. However, the real highlight of this place is its rooftop bar. Rooms here start at € 100 per night.


holy deer san lorenzo city lodge

Woman sitting on the edge of a bed in a luxurious Roman hotel room.

Photo: @thelorenzaveronica

Located directly on Piazza Navona, the Holy Deer San Lorenzo City Lodge is a gorgeous hotel option, and, I’ll admit, it has an air of mystery to it. In my research I’m unable to find pricing for their rooms – you have to submit a special enquiry on their website.


hotel de russie

Small table set outdoors with a small window overlooking St. Peter's Basilica at the Hotel de Russie in Rome, Italy.

photo: @hotelderussie

The garden terrace at Hotel de Russie is absolutely charming, but it is reserved for hotel guests – a room here will run you from 496 per night and up!


hotel palazzo manfredi

Rooftop MIchelin-starred restaurant Aroma during sunset with the Colosseum in the background, one of the most Instagrammable places in Rome.

Photo: @hotelpalazzomanfredi

Starting at 380 per night, a stay at Hotel Palazzo Manfredi will earn you the rights to dine at their Michelin starred rooftop restaurant, Aroma. Though, you don’t need to be a hotel guest to enjoy the five-star cuisine (reservations required). Check out that view of the Colosseum!


love bar natural food

Interior of Love Natural Food in Rome, Italy with brightly colored tables and chairs and the words illuminated 'LOVE' on the wall.

This place is an Instagrammers dream! Cozy, bright, and fun! Love Bar is located in the Ponte Milvio neighborhood. They serve vegan-friendly dishes as well!


madre

Plant-covered walls and colored glasses adorn the interior of Madre restaurant in Rome, ITaly.

Photo: @madreroma

I’m sad to report that since COVID-19 restrictions were enforced, Madre is closed until further notice. Still, once it reopens, it’s a great spot to grab a bite to eat and take a few IG-worthy photos!


palazzo dama

Breakfast tray with fresh fruits, croissants, yogurt, juice and coffee outside the pool at Palazzo Dama.

Photo: @palazzodama

If you’re looking for tropical vibes amid the city noise, Palazzo Dama is a great option! Redefining luxury, Hotel Palazzo Dama’s pool gives off almost Bali-like vibes with its tropical breakfasts. A room here will run you 295 per night for their most modest option.


residenza ruspoli bonaparte

Pink and blue colored lavish hotel interior that was once the residence where the young Emperor Bonaparte lived.

Photo: @where.to.find.me

Situated in a 16th century palace, Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte is a step above the rest in terms of luxury. This is actually the place where the young Emperor Bonaparte resided with his mother! I think that in itself is worth a visit. Rooms here start at 315 per night.


rooftop american bar by otivm hotel

Two large wine glasses filled with a mixed drink and fruit with brightly colored straws being held up by two hands with Altare della Patria in the background.

Photo: @otivm_roof_bar

With views of Altare della Patria, the rooftop bar at Otivm Hotel is definitely one of the most Instagrammable places in Rome. And check out how cute those drinks are! You can enjoy the bar without being a hotel guest, but in case you want to make a night out of it, a room here starts at 75 per night.


westin excelsior

Woman sitting at the edge of a hot tub in a white bikini at the Westin Excelsior Rome, with beautifully painted walls.

Photo: @westinexcelsiorrome

I think that hot tub room alone is well-worth the (relatively) modest cost of 180 per night! Discounts are given to members, so looking into memberships to Marriott Hotel Group may be worthwhile!

most instagrammable places in rome: streets

No matter where I went while living in Rome, every street seemed to present the picture-perfect moment. Here are some of the most Instagrammable streets in Rome.


via de ciancaleoni

Long, steep stone staircase that looks to be slightly askew.

That slightly-crooked staircase is perfect for some unique photos (or, better yet, some interesting yoga photos!)


via dei coronari

Three tables set up outside Cucina del Teatro in Trastevere, Rome on one of the most Instagrammable streets in Rome.

This place looks like it came right off a post card, it’s so picture-perfect. Enjoy an apertivo at Cucina while you take in the views.


via dell’ arco di san calisto

A cobblestone street in Trastevere with ivy and lights hanging overhead, a restaurant on the right and a moped on the left.  One of the most Instagrammable streets in Rome.

With the hanging ivy and tables lining this narrow, cobblestone street, it’s no wonder this is a popular street for photographers. I always like to sit down and have a bite to eat if I am taking photos with restaurant backdrops, as to not be rude.


via della concilliazione

Roman architecture reflected in puddles down via della concilliazione

Photo: @davidinobu

One of the streets leading up to St. Peter’s Square, if you get there during the right moments, it can be a photographer’s dream.


via della lungaretta

Storefront in Trastevere with a white vespa outside the door, which is flanked by two wine casks.  One of the most Instagrammable places in Rome.

Trastevere is full of Instagrammable streets, and this is no exception. Bonus points if you can get a photo with an old Vespa in it!


via giulia

Large ivy covered arch over a cobblestone street in Rome.

Anywhere with arches is a good choice – oh, and fountains!


via margutta

Orange hued buildings lining a street with many shrubs and cobblestones in Rome.

Another gem in Trastevere!


vicolo del piede

A restaurant in Rome with a red bicycle parked out front with the text on the awning; Eat and Drinks.

This street is perfect if you’re going for that slightly dilapidated (yet still chic) vibe in your photos.


vicolo della toretta

Dilapidated storefront with the text: La Bottega della Sedia, with many old chairs out front.

A Bottega! This street is full of Instagrammable options – also in Trastevere.

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4 thoughts on “55 most instagrammable places in rome”

  1. Rome is a beautiful city. I loved wondering around all the ancient buildings and tasting the gelato. Your beautiful pictures brought back memories.

  2. How awesome to discover all these places! I was in Rome not long ago and I just realized I have missed some good spots! Thanks to you I will know where to go next time!

  3. Wow! I cannot wait to get to Rome, it is such a gorgeous city. All of these photos are so stunning. 🙂

  4. Rome is such a beautiful city! It’s somewhere I’ve been wanting to return to for a while, and my partner is keen to go as he has never visited before! I’m going to keep your guide handy so we can visit some of these incredible places when we eventually get there. Thanks!

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