Europe,  Italy

Rome at Night: a Photo Essay

It’s Rome month on Travellous World! Last weekend I discussed the top sights for a short city trip and this week we’ll take a look at Rome at Night!

Rome is beautiful during the day ánd at night. At night, it feels even more mysterious and the ancient buildings almost feel to be coming alive. The joy of Rome is that the buildings are beautifully lit, so perfect for a night photo shoot! So there I went, after an (early) dinner, and took the tram from Trastevere to Piazza Venezia. From there I started my self-guided night tour.

Rome at night

The first stop I made was actually the bridge over the Tiber from Trastevere to the old town. St Peter’s Basilica was hidden behind the bridge, but when I just stood on the left side of the bridge, I was able to see it. And oh, isn’t he beautiful?

rome st peter's

Piazza Venezia is actually a perfect gateway to some of the highlights of Rome, such as the Forum, the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain. It’s a busy crossing. Something I had to get used to. There are pedestrian crossings, but if you wait on the sidewalk, no car will stop for you.  Instead, walk, even when you see tens of cars heading your way. That’s the only way to cross ‘safely’.


Also to be found at Piazza Venezia is Monumento a Vittorio Emanuelle II, or ‘the typwriter’.


After putting my life on the line – once again – by crossing Piazza Venezia, I made my way down to the Forum and Colosseum.

Rome at night





The Pantheon was next on my list. Street vendors were throwing these little lights up in the air in front of this well-known building. I had seen them everywhere around town, but this time one of the lights obviously hit my head, because of my impeccable timing. After a ‘sorry’ from the person who sold them I could actually laugh about it and continue my night shoot.


My next stop that evening would be Piazza Navona, but not before visiting the Pinocchio store (I’m still a little kid inside as you might have noticed). Too bad Gepetto wasn’t there to show off his craftmanship in real life!


Shortly after, I reached Piazza Navona, one of the central squares of Rome. Painters were busy creating the most beautiful portraits and I couldn’t help myself taking a photo of one of the artists at work!



The final stop that night was Piazza di Spagna: home to the Spanish steps and Fontana della Barcaccia (or: Ugly Boat). There was a huge crowd relaxing on the steps and the atmosphere was grand! The perfect closure of a beautiful night out.


All photos and opinions in this post are my own

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2 Thoughts on Rome at Night: a Photo Essay
    Suze The Luxury Columnist
    22 Sep 2015

    We were in Rome in June and it is lovely to see your night photos, I agree that it’s really well lit up. We didn’t realize there was a Pinocchio shop, how cool!

      Maaike -
      28 Sep 2015

      It’s an absolutely magical place to visit at night.

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