Italy Rome

38 spots Public

Massimo Squillace

The city I was born and lived all my life in is, without a doubt, one of the most famous in the world, and high on the list of places to visit at least once in a lifetime. Truly its fame is well deserved, since in over 28 centuries it has been adorned with countless beautiful buildings and churches, parks and gardens, fountains and aqueducts, statues, obelisks and columns, bridges. Even the somber catacombs where the first Christians had to hide in order to profess their faith and bury their dead contain important testimonials of Early Christian art, frescoes and sculptures.

Dubbed “The Eternal City” by the Roman poet Tibullus, Rome is a tourist’s paradise but is also one of the busiest Italian cities, with perennial traffic jams along the Tiber riverbanks and unpredictable above-ground public transportation; the metro system is limited to three lines which do not cover enough of the city, and one of these is still incomplete because underground construction work is often delayed by archaeological findings.

The city lends itself to many types of photography, especially landscape and architecture which will be represented in this guide; but Rome is a diverse metropolis and photographers so inclined will find plenty of material for street, urban exploration, transportation, people and journalism styles of photography.

A photographer wanting to return home with worthy pictures of Rome can visit year round but will have to plan outside the comfort zone, often waking up (very!) early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
Government buildings, museums and galleries do not usually allow tripod use, as do most churches, where you may be frowned upon if taking pictures during the celebrations; never use flash indoors.

Aside from the city proper, a few hours’ drive can take you to a number of nearby medieval towns that are well deserving of a photography session; this guide lists several of them, all easily reachable in a day trip. The countryside is best visited during the autumn months, when the color of deciduous trees is most intense and can be used to frame the ancient buildings; keep in mind that because of the warm central Italian climate, peak color may last well into November.

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