Best views in Rome
Rome has over 2000 years of rich history, with the grand Coliseum, Altar of the Fatherland and St Peters Basilica. Walking along the city streets and taking in the epic views is inevitably on the agenda, but seeing this charming and historic city from above is a must. Luckily for you, there are plenty of places you can head to really take in how big and stunning this city is. Below we have nine of the perfect spots, touristy and quiet, to go and take in the view, enjoy a sunset or enjoy a nice glass of fine wine.
Janiculum Terrace If your looking for an aperitivo while admiring the sunset, Janiculum terrace (also known as Gianicolo Hill) is a great spot to unwind. As the second tallest hill in Rome, you can see some great views on its half a mile long viewpoint. More specifically, the stunning and grand Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II will be on display from this location. It may be a steep 20-minute walk, but it’s totally worth it. Make sure to check out the renaissance Tempietto del Bramante and the Fontana dell’Acqua Paola while you are visiting.
Terrazza del Pincio & Villa Borghese Park
Despite discussing the best viewpoints, Borghese park is a must-visit while in Rome. Fortunately for us, this park additionally offers breathtaking panoramic views of the historic centre of Rome. As you find the classic baroque Pincio balcony, you will be able to view the St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican and the Piazza del Popolo. The great part about this spot is the view isn’t the only thing you can do here. You can walk through the gorgeous gardens, visit the Shakespeare Globe Theatre and you can see the beautiful art pieces in the Galleria Borghese.
Monte Mario Although a little more outside of the City, this viewpoint sits on the University of Romes Astronomical Observatory. The terrace overlooks northern Rome where you can spot the Olympic stadium while enjoying the local cuisine at the restaurant and bar. A second viewpoint is also available to you in which you can see the St Peters Basilca.
Hadrian, a Roman Emporer from 134 AD, used this building as a mausoleum for himself and his family. It was then used by popes as a fortress and castle, due to its closeness to the Vatican. Now the Castel Sant’Angelo is seen as one of the most unique and significant structures in Rome and has been turned into a museum. From the rooftop, you can enjoy the panoramic view. Here you can see the St. Peter’s Basilica, Tiber River, Bernini’s Bridge of Angels and can even see as far as the Archbasilica of St. Johns Lateran.
Giardino Degli Aranci
Also known as the Orange Garden, it was believed that a Spanish Saint planted the first orange tree in Rome, and it happened to be here. The garden at this view is full of orange trees, along with ruins, statues and a fountain. This romantic viewpoint is one of the most beautiful in Rome and you will find couples along with newlyweds taking in the views. The perfect lawn makes it a desired spot for locals as well. Head next door to the Keyhole of the Knights of Malta and line up for a view of the St. Peters Dome, literally through the Aventine Keyhole.
If you’re looking for a more quiet viewpoint to enjoy, the Terraza Caffarelli could be perfect for you. It is located on the Capitoline Hill where you can also visit the Capitoline Museums. There are some unique views to appreciate from here like the Jewish Ghetto and the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II. At the end of a long day, you can enjoy a glass of wine at the local café.
Il Vittoriano Rooftop Terrace
As one of the easiest monuments to spot, it’s only fair it has received an interesting nickname. Also known as the “wedding cake”, Vittorianos white colossal structure does kind of resemble one. Either way, you get to see a beautifully stunning structure as well as a great viewpoint. This one specifically allows you to see east where you will spot the il Vittoriano and the top of the Colosseum. Locals joke that it’s the best viewpoint in the city as it’s the only place you can’t see the “wedding cake.”
Rooftop Terrace at Hotel Raphaël
The rooftop at Hotel Raphael may not be as extravagant as the other viewpoints, but still guarantees a 360-degree view of Rome. More interestingly, this was one of the locations for a scene in Eat Pray Love, as well as host to Julia Roberts during filming. This little hidden gem may be on the more expensive side, but you can take in breathtaking views all while sipping a delicate glass of wine or a cocktail. A special memory to add to Rome.
Lo Zodiaco Another viewpoint without the crowds, the Zodiac sits 139 meters above the city. Known as the ‘path of lovers’, this incredibly lush hill has something to do for you to not only see but do. You can walk through the park along the pathways, sit down and enjoy the view or grab something to eat and drink at the bar. As the highest viewpoint, this definitely is one of the best-kept secrets. With Rome being one of the most picturesque cities, you better make sure to put on your walking shoes and keep your phone charged so you can get some great pictures of the magnificent views. There are plenty of places to head up to and see what all the fuss is about. Whether you’re with your loved one or family, everyone will get as much enjoyment from up above as they do from down below.