Why Rome is a Paradise for Photographers

stock-photo-roman-sunset-77415821Few cities are as inspiring as Rome or as likely to stay etched on the memory of its visitors. With countless historical sites, internationally renowned museums, superb architecture and vibrant markets there is so much to see that it’s difficult to squeeze it all into a short stay.

If you happen to be in the city over the balmy summer months, make an evening walking tour of the major sites a priority – Rome’s ancient streets hold a special magic in the fading light of dusk. The Spanish Steps, a spectacular Baroque staircase dating from the 18th century, is a good starting place for an exploration of the city and is rich with ambiance at sunset, when locals linger to exchange stories and play guitar. From here, wander over to the Trevi Fountain, where writhing nymphs and mythical creatures are immortalized in stone.

Once the seat of governmental power, the Roman Forum is permeated by a powerful sense of history and is home to the Temple of Vestal Virgins, the Senate and the tomb of Romulus. The nearby Colosseum is one of Rome’s most amazing attractions, both for its architectural brilliance and its gruesome historical legacy.

After its creation in 80 AD, this colossal, curved stone structure played host to a series of sadistic battles in which the combat skills of gladiators were pitted against those of others as well as against ferocious animals for the amusement of Roman citizens. Within easy walking distance of the Colosseum, the Pantheon is the oldest of Rome’s ancient buildings, first functioning as a pagan temple in 27 BC.

Vatican City is a state inside a city and is well worth visiting for its sublime architecture and fantastic museums, while the Sistine Chapel boasts Michelangelo’s stupendous ceiling art, including his vivid depiction of the creation of mankind.