From Janiculum Hill to the dome of St. Peter’s, Musement takes a look at seven of the best views in Rome.
Rome is one of those places that we could go back to time and time again. From pizzerias to piazzas, the list of things to see and do in the Italian capital is endless. Here’s a look at Rome from up above through scenic outlooks, terraces, and gardens that provide splendid views of the Eternal City.
Whether traveling on your own, visiting The City of Seven Hills with a group of friends, or going on a romantic getaway, we suggest making the most of the sunrises and sunsets during your stay. Here are seven scenic outlooks for enjoying beautiful panoramic views of the city.
1. St. Peter’s Basilica Dome
St. Peter’s Basilica is one of Rome’s top attractions, and it’s not for nothing—it’s one of the world’s largest Catholic churches. Its interior contains 11 chapels, 45 altars, 107,639 square feet of mosaics, and…a dome that measures 446 feet tall. You can climb up and have the whole north of Rome at your feet consisting of a beautiful panoramic view that encompasses St. Peter’s Square to the districts of Spagna and Colonna. How to enjoy the dome experience? Go early to avoid the heat as well as the lines and preparing yourself to climb 551 steps (or 320 if you do half of the journey in the elevator).
2. Castel Sant’Angelo Terrace
This fortress on the shores of the Tiber River, also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, is known for its particular cylindrical shape. Castel Sant’Angelo also offers spectacular views of the city from its rooftop to put the finishing touch on the visit where you can contemplate the Tiber and the Prati neighborhood.
Considered the eighth hill of Rome, Janiculum is located in Trastevere. From its peak, you can visit the Fontana dell’Acqua, Manfredi lighthouse, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Monument to Garibaldi—the view is exquisite, especially during sunset. The panorama includes the dome of the St. Francis de Sales Church, Castel Sant’Angelo, and the courthouse, extending to the dome of the Pantheon.
4. Orange Garden
Another place we suggest for watching the sunset is Orange Park (Giardino degli Aranci in Italian), which is an idyllic spot to reestablish balance while surrounded by nature and end the day with fairy-tale views (and maybe even enjoying a romantic picnic!). This park is located in the elegant district of Aventino and offers a privileged panoramic view of the dome of St. Peter’s, Altar of the Fatherland, and Trastevere.
5. Pincio Terrace
One of the most frequented and largest parks in Rome is Villa Borghese. The premises are home to a museum and gallery with a permanent collection where you can contemplate masterpieces such as Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne, Tiziano’s Sacred and Prophane Love, and Botticelli’s Madonna and Child, among many others. If that weren’t enough, the Pincio Terrace is located in the park, which is a scenic overlook with views of Piazza del Popolo, the Prati district, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Dedicate a few hours to visiting the park, then finish by relaxing on the terrace viewpoint.
6. Piazza del Campidoglio
Piazza del Campidoglio is home to the Capitoline Museums, which is why it is one of Rome’s most touristic areas. Located on Capitoline Hill, the plaza was designed by Michelangelo in the 16th century and is home to spectacular examples of Renaissance architecture. It also stands out for providing a panoramic view of the heart of the city. You can also enjoy an incredible view of the Roman Forum.
7. Victor Emmanuel II Monument
From the Victor Emmanuel II National Monument, also known as Il Vittoriano or the Altar of the Fatherland, there are 360-degree views. As of 2007, there are two panoramic elevators you can use to reach the top. Once you’re there, you can enjoy a view of Via del Corso all the way to Piazza Popolo.