Rome is famous for its beautiful panoramas and amazing viewpoints. There are plenty of places that offer an unforgettable view of the historic center and the many domes of Rome.
I suppose you all heard about the 7 hills of Rome. Unfortunately, due to their location, you can’t have a great view of each of these hills. However, the good news is, that there are plenty of viewpoints that you’ll love!
I will start with my favorite, which is one of the 7 hills of Rome: the Aventine hill.
Located in the center of the city, quite close to the Colosseum, Circo Massimo and it’s right near the Tevere river. I found this place the first time I visited the eternal city 4 years ago and I fall in love with it instantly. Since then, every time I’m in Rome, I’m spending a few hours here, enjoying the view, clearing my head and breathing in the positive vibes of the city.
In every single city, I’ve been before, I was always looking for the one spot with the most amazing view, where I can spend hours just looking around and taking it all in.
On the Aventine hill, there are two orange gardens near each other. The larger one (see on the picture above) is the most famous one. Its beauty is coming with a spectacular view of the cupola of St Peter’s Basilica.
The Capitolium hill is another one of the 7 hills of Rome and it’s famous and wonderful on its own due to the Piazza del Campidoglio and the Capitolium building itself, BUT!
There is another important and barely noticed thing here! During my visits to Rome, I faced many people every time, who even if visited the hill, didn’t check what is behind it.
Near the Capitolium building, it’s a road which is leading you down to the other side of the Altra della Patria, straight to Via dei Fori Imperiali. Behind the Capitolium is a great spot that is magnificent and many people seem to miss it for some reason. You can have an incredible view of the Roman Forum, for free!
My third favorite spot! The Villa Borghese is an enormous and beautiful park very close to Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo. From Piazza di Spagna if you walk upon the Spanish steps and you go left and follow the road up to the top of the hill, you’ll end up at this part of the park of Villa Borghese, which you can see on the picture. The whole park itself is just incredible, and you can read more about it on the 4 most beautiful parks in Rome article very soon. But for now, we’re talking about the panorama. It’s worth visiting this spot before sunset for the best experience!
The Palatin hill is another one of the 7 hills of Rome. The entrance here is not free, as the only way to get up there is if you’re buying a ticket to the Roman Forum, but for the view and experience, I would say this is something that shouldn’t be missed!
If you’re looking to visit the forum, you can buy your tickets here online, so you won’t have to waste your time in the queue.
The Gianicolo hill is in the Trastevere district. It’s easy to get there walking, it’s very close to the center as well as the Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere. The panorama is perfect, especially if it’s not cloudy, you can see in the distance the mountains of the Apennine.
For me personally, this place is more about my second favorite fountain, the Fontana di Acqua Paola. This fountain is almost as big as the Trevi Fountain, it’s also older and in many characteristics, it’s very similar as well. When you arrive at the fountain – if you can – take your eyes off it, turn around and you’ll see what you can see on this above picture! Enjoy 🙂
The dome of St Peter’s Basilica
Now, let’s stop walking around the hills and focus on a building that offers a view that can’t be forgotten! This would be St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. To be exact, this would be the cupola of St Peter’s Basilica.
You can reach the top of the basilica on the stairs or with a lift – this will cost you around €8 and from the top of the building you’ll have to walk on the stairs of the cupola which are very tight and narrow. It’s an exhausting but amazing experience! When you get to the top, you’ll be able to walk around and see Rome from every side. It is just amazing! But the most amazing is to see the square of St Peter from above. I’m still like: WOW!