When living in a city as old as Rome there are plenty of places to find the best views of the city.
Here are, what I believe to be, the best views in Rome, where you can find them and what you’ll see when you get there.
Saint Peter’s Basilica Dome
If you like a little adventure in your life and love spending time at the Basilica then you are going to want to check out the view from the Dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica.
To get up to the dome you have to pay 5 euros to take the stairs or 7 euros to take the elevator up. After surpassing the first half of getting up to the dome, the second part is a small winding staircase to the very top of the dome. If you’re claustrophobic, you will definitely want to avoid going to the very top of the Dome.
Once you are outside you are rewarded with this gorgeous view of Saint Peter’s Square and the surrounding area of the Vatican City.
From the top of the Dome you can see some of the older parts of the Basilica, Saint Peter’s Square (which you were just in), and you can even see Castel Sant’Angelo right beyond the Tiber River.
The view of Rome is absolutely spectacular and a must see (as long as you’re not claustrophobic!). If you want to try to see as much of Rome as possible from this view, check out the link below for a great pair of binoculars:
The Roman Forum
As I mentioned in THE Roman Forum, the top of the Palatine Hill in the Roman Forum has some of the best views of the city.
After a climb up the stairs and the side of the Palatine Hill, you’ll find yourself at the very top and you can see what the Roman Forum looked like from above and how the city has expanded since ancient times.
Behind me in this photo, you can see part of the Roman Forum on the right, as well as the Vittorio Emmanuele Monument in the background. This is only part of the amazing views from the Palatine Hill. You can walk around to other parts of the hill and see the Circo Massimo from above as well as other parts of the Roman Forum.
The views from the Palatine Hill are definitely Instagram worthy!
The Janiculum Hill
The Janiculum Hill can be found in the neighborhood of Trastevere. The further you climb up the hill, the better the views are. The photo below was taken from about a third of the way up the hill on the way back to my campus.
From the very top of the hill, you can see all of Rome before your very own eyes. You can see everywhere from the Roman Forum all along the Tiber River.
Of all the different views of the city that I saw while I was in Rome, the view from the top of the Janiculum Hill was by far my favorite.
If you love the view as much as I do, you can buy these cute coasters of the view of the city at sunset. Check out the link below:
Janiculum Ceramic Tile Coasters
I highly suggest going for either sunrise or sunset because it is amazing to see the sun rise (or set) over the entire city of Rome. It seems almost magical.