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Just about every inch of Rome is worthy of a snapshot. Ancient ruins, Renaissance-era palaces, cobblestone alleyways, lush gardens, and magnificent churches all lend themselves well to photography, but there are some sights that provide the perfect background to travel photos. Here is a list of the best places in Rome for a photo opportunity.
Rome is full of remains from its glorious past. You'll find a variety of sites from the famous Roman Colesseum and Forum to Roman baths and catacombs. Some ancient Rome sites can be visited for free but most charge admission. The piazza or public square is the canter of life in Italy. Rome has many beautiful squares, or piazza, to see and they can be visited for free. Many squares have elaborate historic fountains, statues, or other works of art and there are often churches and bars or cafes on the square. Be aware that in Rome, you will usually pay more to sit at a table, especially on one of the top squares. It is hard to capture the colossal Colosseum in a photograph. Indeed, it is necessary to get a bit of distance from the ancient monument in order to get a good shot. A good place to do just that is on the Colle Oppio, the Oppian Hill, which rises just across the street from the Colosseum’s northeast side. Ruins of Trajan’s Baths are located on this hill as is the Parco di Traiano.
People often think of Vatican City as part of Rome, but it's really a separate entity. Vatican City can easily be visited as part of a Rome vacation. Saint Peter's Square and Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the extensive Vatican Museums are the main sites. Plan to spend at least half a day. Vatican City is surrounded by Rome. Visitors enter Vatican City through St. Peter's Square. The best way to walk to Vatican City from historic Rome is over the Ponte St. Angelo bridge. Across the bridge, one arrives at Castel St. Angelo, just outside Vatican City. Castel St. Angelo has a connecting passage to the Vatican once used by fleeing popes.
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