Rome – The Eternal City
Rome is a fascinating city filled with culture and charm. The nickname of the "Eternal City” has history spanning thousands of years. With beautiful churches, ancient ruins, and delicious food, Rome has something for everyone!
Rome is "LOVE"... at least, when you read the Italian spelling (Roma) like a semordnilap (a word or phrase that spells another when reading backward). Roma or Amor becomes the Italian word for love “Amor,” which radiates through the city.
If you've never been to the city, you may wonder what should I expect? I’ve got you covered here. The next bit of information is a travel style page dedicated to my experience wandering the streets of Rome. Not only will I share with you from an American point of view, but I'll also share with you how I enjoy the city as a professional photographer
Tips for Photographing the Eternal City
Rome offers fantastic photo opportunities for photographers of all skill levels and travelers. The ancient Roman ruins, churches, and museums create the perfect canvas for great travel photos.
I personally enjoy the narrow streets. Not only are they fun to stroll down, and a great backdrop for travel lifestyle portraits, you can discover awesome little cafes.
While Rome offers endless opportunities for photos, it’s important to consider some of the tips below. These tips are from my experiences on five different trips to the city.
- ARRIVE EARLY AND AVOID CROWDS: It’s amazing how the time of day can make a massive difference when it comes to dealing with crowds at Rome’s most popular sites. During the morning (before 8am), places like the Trevi fountain, or square surrounding the Pantheon are virtually empty.
- LOOK FOR UNIQUE ANGLES: It’s hard not to get the same angle that’s photographed over and over in a popular destination like Rome. Consider photographing the site via a reflection of it in a puddle.
- VISIT TRASTEVERE: It took me five visits to Rome before I ventured across the Tiber River and visited the charming Roman neighborhood of Trastevere. Do it! The photo opportunities are unbelievable.
- DITCH THE TRIPOD: It is my understanding that in Rome, you technically have to have a special permit to use a tripod within the city of Rome. I’ve looked all over the internet trying to find how to get one and still can’t find it. That being said, seriously ditch it. It’s extra weight to carry around and most images can be captured without one. Finally, most tourist attractions will not let you bring it in. So why mess with one?
- CONSIDER A COMPACT TRAVEL CAMERA LIKE THE SONY RX100: This little point and shoot camera has become my “go-to” travel camera. I have ditched my bigger and heavier cameras for this compact travel camera. You wont be disappointed! Trust me, this little guy can compete with the big boys. The small, compact size has given me more travel freedom. Click here for more information on why I believe the Sony RX100 is the Best Travel Camera of 2020!
Where I Stay in Rome
Hotel Campo de’ Fiori
Hotel Campo de’ Fiori, for my wife and I, is our Roman home away from home. My wife and I have stayed here a total of 17 nights splits between two trips in 2017 and most recently in 2019.
The hotel is located around the corner of the daily market piazza of Campo de’ Fiori. The hotel is centrally located, and offers the luxury of having most of Rome’s main attractions within a short walking distance.
Words can’t fully describe the hospitality we’ve experienced during our stays at this beautiful hotel. The rooms are beautifully decorated, comfortable, and cozy. The staff is extremely friendly and have made both my wife and I feel like they were treating us like friends instead of a hotel customer.
The hotel also offers a delicious buffet breakfast every morning with local cuisine, along with a great view of Rome from their roof top terrace. I highly recommend ordering a bottle of presecco and enjoy it on the roof during a colorful Roman sunset.
I recommend booking directly with the hotel via their website or by calling them direct. In both visits, I’ve found that this offered me the best rates. I also recommend you hiring the airport transfers, as this option made getting to and from the airport a breeze.
Other Recommendations - Food and Laundry
- Food: Just a short walk from our hotel are a few amazing Roman restaurants that I highly recommend.. This includes;
- Fatto in Casa by Hosteria la Danesina: I really really like the Paccheri al Ragu!
- Da Beffeto 2: This place has the best Roman style pizza (thin and crispy)
- Alice Pizza: Simple and tasty pizza sold by the weight. This was perfect for a quick lunch or snack.
- My wife and I pack extremely light when it comes to travel. While it simplifies things, we need to do laundry from time to time. While in Rome, we like to walk to White Cloud Launderette. Ada and Claudio do a fantastic job cleaning our clothes while we explore Rome, and at a very reasonable price.