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Your Guide To The Best Instagram Places in Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy, the eternal city, is one of the most charming and photogenic cities in the world. Home to some of the most famous monuments in the world, Rome is full of Instagrammable places! With 4 days in Rome, we combed through the most Instagrammable spots you won’t want to miss! Here’s to la dolce vita!

The colosseum is a top photo worthy place in Rome

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The Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain is easily one of the most Instagrammable places in Rome. Do I have any Lizzy Maguire fans here?! Because the Trevi Fountain is so famous, it’s crowded at all times!

If you really want pictures with little to no people, it is best to plan your photoshoot at the Trevi Fountain by 7 AM. If waking up early is not in the cards, you can usually still get a photo with the right angles; you just might not be able to capture the full fountain. The Trevi Fountain is also one of the best free things to do in Rome!

Remember, don’t go inside the fountain and bring at least 3 coins to toss over your shoulder into the fountain! 

Trevi Fountain photo tip: On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, they usually clean the fountain around 8 AM, so avoid those times.

Update: You are no longer allowed to sit on the ledge of the Trevi Fountain as you see me doing below. 

Address: Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

One of the best Photo Spots is Rome's Trevi Fountain. Woman in yellow dress sitting on edge

The Spanish Steps

Located in Piazza di Spagna (the Spanish Square), you will find another top photo-worthy place in Rome. Again, the best time to do your photoshoot at this Rome Instagram spot is early morning to avoid the crowds.

We did our photoshoot at the Spanish Steps right after seeing the Trevi Fountain, so it is definitely within walking distance if you want to hit both.

Sunset is another great time to visit the Spanish Steps, however, the steps will be full of people, so it may not be as Instagrammable.

Update: You are no longer able to sit or eat on the Spanish Steps, you you can still walk up and down them and take a photo.

Address: Piazza di Spagna, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

The Spanish Steps are a must visit in Rome and are very Instagrammable


Not only is the Pantheon one of the most Instagrammable places in Rome, but it is also one of the coolest places to visit in the eternal city. This now Roman ruin is the only unsupported dome in the world. Make sure to go inside and see it!

For photography purposes, the best time, once again, is to do your photoshoot in the morning to avoid crowds. Our photo was taken mid-day in May, and it just rained (which is why there were fewer people). Come back at night to hang out and drink wine.

Address: Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Head to the Pantheon early to get the best Instagram shot


You can’t visit Rome without seeing the Colosseum! It holds the spot as one of the 7 Wonders of the World.

The best place to get an Instagrammable photo with no one in it is by going to the back of the Colosseum near the train on the edge of the wall. You might have to walk up the steps depending on which way you are coming from.

You can also take a picture right up the walkway, but for this one, come early!

Also, we would highly suggest taking a tour inside! A guided tour with skip-the-line is totally worth it.

Colosseum Address: Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Arch of Constantine (Arco di Costantino) 

You can find the Arch of Constantine right next to the Colosseum. Believe it or not, a lot of detail on the arch has been added on and was not a part of the original.

Additionally, you can find a good photo location on the hill behind the arch! This is located right next to the Colosseum. 

View of Arch of Constantine near the Colosseum

Palatine Hill

If you do a guided tour of the Colosseum, it usually includes a visit to Palatine Hill. Palatine Hill looks over the Roman Forum (which is also incredible). I think this is easily an underrated Instagrammable place in Rome. It is also one of the best views in Rome. Head to the overlook for a stunning view of Roman ruins!

Palatine Hill is located across from the Colosseum! The best time to get Instagrammable photos will be in the early morning or later in the afternoon.

However, because there are so many ruins in this concentrated area, you can likely get really fun photos at any point of the day as long as the lighting is good.

The views from Palatine Hill in Rome are very Instagram worthy
Views from Palatine Hill

Roman Forum

The next photo-worthy spot to add to your Rome bucket list is actually inside the Roman Forum. While in the Roman Forum, you can walk next to tons of ancient ruins, making for some epic photo opportunities! Seriously, there are ancient Roman ruins everywhere, and a lot of them are not even blocked off, making for the perfect photo opportunity!

Because this area of ruins is pretty big, you just have to look for the right angles to avoid people. If you look at the below shot at the top right corner, you will see all the people overlooking it.

The best time to take photos in the Roman Forum will be early in the morning or later in the afternoon, however, if you angle the photo right, any time of the day should be fine.

Castel Sant’Angelo

Another underrated photo location gem to get Instagram photos in around Castel Sant’Angelo. The most well-known Instagram photo people like to take is on the Ponte Sant’Angelo Bridge going up to the Castle.

However, if you are not there early in the morning, it is almost impossible to get a photo without people in it.

If you want to get creative, you can walk around the castle for more close-up photos, which is free to do. Additionally, if you decide to pay to go inside, there is a great view of the entire city, including the Vatican, that is completely photo-worthy itself.

Address: Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

views from Castel Sant'Angelo
Views at the top of Castel Sant’Angelo

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is one of the most beautiful Piazzas in Rome! There is one main fountain that is incredibly Instagrammable, with two smaller fountains on either end. This is also a great place to sit at a restaurant, have some Aperol Spritz, and people-watch.

Piazza Navona is usually packed with vendors and street artists selling things (especially on weekends), so it is best to come early in the morning for photos. It was raining the first time we visited, so the square was empty.

The Best Instagrammable Places in Rome including Piazza Navona

Altar of the Fatherland, Also Known as The Victor Emmanuel II National Monument, Vittoriano, and Altare della Patria

Known in Rome as “The Wedding Cake” and “The Typewriter,” Altar of the Fatherland is actually the largest national monument in Italy and is totally Instagrammable!

You should be able to get a pretty good photo at any time of day, although I still always prefer the morning. You can do a quick photo-op on the way to the Colosseum or on the way back since you will likely pass it.

Address: Piazza Venezia, 00186 Roma RM, Italy (Altar of the Fatherland)

Altar of the Fatherland in Rome Italy

Piazza del Campidoglio

Around the corner from the Altar of the Fatherland is the other very instagrammable Rome Piazza called del Campidoglio. This square was planned by Michelangelo and is rather stunning. There are a handful of prominent buildings and statues, making for a lot of nice photo angles to capture.

This includes the Capitoline Museums, Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus ruins, Senatorial Palace, Basilica di Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, and Palazzo dei Conservatori.

The best time to take Instagram photos at Piazza del Campidoglio is early in the morning or late in the afternoon. You can still get some fun pictures if you use angels to avoid people. Since the square is pretty big, you have options.

Address: Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Areas around the Capitoline Museum are full of Instagrammable Places in Rome

St. Peter’s Basilica

One of the most Instagrammable churches in Rome has to be St. Peter’s Basilica from both the inside and outside. The inside of this Basilica is covered with artwork from Michaelangelo and decked in marble.

If you arrive in Vatican City early, you can take a photo of the Basilica from afar with no people on the street. There are also nice views from the garden area in the Vatican Museum. We arrived mid-day, so the streets were loaded with people walking.

Address: Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

The Vatican in Rome is a must with 4 days in Rome.
Inside Saint Petersburg Church at the Vatican is a must with 4 days in Rome
Inside Saint Petersburg Church at the Vatican

Instagrammable Doors and Streets in Rome

Rome is also full of Instagrammable doors and streets. If you love photographing doors, you are going to love Rome. Some areas to find super Instagrammable streets in Rome is around the Jewish Ghetto (pictured below). The ally screams photograph me, and there are even additional ruins in the Jewish Ghetto to enjoy.

Other charming alleys that provide great photo spots are situated around the amazing gelato place called Frigidarium. We went here every day just to walk around.

Furthermore, there are stunning doors all around Rome. This particular door in the photo below is found on Via di Torre Argentina 68 Lazio, Italy.

Rome is full of Instagrammable streets including the Jewish Ghetto
Find tons of photo-worthy doors around Rome Italy

Rome Instagrammable Places Wrap-up

This concludes some of Rome’s most Instagrammable places! I hope you enjoy Rome as much as we did and leave with beautiful photos and lasting memories of the Eternal City!

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Samantha Oppenheimer

Samantha Oppenheimer (Sam Opp) quit her corporate marketing job in 2018 to travel the world and become a travel writer, blogger and content creator. She loves experiencing authentic travel experiences, photography, and nature. Sam shares helpful travel itineraries, travel tips, budget tips, and travel advice from her personal experiences. You can also find Sam's words featured in large publications including Mirror, Thrillist, and Well + Good.

16 thoughts on “Most Instagrammable Places in Rome”

  1. AH Rome is always so beautiful. We’ve been there so many times plus Toti used to live in the city centre and we know all these amazing spots. Can’t wait to come back to Italy and enjoy the beautiful Eternal City!!

  2. Rome was my first solo travel destination and it has a very special place in my heart. It’s such a beautiful city with so many great photo spots. My favorites are definitely Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum of course 🙂

  3. I have been wanting to visit Rome forever but never been! It looks stunning and I love your pictures! Will have to visit these places and get my insta pics!

  4. Fantastic round up of all the beautiful places in Rome! I see that I missed a few, so I guess I’m just going to have to go back for them 🙂


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