In this Rome Instagram guide I am sharing some of my favourite places in Rome that are amongst the best places in Rome to take photos. Whether you’re a content creator, looking for Instagrammable places in Rome or just want some cute photos from your Roman holiday this guide can help you find some of the prettiest places in Rome.
My Instagram guide also serves as a mini Rome travel guide too as I share restaurant, hotel and bar recommendations as well as some of the most popular tourist attractions found in the ancient city of Rome.
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Rome, Roma in Italian, is the capital city of Italy and one of the most famous in the world. It’s also where you’ll find the smallest country in the world, the Vatican City. The centre of what was the capital of the ancient Roman Empire, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics and is the birthplace of Baroque and Neoclassicism style.
Though Rome is known best in history as the capital of the ancient Roman Empire approximately 2,000 years ago, discoveries of archaeological evidence suggest that the grounds of Rome have been occupied for over 14,000 years. Artefacts excavated from Palatine Hill suggest human presence from as far back as the Palaeolithic and Neolithic eras.
Rome is one of my favourite cities in the world. When I think back to our last trip to Roma I feel a longing to be back that aches like a hole opened in my heart. Sipping cappuccinos whilst looking down on the crowds arriving to throw their three coins in the Trevi Fountain. Eating more cacio e pepe than my stomach could handle. Strolling through the streets at night, heels in hand, on my way home from intimate cocktail bars. Pausing to imagine this ancient metropolis 2,000 years ago and how life would have looked. Taking one last look at the Trevi Fountain from my bed before my heavy eyelids closed for the night – these memories are everything to me and I hope that through my blog posts about Rome, you can make the same beautiful memories too!
Before we get into my Rome Instagram I also want to let you know that everywhere in Rome is beautifully photogenic. On the day we arrived during our 2021 trip we freshened up from our flight and just strolled the streets of Rome. With no goal in mind other than to get gelato we took so many beautiful photos of all the streets we walked through and it wasn’t the only day we did this. So yes, these 14 Instagrammable places in Rome are here to inspire you and help you plan out your trip to Rome but know that you don’t have to plan great content in Rome, Rome will do that for you.
Here’s 14 best places in Rome to take photos for your Instagram:
1. Trevi Fountain
Fontana di Trevi
The Trevi Fountain is probably the second most famous attraction in Rome.
In 19 BC the location of Trevi Fountain marked the end of the Aqua Virgo aqueduct. A fountain was built in its place during the Renaissance era but the Trevi Fountain that we know wasn’t built until 1762.
Trevi gets its name from “Tre Vi” which means “three ways” and the Trevi Fountain is located where three streets meet.
Rumour has it that you must throw three coins into the Trevi Fountain. The first is to return to Rome, the second is to find love and the third is to marry the love you found. Throw your coin with your right hand over your left shoulder.
The Trevi Fountain has been featured in countless TV and film productions but its most famous appearance is La Dolce Vita (1960) where Marcello (Marcello Mastroianni) and Sylvia (Anita Ekberg) spend a late night frolicking in the fountain.
Things to know when visiting the Trevi Fountain
- The coins within the fountain are removed at dawn on Monday’s and towards the end of the week. The fountain steps are roped off for about an hour to complete this task and you will be denied access.
- You are no longer allowed to sit on the edge of the fountain and will be promptly told to get up by the police who are there morning – night.
- You will receive a fine for entering the Trevi Fountain.
- You cannot throw anything but coins into the Trevi Fountain.
Location of the Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)
Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) is located within Piazza di Trevi in Trevi, Municipio I.
Ticket cost to visit the Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)
Visiting the Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) is free.
The best time to visit the Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)
Arrive a little before daylight in order to claim your spot for taking photos at the Trevi Fountain. As you have no doubt imagined it gets very busy very early so if you want to avoid other people in your photos or videos you will need to arrive just before dawn.
Trevi Fountain is always magical at nighttime when its lit up fo the evening so I recommend a return visit when the sun has gone down.
2. Hotel Fontana
Hotel Fontana is where my fiancé and I stayed during our last trip to Rome.
Located dead opposite the Trevi Fountain, the window within the bedrooms and restaurant above open out to offer the most unrivalled and sensational view of Fontana di Trevi day and night.
Just thinking about those nights I fell asleep looking up at the fountain, the light reflections of the ripples dancing across the faces of the statues still makes me weepy. Every day I lost track of lost time simply gazing out the window imagining I was in La Dolce Vita.
Waking up and falling asleep to this magical view of the Trevi Fountain long before and after the flocks of tourists have come and gone are amongst some of the most treasured memories of my life.
Read more about how you can get the same view of the Trevi Fountain from Hotel Fontana without needing to book a room in my blog post 6 Rooftop bars and restaurants in Rome, Italy.
With all of this said though it is important that you know Hotel Fontana is a very old building and it’s likely that the rooms within have not seen so much as a lick of paint in decades. Plug sockets can’t be trusted (truly), you’ll fall off the broken toilet seat, you can’t get into the wardrobe because the bed takes up most of the floor space and it’s loud AF from the foot traffic below but if you’re willing to make the sacrifice it can actually be one of the most romantic rooms in Rome.
Location of Hotel Fontana
Hotel Fontana is located within Piazza di Trevi, opposite the Trevi Fountain.
Cost for a room at Hotel Fontana
The room rate for Hotel Fontana fluctuates but I can tell you that we paid £205 per night in October 2021 – this was on sale through American Express.
We booked a 1 double/2 twin beds room with a fountain view.
The best time to stay at Hotel Fontana
September/October is when the weather is still hot and sunny but most of the summer crowds have left. Double check the European school holidays/breaks as there is usually a half term break in October where Rome can get busier.
I haven’t visited during any other months but I would suggest mid spring and early autumn are the best times to stay.
3. Ristorante Roma Sparita
Ristorante Roma Sparita is one of my favourite restaurants in Rome.
Tucked away within a quiet piazza on the other side of the river to most of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions is Roma Sparita, where traditional Roman and Lazio dishes have been served for more than 30 years.
On a beautiful sunny day, take a seat within their terrace and lose track of time over a bottle of wine and delectable dishes such as their cacio e pepe which is served in a Parmesan crisp bowl. A wobbly table adorned with a gingham table cloth offers no thrills but my goodness is this intimate terrace romantic AF. What I would give to go back there…
Remember pasta is served as a first course, not main dish.
PFH Fun Fact: Anthony Bourdain visited in 2009.
Location of Ristorante Roma Sparita
Ristorante Roma Sparita is located in Piazza di Santa Cecilia in Trastevere. It’s about a half an hour walk from or to the Colosseum.
We had lunch at Ristorante Roma Sparita after visiting the Vatican City as we were already on that side of River Tiber.
Cost to dine at Ristorante Roma Sparita
The last time we dined here the cacio e pepe served in a parmesan crisp was €14 with main dishes ranging between €12-22 with some shared dishes at €40-45. A bottle of wine ranges vastly between €10-210 with most being at the €20 price point.
Browse the menu here.
The best time to dine at Ristorante Roma Sparita
Ristorante Roma Sparita is open for lunch from 12.30pm – 2.30pm and 7.30pm – 11pm for dinner though I believe it is closed on Sundays and Mondays which are considered their holy days. Double check this when you make your reservation though.
Ristorante Roma Sparita is popular within the area so I advise booking a table for when they open at 12.30pm.
4. Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Altemps
Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Altemps is a Renaissance Greek and Roman sculpture museum. Palazzo Altemps is a 15th Century palace decorated with frescos on the walls and ceilings. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to in Rome and I feel like no one ever talks about it!