when all the roads lead to Rome, have your camera ready

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Italy travel and photography

Rome is a city of contrasts – a good recipe for photography. Travel to Rome to admire the old Roman temples and museums full with art of classic master painters and sculptors. Find a hotel in Rome in a quiet neighborhood and explore the small restaurants and cafes. From ancient Rome to modern art, there is something for everyone. But whatever your interests, do not leave your camera home. I was easily running out of two batteries – every day!

If you want to jump straight to the gallery you can do so. Otherwise, read on for some tips when visiting Rome.

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Rome is a city full of architectural wonders and an amazing travel destination for history buffs - Fuji X-E1 with XF18-55

my love for Rome

Third time in Rome and I feel I have barely started to see all the attractions. There are so many museums, churches and art galleries that only living in Rome would allow you to see everything.

But if your time is short, here are a few tips to make the most of your trip to Rome.

when to go

Spring and autumn are best. With cheap flights from Europe, lower priced hotels, and restaurants that still have an available table these are the best times to go. Hotels and hostels become more expensive in summer. While the Italians leave the city but throngs of tourists come to visit the ‘Eternal City’. Check the weather, buy some plane tickets and pack the bags.

attractions in Rome

The Colosseum is the most famous landmark, but it pales in comparison to the Forum Romanum. Together with Villa Borghese, the Vatican museum, Museo Capitollini and the Pantheon they are a good start for ancient Rome. If you are more attracted to painting and sculptures (and less by the history of an empire that once called the Meditarenean ‘mare nostrum’) you should add the National Gallery of Modern Art and maybe visit the Vatican museum a second time. Shopping and people watching are best done around the Spanish steps and Fontana di Trevi. And if you become too jaded by city-life you can escape to Capri or Ostia Antica.

Or take a day trip to Pompeii and see a city frozen in time by a volcano eruption.

Go ahead and search for these attractions and many more, and start planning days full of sightseeing.

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panoramic image in the Vatican museum courtyard - Fuji X-E1 with XF18-55mm lens

be inspired and be ready

Rome is a city where the more you know when you step out of the plane, the happier you will be. Watch movies like ‘Room Holiday‘, ‘La Dolce Vita‘ and the gritty ‘Rome‘ series, read some guidebooks and look at Rome photos around the web. You will visit these places soon!

I strongly recommend DK Eyewitness travel guide and Rick Steve’s Rome, or Lonely Planet Rome for the independent traveler.

Rome trip with Fuji X-E1 and the XF 18-55
touristic Rome viewed from the Il Vittoriano, with the Colosseum in the center-left - Rome trip with Fuji X-E1 and the XF 18-55

photo gallery

I took these photos in March 2013 when I visited this city. I used my new Fuji X-E1 and mostly  the Fuji XF 18-55.

Read my review of the Fuji X-E1 – as travel camera

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Rome as a great start for further travels

As the capital of Italy, it is an obvious choice for starting to see the rest of Italy. Whether 2-3 days trips like Pompeii and Napoli, or as a start point to travel to southern Italy, I think Rome is a great introduction to the Italian peninsula.

Like all major capitals in Europe Rome has great connections to the rest of the world. Cheap air tickets to other European countries are obvious choices. However I was also very happy to find interesting air fares to the rest of the world. I was pleasantly surprised to find good tickets to US or even Canada! For example Air Canada has a nice route between Rome and Montreal – there are a lot of possibilities.

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