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Mar 4th, 2005, 02:48 AM
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Best Place to Watch the Sunrise/Sunset in and around Rome?

Seeking recommendations for best sunrise or sunset vantage points in Rome or nearby. Thanks 8-)
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Mar 4th, 2005, 02:57 AM
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At the seaside (Fregene or Ostia).
In the upper parts of the Foro Romanum gardens.
Some rooftop terraces of hotels/bars close to the Spanisch steps.

Depends a bit if it is for tomorrow or in mid summer...
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Mar 4th, 2005, 05:18 AM
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Watching the sunset from the top of Castel Sant'Angelo is a memory I always treasure, and luckily I had a camera with me, so I was able to photograph it, and the lights in Vatican City coming up as twilight descended. Fabulous! In the morning, the sunrise from the top of the Spanish Steps is quite nice, and also the top of the Vittorio Emanuel monument.

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Mar 4th, 2005, 06:06 AM
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Ganicolo Hill,without a doubt. (in guide books may be call Janiculum.)
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Mar 4th, 2005, 06:42 AM
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While we weren't crazy about the hotel itself, the sunrise and sunset views from the rooftop terrace of the Colonna Palace were quite nice. Here's one:

http://community.webshots.com/photo/...36452314fySpnL
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Mar 4th, 2005, 07:56 AM
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I recall a pretty good view from the top of the Spanish Steps.
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Mar 4th, 2005, 09:39 AM
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Ganicolo Hill - stunning. Consider bringing a picnic to enjoy at one of the picnic tables (the only other option is an awful snack bar).
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Mar 4th, 2005, 09:43 AM
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I third Ganicolo Hill!!!

Its a little hidden treasure with the most OUTSTANDING views! It seems I tell all my friends to check it out when they head to Rome, but I have yet for one of them to actually go up there. Its beautiful.
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Mar 4th, 2005, 09:54 AM
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Sunrise: Gianicolo Hill

Sunset: - Trinità dei Monti (Above Piazza di Spagna)
- Pincio (up Piazza del Popolo)

Sunset from the Gianicolo is actually stunning, even if you don't get to see the actual red Sun sphere, you see from there the roofs of the city getting red in a way you don't get to see when you have the sun in front of you.
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Mar 4th, 2005, 10:00 AM
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Sunrise, peeking through slitted eyelids in bed! I saw a beautiful sunset from the bridge (Vittore Emmanuelle?) with a glow in the Tiber and the duomo of St. Peter's all aglow.
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Mar 4th, 2005, 01:02 PM
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Janiculum Hill for sunrise

We enjoyed a glorious summer sunset from Castel Sant Angelo
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Mar 4th, 2005, 01:10 PM
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We saw a wonderful sunset from Piazza del Quirnale, where Via XX Settembre ends. It's up on a hill and all the domes of Rome shimmering in the setting sun are quite a sight.

No sunrises--on my vacations, I can't think of any reason to get up that early...
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Mar 5th, 2005, 03:07 AM
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Thanks for the great suggestions!
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Mar 5th, 2005, 09:16 AM
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Just for clarification, my atlas shows a Piazzale G. Garibaldi and a Piazzale A. Garibaldi in the Parco Gianicolo area. Am I in the right place? Can anyone tell me if this park is well lit and considered safe after dark? Thanks!
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Mar 5th, 2005, 11:38 AM
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Nutella, you are in the right place. There are two piazzas in Parco Giancolo. What you want to do is walk up through the stone entrance gates (if recollection serves) up the Passeggiata del Garibaldi. You will reach the Piazzale Giuseppe Garibaldi first, keep walking up the hill, and you will then reach Piazzale Anita Garibaldi. This is the overlook where you can see fantastic views of the city. It's really wonderful up there. It's always crowded with people. If the weather is nice, the food vendors have their carts out and you can grab something to eat. I was there late in the afternoon, not dark, so I can't tell you how many people are there in the twilight/moonlight, however.
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much thanks mermaid - very helpful!
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Mar 6th, 2005, 03:57 AM
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You don't have to worry too much about what neighborhoods/places are safe in quite the same way you do in the States,with the possible exception of Termini,the train station. I was alone and walked everywhere. It's a very safe city,with very little of the crimes to which we've unfortunately become so accustomed. Yes, these spots,and there are several vantage points at the top of Ganicolo, are quite safe.
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Mar 6th, 2005, 01:48 PM
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Thanks diva. I should have mentioned, I'm being extra cautious since I'm carrying around conspicuous photo equipment. I'll have to trust my judgement when I'm there, but for now, it's good to know that area is considered safe!
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