Rome- Best Views

Mar 23rd, 2007, 03:50 PM
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I will visit the Janiculum Hill next month and hope to get so great photographs. I have great photographs from the top of St Peters Dome, but there is another location especially for the history buffs that can be absolutely beautiful and surreal with the sun setting over the Forum of an Empire that never dies. If you are in the neighbor, go to the Forum Hotel, take the elevator to the roof top restaurant, walk out onto restaurant patio and them turn immediately to your right and walk up the narrow steps to the wine terrace over the restaurant. Have a glass of wine and watch the sun set over the glory that was Rome. (the elevator may go to the wine terrace).
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Mar 25th, 2007, 09:05 AM
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RE: Forum Hotel terrace

LBev, wish I had known about the wine terrace - or maybe it wasn't there when I visited. But we did have dinner one night up on the Forum Hotel roof and it was definitely a fun thing to do - looking down on the lighted Forum does make it feel slightly less like Ancient Rome and more like Las Vegas, but it's all good and "unique."
As to the restaurant, one of the more expenisive I've been to in Rome, though not out of sight and the fare was excellent. The wine terrace sounds like a less pricey option worth exploring.
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Mar 26th, 2007, 05:54 AM
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There is another excellent view not mentioned here yet:
From the Parco Savelli, on the Aventine. If you make the trip up to shoot through the keyhole at S Maria del Priorata (the Knights of Malta), don't forget to walk down the street to this lovely park - it is notably undercrwded, quiet but not remote. A longish wall offers multiple choices for perching your companions in photos, or maybe resting your camera in lieu of a tripod if you're in low light at end of day.

Parco Savelli is near or adjacent the church of Santa Sabina, one of the earlist standing in Rome, worth a stop whileyou're up there.

These parks up high in Rome can be especially welcome rest stops during hot seasons. You can cool off in the shade, there always seems to be a seat available, and they're open at midday when many sites are closed.

Many people will decide to take a cab up to the Aventine. But coming down there's a sort of secret exit that will place you conveniently close to the Capitoline/Forum, etc.

At the far end of the Parco Savelli is a stone gate, and outside that a staircase leading to a path that heads further down. This takes you quicklyfrom the height of the Aventine to the street below, the Lungotavere (beside the Tiber) Aventino. Continue a very short distance and you'll find yourself at Santa MAria in Cosmedin, where the famed Bocca Della Verita resides. Go inside, the church has much more to offer than the photo op of your hand in the monster's mouth!

Outside again you'll see that you are in front of the temple of Vesta. Continue up the Tiber past the Triton Fountain to reach the steps up to the Capitoline etc. OR, from S Maria in Cosmedin you can head the other way over to the Circus Maximus, Palatine etc.
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Mar 26th, 2007, 12:55 PM
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Lots of good info given here. I might add that if you walk up the Janiculum, stop into St. Onofrio. The yard gives a nice view of Rome and the other side has a view of St Peter's dome.

For one of the best views of St Peter's dome go to Via Piccolomini, where the street frames the dome perfectly. See photos at:
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Mar 26th, 2007, 01:26 PM
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great pix, sandi, thanks
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