Rome at Night

Rome at Night, Italy Really Old Monument. AKA, the square in front of the Pantheon.

Oh my goodness, there were so many neat things to see in Rome! Michael Angelo’s set us up with a few fun tours to take in all this wonderful city had to offer. We took a four-hour walking tour of Vatican City, then a five-hour tour of all the major sites in Rome the next day. And there were still so many things we sought out to explore on our own! But basically, there were a lot of really old monuments. And there were a lot of people sitting on them. :)

Rome at Night, Italy

On our last afternoon there, we did escape the crowds of the city for a quiet walk along Viale Gabriele D’Annunzio above the Piazza del Popolo with this beautiful view of Rome as our backdrop. It was so neat to be in Rome, but also a little displaced from it, in a quieter, slower paced atmosphere.

Rome at Night, Italy

But my favorite thing we did was see the Colosseum.

Rome at Night, Italy

Aren’t slow shutter night scenes so much fun? I love taking them. Especially with all this hustle and bustle and traffic of Rome!

Rome at Night, Italy

One of my favorite things we did in Italy was find a new place to watch the sun go down and take a new nightscape photo every night.

Rome at Night, Italy See GPS Location on Map

Don’t worry. There was a median. :)

Rome at Night, Italy 8:12 pm

Another one of my favorite things to do when I go to a new city is look at all the postcards and find all the fun places to take photos. I didn’t see this one on a postcard, but I did see lots of street vendors in the piazzas selling photos and paintings of this beautiful scene — the view of St. Peter’s Basilica from Castel Sant’Angelo.

Rome at Night, Italy 8:19 pm

When I was telling the cab driver where we wanted to go — Castel Sant’Angelo, but not all the way, just to the bridge — he replied, “Ah, yes! For photo!” :) I have to say, we had some really entertaining cab rides in Rome. On the way to the Colosseum, our cab driver started the ride by saying “I do not speak much English, just spaghetti English!” and then proceeded to give us the world’s fastest tour of Rome completely in Italiano. Best cab ride ever. :)

Rome at Night, Italy 8:21 pm

I loved watching the sky change from brilliant hues of gold to pink to purple as the sun set.

Rome at Night, Italy 8:25 pm

Here’s where we cozied up for the night, by the way. See GPS Location on Map.

Rome at Night, Italy 8:43 pm

Good night, Rome! Cinque Terre, here we come. :)


Thanks so much to Michael Angelo’s for this wonderful opportunity!

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Vintage Paper Designs May 16, 2012 at 3:43 am

Wonderful! Your photos are like paintings.


Swati May 16, 2012 at 4:26 am

your snaps are so awesome!!! the traffic ones…loved them!!! and, the glitter on the bridge after dark…stupendous.


Chere Mortensen May 16, 2012 at 5:45 am

It looks like you and Kevin were on our trip with us. We have just return from three weeks in Europe. Italy is our favorite country. Can you believe all that the Romans accomplished with their imagination? If we were so smart. It is pretty unbelievable. Thanks for sharing your photos with us. Did you throw a coin in the fountain over your shoulder? If so you will return to Rome one day.


Caroline @ chocolate & carrots May 16, 2012 at 6:32 am

The slow shutter photos are awesome!!! You should just be a national geographic photographer…your photos are spectacular!


Vera May 16, 2012 at 6:53 am

Rome is a dream destination!


Cathy E May 16, 2012 at 7:14 am

Heading to Italy for our 30th Wedding anniversary was the plan, but life intruded. I feel like I still got to go after looking at all your photos. I especially enjoyed the GPS map locations added to your photos – so thank you for taking the extra time to add that feature.


Angie @ Big Bear's Wife May 16, 2012 at 8:19 am

What beautiful photos!


Anne P May 16, 2012 at 8:21 am

Wow. Your photos are better than a postcard! LOVE the Colosseum shots and the beautiful bridge shots during the sunset. Wish I were there :)


Clare May 16, 2012 at 8:35 am

These photos are amazing! I was just in Italy a few weeks ago – Rome and Sorrento – and it was pure heaven! Have so much fun in Cinque Terre!


margarita May 16, 2012 at 8:42 am

i wish to be there, lovely, thanks


Tara @Unsophisticook May 16, 2012 at 9:45 am

I was wondering how you got those fabulous shots of the Colosseum — glad to hear there was a median!


love2dine May 16, 2012 at 9:46 am

fantastic shot. i love it.


Denise May 16, 2012 at 10:00 am

I look at postcards and guidebooks for great photo locations too! I thought I was the only one who did that. My sister says why I don’t I just buy the postcard and be done with it!
I love Italy. It’s neat to look at your pics and remember my trip.


Carrie in Spokane May 16, 2012 at 11:56 am

Lovin’ the pics, Amanda!


Donna May 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm

So glad that you had this great opportunity. Your photography is wonderful. Love your blog and enjoy all of your updates. Thanks!!


Lynna H. May 16, 2012 at 12:40 pm

WOW. amazing. I am so jealous. And…I hope you`re having a blast! :)


Emily May 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Awesome shots! We just got back from Italy in November and my shots look NOTHING like yours! It might be time to invest in a new camera…


Suzanne May 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Simply, thank you.


Ashley May 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Your pictures are amazing! I always want to travel after reading your blog posts!!!


Jennifer May 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Go BU!


Christina May 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Love, love, love your pictures of the colosseum at night!!


Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings May 16, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I miss Rome…your photos are bee-yoo-tiful!!!


Erin @ Texanerin Baking May 17, 2012 at 9:15 am

Wow, those slow shutter photos are awesome. All of the photos are. I can’t wait to see your Tuscany pictures!


Dalia May 17, 2012 at 11:11 am

Gorgeous photos!


misjody May 18, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Great idea taking the photos as the sun set! Bellissimo!


Molly at Duchess of Fork May 22, 2012 at 9:51 am

We visited Rome on our honeymoon and absolutely loved it. I’d go back in a heart beat!


Obe June 3, 2012 at 9:38 am
Mandy August 26, 2014 at 4:28 pm

For the colosseum slow shutter speed pictures – did you use a tripod to keep the camera still that long?
We are going to Italy in 2 weeks and would love to take pictures like this but no way we are carrying a tripod along!
Thanks and absolutely love your pictures of your Italy trip – you have me inspired and even more excited to go now :)


Amanda August 28, 2014 at 8:58 am

Yes, I used a tripod :) You could also try setting your camera on a railing — there is one near the colosseum — but I prefer using a tripod. :) Hope this helps!

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