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Where to Find the Best Views in Rome

Where to Find the Best Views in Rome

Escape the urban bustle of Rome’s busy streets by heading above its rooftops to take in sweeping views from church domes, hilltop gardens, and other scenic spots across the city. For particularly unforgettable photos, head to your favorite overlook to catch the soft golden light at sunset. Here are the best panoramic perches in Rome.  

 

St. Peter’s Dome

In a city of countless domes and cupolas, there is one that tops them all: Michelangelo’s stunning St. Peter’s Dome. Take the elevator up from the basilica, then climb 320 steps for an unobstructed, 360-degree view of the Eternal City.

 

Pincio Terrace at Villa Borghese

Arguably the most romantic spot in Rome, this scenic terrace above Piazza del Popolo offers a dazzling view straight across Rome’s rooftops to St. Peter’s dome. Follow the shady avenues of the Villa Borghese to the terrace to steal a photo (or a kiss). 

 

Keyhole of the Knights of Malta and the Orange Garden

One of the most photographed views of Rome is the image of St. Peter’s Basilica framed through the keyhole of the Knights of Malta, located in a door on Aventine Hill. If you’re not interested in waiting in line to snap a picture, head next door to the Orange Garden where you can enjoy the same view without the crowds.

 

Vittoriano

This monument to Vittorio Emanuele II is known by many names: the Vittoriano, the Altar of the Fatherland, and the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument. Whatever you call it, the grand complex has one of the best views over the city’s ancient ruins. Take the Roma dal Cielo elevator up to the rooftop Terrazza delle Quadrighe for glimpses of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum from above.

 

Janiculum Hill

This hilltop above Trastevere (called the Gianicolo in Italian), is the second highest in the city and a popular spot to watch the sunset glow on the domes and rooftops. The view encompases the historic center and includes the Vittoriano on the horizon. 

Castel Sant’Angelo

For a glimpse of the Tiber River and St. Peter’s Basilica from above, there’s no better spot than Castel Sant’Angelo. This round mausoleum, built for the Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD, offers arresting views from the circumference of its rooftop terrace.

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Skip-the-lines Castel Sant'Angelo and Pope Paul III Apartments Tour

Skip-the-lines Castel Sant'Angelo and Pope Paul III Apartments Tour

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Castel Sant’Angelo is one of Rome’s most striking landmarks and this 90-minute guided tour will ensure you make the most of your visit. Enjoy skip-the-line access, visit the Pope Paul III Apartments, see Hadrian’s tomb, and take in the views from the terrace.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$104.49
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$104.49
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The Original St. Peter's Dome Climb, Basilica & Vatacombs

The Original St. Peter's Dome Climb, Basilica & Vatacombs

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Combine several of Rome's most-visited highlights—climbing St. Peter's Dome and the interior of the Basilica  on a single tour with a guide. You'll also get the rare chance to visit the the papal crypts and the vatacombs, stops that aren't typically included on standard tours. This tour includes a lot of stairs, and although there are plenty of rest breaks, it is best for those in decent physical shape. As you explore the sites, you'll learn about the Vatican's history and religious significance.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.24
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$60.24
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Michelangelo's Dome & the Papal Tombs - St Peter's Basilica Small Group Tour

Michelangelo's Dome & the Papal Tombs - St Peter's Basilica Small Group Tour

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Discover the inside, outside, top, and bottom of St Peter’s Basilica on a 2.5-hour small-group guided visit. The tour goes behind the exterior and interior of the UNESCO World Heritage Site with additional visits of the dome and Papal tombs. Get an insider’s knowledge of the iconic and lesser-known artworks by Michelangelo, Bernini, and other influential artists. With maximum six participants per group, you're guaranteed an immersive and engaging tour experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$101.17
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Villa Borghese Bike Tour in Rome

Villa Borghese Bike Tour in Rome

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Breathe in the beauty of Villa Borghese, Rome’s largest public park, on a guided bike tour. This monumental complex of gardens takes its name from 15th-century art patron Cardinal Scipione Borghese and boasts the stately Gallery Borghese art museum, a picturesque lake, ornate monuments, and ancient ruins. Pedal around highlights including the magnificent Lake Gardens, fountains, statues and temples, and the elegant gallery, home to works by Caravaggio and Bernini.
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  • 3 hours
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$47.94
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Rome Segway Tour Villa Borghese

Rome Segway Tour Villa Borghese

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Explore the Villa Borghese gardens, one of Rome’s loveliest parks, on this Segway tour. With the ability to cover more ground than a walking tour but still be outside, a Segway is the ideal way to experience this peaceful respite above the bustling streets of the Eternal City. Following a guide, you’ll cruise down shady pathways, admire fountains, enjoy the Lake Gardens and check out Piazza di Siena. Numbers are limited to eight people to provide a small-group experience. Select a departure time when booking.
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  • 3 hours
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$96.05
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Exclusive | Castel Sant Angelo - Tomb of Hadrian Private Guided Tour

Exclusive | Castel Sant Angelo - Tomb of Hadrian Private Guided Tour

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The Castel Sant'Angelo, otherwise known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, boasts a rich Roman history dating back to the 2nd century—but the entrance queues are often long. On this tour, enjoy skip-the-line entry and follow your guide on a comprehensive visit of the site. Discover beautiful frescoes by Raphael, learn about powerful emperors and popes, and enjoy panoramic Rome views from the high terraces.
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  • 2 hours
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$170.88
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$170.88
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Private Circus Maximus and Aventine Keyhole Tour

Private Circus Maximus and Aventine Keyhole Tour

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Get a personal introduction to ancient Rome on a private tour of Circus Maximus and Aventine Hill, exploring historic architecture, art, and a garden with sweeping views of the city. Enjoy the flexibility of a private guide as you walk, with plenty of time to ask questions and see the things that interest you most. This walking tour includes all entrance fees for your convenience.
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  • 2 hours
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$307.34
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$307.34
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Colosseum Tour with Vittoriano and Roman Forum

Colosseum Tour with Vittoriano and Roman Forum

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Lose the crowds with skip-the-line admission to the Colosseum and continue on to the Roman Forum during this 3-hour walking tour. You are informed about the fascinating history of Ancient Rome by your knowledgeable guide. Then soak up the ambience from the rooftop terrace of the Vittoriano at Piazza Venezia, boasting panoramic views over the city. Receive personalized attention in a small group of no more than 12 participants.
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  • 3 hours
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$92.20
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Vittoriano Piazza del Campidoglio & Santa Maria in Aracoeli Guided Tour in Rome

Vittoriano Piazza del Campidoglio & Santa Maria in Aracoeli Guided Tour in Rome

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One of Rome’s most spectacular monuments is also one of its most recent, the striking 20th-century Vittoriano. This magnificent complex is often overshadowed by the neighboring Colosseum and Forum, but with this tour you can learn about its fascinating history and symbolism with a guide. Afterwards, continue to the adjacent Capitoline Hill to admire the square designed by Michelangelo and the art-rich Church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli perched above.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$49.17
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$49.17
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Private Tour: Breathtaking Views of Rome

Private Tour: Breathtaking Views of Rome

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Enjoy the convenience of traveling with a chauffeur and the freedom of traveling independently on this best-of-both-worlds tour. Your driver will take you to a number of high points in Rome, where you can see beautiful sweeping views of the city. Read up on the destinations first, or bring your own guidebook, so you can better understand the views in front of you. This is an ideal tour for couples seeking a romantic and relaxed activity.
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  • 3 hours
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$281.73
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