Rome’s skyline is unique and magic, you cannot miss a general overview of the city from the top of a famous monument or garden. And you have plenty of options here! We recommend to take a stroll in one of these “belvedere” in a sunny day and possibly at the end of your Roman holiday…you will be able to identify several attractions that you have visited during your holiday.
Let’s start with a short list of free-of-charge panoramic locations: the Garden on top of the Aventino (Giardino degli Aranci), the promenade of the Janiculum hill or the Pincio Garden offer nice terraces from where you can take unforgettable pictures, especially at sunset!
Just investing few euros you can climb the dome of St. Peter’s (the tallest building in town): there is a lift but just for half way, then you have to climb 300 steps! Less steps to go from the top of Castel S.Angelo, and you will enjoy the dome itself from there.
If you are not ready for the steps, chose the terrace of the Vittoriano, the big white monument overlooking Piazza Venezia. The lift will take you to the top in few seconds and Rome will embrace you!
Finally, if you can afford a deluxe meal in one of the 5 star hotels in town, you will enjoy a holystic experience pampering all your senses from a roof top restaurant. Among the best terraces we suggest the GH De la Minerve, the Bernini Bristol and the Pergola at Waldorf Astoria Cavalieri, especially by night.
In the images: view over the Tiber from Castel S.Angelo, view over St. Peter’s square from the dome, the lift on top of the Vittoriano, an amazing sunset from Pincio terrace (enlarge the pic to enjoy it!) + a video with 360° view from the Vittoriano