Sunset In Rome ~ You Need To Know Where To Watch It From

Most tourists get so caught up in the hustle and bustle happening at street level in Rome that they don’t realize just how completely gorgeous Roman sunsets are. There’s too much going on: too many people, too much history, too many breathtaking sights – Rome is a glorious sensory overload.

late afternoon in Rome at the Forum
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It is easy to lose yourself in the sheer majesty of the city and miss the delicate moments she has to offer. Sunset is one of those moments. If you know where to go you can get up high and watch the apricot veil drape over the city, making the ancient ruins and the Baroque buildings glow in the near ethereal light. The soft haze starts drifting upwards, as if 3000 years’ worth of souls are floating up into the evening sky.

Castel Sant' Angelo at sunset
Castel Sant’ Angelo at sunset via @takemyhearteverywhere on Instagram

After years of traveling to and from Rome I have learned to make sure I am somewhere fabulous at the end of the day to watch the sun set over the Eternal City.

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In my book Glam Italia! 101 Fabulous Things To Do In Rome I devote an entire chapter to the 7 best places to watch the sunset in Rome.

One of them is in my neighborhood, the Trastevere.

Walk to the end of via Geofreddi Mamelli, go up the stairs through the park-like surrounds and follow the road to the Garibaldi Monument.

sunset on the janiculum hill in Rome
My favorite place to be in Rome at suset is up here, on the Janiculum Hill at the Garibaldi Monument

This is the Janiculum Hill. From the viewing points you can look out across Rome and spot every monument and building you have visited that day. You get an incredible perspective on how small the heart of Rome really is. The first time I went up here I was shocked to see how close the Monument Vittore Emanuele II (the Wedding Cake Building) and the Roman Forum are to the Pantheon.

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View of Rome from the Janiculum Hill in the late afternoon
Just before sunset, from the Janiculum Hill on my iPhone

This is my favorite place in Rome to watch the sunset, for two reasons. Firstly you are across the river (Tras-tevere) so you are looking out at Rome rather than from within Rome.

the dome of St Peter's in Rome at sunset, from the Garibaldi Monument
The sun setting over the dome of St Peters, seen from the Garibaldi Monument on the Janiculum Hill

Secondly you are behind the Dome of St Peters, so rather than looking and photographing into the light you can watch the sun turn the dome into a magnificent apricot-orange ball. I don’t even know how many times I have come up here to watch it, but it has never lost any of the magic.

Rome's Garibaldi Monument at sunset via @tonyhofvander on Instagram
Rome’s Garibaldi Monument at sunset via @tonyhofvander on Instagram

You don’t really see tourists up here. You will meet lots of locals, walking their dogs, going on dates, stopping to enjoy the view. The American school and the Spanish school are nearby, so sometimes you will run into college kids.

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Sunset up on the Janiculum Hill is peaceful and beautiful and gives you a lovely respite from the hubbub of the busy city. On the way back down the hill there are wine bars and restaurants to stop at, or you can walk into the Trastevere itself where there are endless eateries to choose from.

early evening drinks with a view of rome from the Janiculum Hill
Post sunset drinks and snacks up on the Janiculum Hill in Rome

The Janiculum Hill is across the river from the heart of Rome, and is an easy walk from anywhere in central Rome.

Find out more about the best places to watch the sunset in Rome in my new book Glam Italia! 101 Fabulous Things To Do In Rome, available worldwide on Amazon.com

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My new book Glam Italia! 101 Fabulous Things To Do In Rome is now available worldwide on Amazon.com

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101 Fabulous Things To Do in Rome ~ Now In Paperback!

I’m super excited to tell you that my new book Glam Italia! 101 Fabulous Things to Do in Rome is now available worldwide in paperback!

Best Rome Travel Guide Book Glam Italia 101 Fabulous Things To Do In Rome
Glam Italia! 101 Fabulous Things To Do In Rome, now available in paperback

Wherever you are in the world you can order it on your local Amazon and it will ship directly to you. (Amazon has exclusive rights to my books)

So far Glam Italia! 101 Fabulous Things to Do in Rome has been doing really well. It is the Number 1 New Release in Rome Travel Guides, Vatican Travel Guides, Italy Travel Guides, Malta (because of the Caravaggio stories in the book), has been a Best Seller in Rome Travel Guides – there have been days where it has outsold Rick Steves! Amazon called me to tell me that it had been charting high every day and was outperforming expectations. So I am pretty excited!

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Paperback or Digital?

The book is available both in paperback and on Kindle/Kindle App. If you are not sure which is the right version for you, this may help you decide:

DIGITAL:

The digital version of the book is available on Kindle and the Kindle App. I don’t own a Kindle, so I use the app instead. It is on my phone and my iPad (so any smartphone and tablet, and I think laptops too). This is actually how I read books now, everything goes to the app and I read them on my iPad, even library books! It is fantastic for travel and has just become really convenient at home too.

Personally I don’t read books on my phone, I prefer a bigger screen. But it does come in handy when you are out sightseeing and want to pull up information quickly, especially if you don’t have Wi-Fi or only have limited or slow Wi-Fi. This is super useful when you want to order food or wine, are trying to remember where I recommended for Instagram pics or sunsets in Rome, or are at some historic site and want to get the scoop on it.

PAPERBACK:

The only exception to my reading digital is when I buy travel books. I like to highlight things, dog ear pages, put post it notes in there and I tend to write in the margins too. So if that’s you then a print copy might be your best choice.

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the best travel guide for Rome, Glam Italia! 101 Fabulous Things To Do In Rome

What Is Matchbook?

Amazon lets me set the book to Matchbook, so that you can get a digital copy for cheap if you order a print copy.

They set the digital to $2.99 if you already have the print version. (The digital is $8.95 at the moment and will go up next month to $9.95)

When you are out sightseeing all day it can be a nuisance carrying a book with you. That’s where matchbook comes in handy. You can download the Kindle App and get the book on your smartphone, for cheap. You’ve already done your research and know which places you want to visit, so now instead of carrying the book with you, you can just pull it up on your phone on the app and go directly to the chapter you need or the place you are standing in front of.

It can be quite handy. Also, the Matchbook option stays there, so you don’t have to buy both versions at once, instead you can just download the digital version later if it looks like it will be beneficial.

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If you have the paperback version of either (or both!) of my books and are taking them with you when you travel, please snap a photo of yourself with the book and post it on social media (tag me) or email it to me. I get a huge kick out of seeing my readers with the books. Many of you have emailed me or messaged me on social media to tell me you are doing something from one of the books, and I can’t tell you how much it totally makes my day!

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Underground Rome And Why You Need To See It!

Did you know there is an entire city below the modern city of Rome?

Underground Rome, ruins from 3rd century A.D
Underground Rome, ruins dating to 3rd century A.D.

After two millennia of accumulated dust and dirt, building and rebuilding, filling in old buildings with sand and dirt and rocks and building something new on top, the current city sits as much as 25 meters above the various old cities.

Underground Rome, the city beneath the city. Ruins of a 4th century chapel
Heading below street level into the ruins of a 4th century chapel in Rome

If you stand at street level and look down into the Roman Forum you will see what I mean. It seems as though every time they go to build something new or dig up the basement of a property to do routine repairs they find some new site dating back to antiquity. In fact, 90% of the old city hasn’t been excavated and probably never will be.

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In my new book Glam Italia! 101 Fabulous Things To Do In Rome (available worldwide on Amazon.com) I have an entire chapter on Underground Rome, with 10 really cool places to go below ground and experience the ancient, ancient city.

2000 year old mosaic floors in the city beneath rome
2000 year old mosaic floors in underground Rome

It is honestly one of my favorite things to do. Walk around the city below the city, seeing 2000+ year old mosaic floors and inlaid marble floors.

2000 year old roman homes below the current city of Rome
Walking through an area of ancient Roman homes and apartments, dating back 2000 years. These ruins are underneath the modern city of Rome

First century frescoes and frescoes that date back to the Republic. Plaques and columns and sarcophagi  – they’re all down there!

frescoes in Teatro Pompeo date back to 55 B.C.
Frescoes underground in Teatro Pompeo date back to 55 B.C.
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I take my Glam Italia Tour groups to a variety of these places. One of them is a 4th century chapel below a current day working church. It still has frescoes dating back to the 300’s on the walls.

ruins of a 4th century chapel in underground Rome
These ruins of a 4th century chapel are underneath a functioning church in Rome

Normally we are the only people down there. This nice old man who has been working there for as long as I can remember has to unlock the door and turn on the lights to let us in.

1st century sarcophagus below the city of Rome
First century sarcophagus in underground Rome

Meanwhile right up the street there are thousands of tourists waiting in line to get a postcard photo of a famous site (albeit with a bunch of other people’s heads in the frame), completely unaware of what is quite literally beneath their feet!

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fresco'd ceiling in Nero's Golden Palace in underground Rome
Frescoes on the ceiling of Nero’s Golden Palace date back to 64 A.D.

In Glam Italia! 101 Fabulous Things to Do in Rome I tell you about Pompeo, his rivalry with Julius Caesar and the huge theater he built back in 55 B.C.

column in teatro pompeo, rome
This column dates back to 55 B.C. and is in the ruins of Teatro Pompeo, beneath a restaurant in Rome

Julius Caesar was actually assassinated in the curia of Teatro Pompeo, which backs onto Largo Argentina. (I tell you where to find this in the book).

ruins of teatro pompeo below the city of rome
Ruins of Teatro Pompeo (Pompey’s Theater) below a restaurant in Rome. I tell you where in the book!

I also tell you about a restaurant that sits atop the ruins of the other end of Teatro Pompeo, where you can go downstairs and walk around inside the ruins. It is mind blowing!

ruins of teatro pompeo, 55 B.C.
Part of Teatro Pompeo, dating back to 55 B.C. sit below a restaurant in Rome
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If you are making a trip to Rome, be it for a day or for a month, I highly recommend picking up this book and using it to find all manner of totally fascinating places, most of which will be a short walk down the street from where you will be going anyway.

sarcophagus in underground rome
Sarcophagus in underground Rome

Read the chapter on Underground Rome and do your best to get to at least one of the places to experience the subterranean city. I can pretty much guarantee there will be almost no one down there, so not only will you get to experience something really sensational but you will also get to escape the crowds!

See you in Rome!

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