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26 October, 2013

Top 5 Photo Spots of St. Peter's Dome

View on the St. Peter's Basilica Dome from the Castle St. Angelo Terrace
St. Peter's Dome view from Castle St. Angelo Terrace

Rome, the Eternal City, is popular for its breathtaking sights, splendid beauty and some of the most exquisite pieces of architecture ever built by mankind. A trip to Rome is never complete without visiting its historical landmarks, some of which have been made immortal in history books and movies across the globe. The St. Peter's Basilica - part of Vatican City - is definitely one of those. When I returned from my Rome trip and looked at my photos, I noticed that I had lots and lots of photos of the St. Peter's Basilica Dome. So I decided to put together my list of the Top 5 Photo Spots to take a photo of the St. Peter's Basilica Dome.



1. The Famous Keyhole View


Photo of the St. Peter's Basilica Dome taken through the famous Keyhole
View on St. Peter's Dome through the famous Keyhole

Any list of Top Photo Spots of Rome cannot be complete without including the famous Keyhole view of the St. Peter's Basilica Dome. In order to catch of glimpse through this famous keyhole, you need to take a long walk to the Headquarters of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta located on top of Aventine Hill. The St. Peter's Basilica Dome can be seen through the keyhole of this glorified door. It's not an easy photo to take as it is quite difficult to get the Dome in focus but when you do succeed, you will be - just like I am - very proud to have your very own keyhole photo. 



2. Castle St. Angelo


View on St. Peter's Basilica Dome from the Castle St. Angelo's Restaurant
View from Castle St. Angelo Restaurant

The Terrace of Castle St. Angelo may not be as high as other popular photo locations in Rome, its location at the centre of Papal Rome makes it an ideal spot to click photos of the Tiber, the Bridge of Angels... and of course the St. Peter's Basilica (see first photo). To get an even more unique photo, go to the restaurant on the first floor of the Castle St. Angelo and take a photo of the St. Peter's Basilica Dome through one of the windows.



3. Garden of Oranges


View on the St. Peter's Basilica Dome from the Garden of Oranges
View from the Garden of Oranges

The Garden of Oranges, also known as Giardino degli Aranci, is located on Aventine Hill not far from the Headquarters of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. The Garden of Oranges is a popular and peaceful photo spot offering splendid views over the Eternal City. However, the main reason for its popularity is that this place is an ideal spot to take a photo of the St. Peter's Basilica Dome. The easiest way to reach the garden is to climb the path on the church of Santa Maria till you reach the park.



4. Terrace of the Vatican Museum



Photo of the St. Peter's Dome taken from the Vatican Museum Terrace
View from the terrace of the Vatican Museum

When you visit the St. Peter's Basilica, you can climb the steps to reach the top of the Dome. This may seem as a major task but those who take the effort are rewarded with some of the best views over Rome and especially over St. Peter's Square and the Vatican Gardens. While climbing those steps you will reach a terrace before you reach the top from where you have a close-up view on the Dome. The Vatican Museum Tour provides you with another close-up view of the Dome from the Vatican Museum Terrace.



5. Terraces above the Spanish Steps 


View on the St. Peter's Basilica Dome from the terraces above the Spanish Steps
View from the terraces above the Spanish Steps

Climb the Spanish Steps on the Piazza di Spagna and take a left once you reached the top. Keep walking till you get the St. Peter's Basilica in sight. From various places on these terraces you can take great photos of the Dome. These terraces - high above Rome - provide a stunning view over the City. 


What's is your favorite spot to take a photo from the St. Peter's Basilica Dome?
Freya - Holiday Nomad, a Travel and Photo Blog


38 comments:

  1. Pictures always tell the beauty of a place without any bias.

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    1. Rome is indeed a very beautiful place

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  2. I do agree with RainField 61's comment - the lens can do little to alter the truth.
    These are beautifully taken and definitely showcase the grander.
    Some even look more like trompe l'oeil, such as, "View from Castle St. Angelo Restaurant" - Thoroughly enjoying this virtual tour I'm on. :-)

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    1. The view from the Castle St. Angelo Restaurant was just amazing, seemed like a dream

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  3. Well, my favorite place to "take" a photo of the St. Peter's Basilica Dome would be reading your blog, Freya! I've never been there. Wow, you absolutely nailed it with the keyhole picture. That is incredible! What really caught my attention though was the restaurant at Castle St. Angelo. Oh my gosh, you can really eat there with that view?? I'm in! :)

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    1. Hi Mike, thanks :-) Yes you can really eat there with that view, isn't that amazing?

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  4. All five spots are perfect, Freya.
    Totally agree with you on "the most exquisite pieces of architecture ever built by mankind", as well as sculptural art. You don't really need to go to a museum to see it. It's there! on the streets and facades.

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  5. Lovely, charming and stunning views! I really miss Vatican, but the view from Castle St. Angelo Restaurant is definitely my favourite one. Wish I had a glass of wine and a nice dinner while looking at the beauty of the castle.

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    1. It is indeed an amazing experience

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  6. Nice pics, love the color!!

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  7. Wonderful pictures of a beautiful building and city. I love the first one, through the keyhole.

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    1. I'm still doubting which one is my favorite the keyhole one or the one from the Castle St. Angelo restaurant.

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  8. Ahhhh, Rome. My favorite city in the world :) I can never get enough, no matter how many people share photos and blog posts :) Thanks so much for sharing, Freya :) And enjoy your time!

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  9. Truly, remarkable tour and spectacular architectural buildings.
    Pictures looking good quality..

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  10. Beautiful shots of the dome! I think my favorite is the first one through the keyhole.

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    1. Definitely one of my favorites as well :-)

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  11. I've been there last year, but I hadn't taken any of these shots. #Fail hahaha

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    1. Hi Aleah, there's always a next time :-)

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  12. Lovely shots Freya! In particular the keyhole shot is fabulous!

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  13. I love the Keyhole View shot! The best of the lot :-)

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  14. HI Freya, wow these are all stunning vantage points to photograph Vatican's Dome. I've been to Rome twice but I have not explored all these points. Will keep them in mind for next time. Great tips and photos.

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  15. This is a wonderful list. next time I am around I have to remember it.

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  16. Great post!! You have a real talent for spotting the details! I've been to Rome recently and now I have to go back to see all those views! :)

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    1. haha any excuse is good to return to Rome :)

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  17. Lovely photos - and great tips for getting beautiful pictures from perfect places.

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