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15 Photos That Prove You Really Must Visit Rome at Night

15 Photos That Prove You Really Must Visit Rome at Night

Picture of Emma Law
Contributing Writer
Updated: 10 November 2017

While Rome is undisputedly gorgeous during the day, it’s also busy, noisy and chaotic. As the sun sets, however, the city begins to unwind, revealing a more serene side to its personality. Illuminated by moonlight, cobbled piazzas seem more romantic, ancient monuments more stirring and panoramic vistas even more breathtaking. The Eternal City is especially charming after dark – and these photos prove it.

Sunsets in Rome really are this colourful

Roman Skyline | © Shutterstock

Roman Skyline | © Shutterstock

As dusk falls, ancient ruins are especially thought-provoking to gaze upon

Fori Imperiali at dusk | © Giuseppe Milo/Flickr

Fori Imperiali at dusk | © Giuseppe Milo/Flickr

On winter evenings, look out for murmurations of starlings performing mid-air acrobatics above Rome’s church domes and historic palazzi

A flock of starlings above the city skyline | © gregseed/Pixabay

A flock of starlings above the city skyline | © gregseed/Pixabay

And then there’s the monuments

The Pantheon at night | © bongs Lee/Flickr

The Pantheon at night | © bongs Lee/Flickr

Illuminated against the night sky to show off their magnificence

Altare della Patria | © Giovanni/Flickr

Altare della Patria | © Giovanni/Flickr

Each monument grander than the next

The Colosseum at night | © Javier Vieras/Flickr

The Colosseum at night | © Javier Vieras/Flickr

Whether you head to Rome’s most famous fountain…

The Trevi Fountain | © Shutterstock

The Trevi Fountain | © Shutterstock

…or one a little further afield

Fontana dell'Acqua Paola | © Shutterstock

Fontana dell’Acqua Paola | © Shutterstock

The city’s water features also sparkle at night

Bernini's fountain in St. Peter's Square | © Imre Botos/Flickr

Bernini’s fountain in St. Peter’s Square | © Imre Botos/Flickr

Packed with tourists in the day, Piazza Navona reveals its dramatic side at night

Fountain of the Four Rivers, Piazza Navona | © Rosino/Flickr (edited)

Fountain of the Four Rivers, Piazza Navona | © Rosino/Flickr (edited)

Even the roundabouts are impressive

Piazza della Repubblica | © Kimon Froussios/Flickr

Piazza della Repubblica | © Kimon Froussios/Flickr

While cosy neighbourhoods like Trastevere become the perfect meeting place to begin the evening

Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere | © Shutterstock

Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere | © Shutterstock

Whether you walk along the water front…

Castel Sant'Angelo | © Stefano Avolio/Flickr

Castel Sant’Angelo | © Stefano Avolio/Flickr

…or stroll across its many bridges, don’t forget to admire the Tiber River

Il Tevere | © Mark Freeth/Flickr

Il Tevere | © Mark Freeth/Flickr

In fact, every angle of the city – from church cupola to cobbled piazza – deserves to be explored at night!

The Rome skyline at night | © Дмитрий Бондарев/Flickr

The Rome skyline at night | © Дмитрий Бондарев/Flickr