A while back, I compiled a massive photo essay from my spring getaway to Rome, which did surprisingly well. Lesson learned: People love photos from Italy — especially when these photos include a ridiculous amount of food and gelato images.
I sure love those classic Italy impressions as well: When I go to a city like Rome I enjoy those little winding cobbled lanes, gelato and pasta, and every little bit of Italian cuteness, but to be honest: That’s not what I travel to Rome for: I come for art, history and architecture. Because no matter if you want to understand antique or baroque architecture, no matter if you discuss the history of frescoes or sculptures: All (art historical) roads lead to Rome. Always Rome. Without this city, our world’s art and architecture would not be the same.
And all these art historical features of Rome were not included in my last photo essay from Rome, because I felt like they deserve their own space. So to complete the true idea of Rome — despite all the piazzas and great espressos — here is a collection of my favorite photos from Rome from an art historian in love with the Eternal City. It’s only the tiniest selection of what the city truly has to offer when it comes to art and architecture, but I hope these photos will make you fall in love over and over again — just like they do for me.
Which photo from art historical and archeological Rome is your favorite?