Vatican City & Rome Panorama – Rome, Italy

There is a viewing platform at the base of the lantern from where you can enjoy an unparalleled panorama over Rome. You have the option of taking the elevator or the stairs, the latter being a bit cheaper. At the foot of the dome you can walk onto the roof terrace, from where you get […]

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Castel Sant’Angelo – Rome, Italy

The Castel Sant’Angelo (Castle of the Holy Angel) was commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum (Mausoleum of Hadrian). Like most ancient architecture in Rome it is now a museum and you can go up to the parapets for a view across the Tiber River. I had a lot to do in Rome […]

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Travel Photography Essential Equipment

My essential gear and accessories for travel photography need to fit into one backpack that I can carry on to the plane. This image embodies what travel photography means to me. I planned and booked the hotel for this view, stayed on the roof for 2 hours during the sunset and used a tripod, polariser, […]

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St Peter’s Basilica – Rome, Italy

Considered to be the centre of Catholicism, St Peter’s is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites. It is one of the largest churches in the world and the works of art and statues within the church must be seen. I’m not religious but I had to admire the architecture. The detail is mesmerising. […]

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Trevi Fountain – Rome, Italy

I would recommend the approach from Via delle Muratte, off Via del Corso, when you first go to see the Trevi Fountain. Merchants selling iconic memorabilia line the alley. As you walk closer to the end, you hear the sound of the water and the space then opens up. Of course you want photos without […]

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The Pantheon – Rome, Italy

I like how some of the ancient architecture of Rome is tucked away, surrounded by buildings. You walk up a nondescript alley wondering at which turn you’ll see it and then there it is as the piazza opens up and presents its secret. The best approach has to be the one to the Trevi Fountain […]

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Column of Marcus Aurelius – Rome, Italy

The Column of Marcus Aurelius is a Roman victory column in Piazza Colonna, Rome, Italy. It is a Doric column featuring a spiral relief: it was built in honour of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius and modelled on Trajan’s Column. Well that is the brief history lesson. I wanted the column to appear taller than the […]

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Altar of the Fatherland – Rome, Italy

The Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) is a monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II) who was the first king of a unified Italy. It courted controversy due to its location and style. Just like the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe in […]

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Roman Forum – Rome, Italy

The Roman Forum is situated in the centre of the historical area of Rome. There are many buildings and remnants strewn around a large area as The Forum was the centre of Roman public life. The Arch of Septimius Severus is one of the virtually complete surviving architectures and is one of the focal points […]

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Piazza del Campidoglio – Rome, Italy

The Piazza del Campidoglio was designed by Michelangelo, built in 1538, and so is a must see purely because of the designer. The Cordonata steps leading up to this square are of interest due to the idea of the design, but nothing worthy of capturing. What is of more interest though is the alley to […]

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