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.

Italy, Rome, Cordonata Steps

Italy, Rome, Cordonata Steps

What is of more interest though is the alley to the right of the square. It leads to an overlook that lays out the Roman Forum in all its glory. Or what is left of the glory. More to come on that in a later post.

During the day, this is a nice spot to sit, relax and plan the next site you want to visit. As with all the tourist hot spots, the local polizia are ever present watching after their precious site. As is the same in all the tourist hot spots across Rome. At night/early mornings, it is especially comforting knowing that whichever site you go to, there will be polizia there.

I don’t know who devised the lighting type in this piazza though. It is of mixed sorts and extremely difficult to get the white balance right in a single shot. There is the yellow glow from the street lamps, the white from the balanced neutral lights on the buildings and then fluorescent light coming from the rooftops. It makes for an interesting photo purely on its lighting.

See what you think.

Piazza del Campidoglio at night - Rome, Italy

Piazza del Campidoglio at night - Rome, Italy

The square probably looks better in black and white due to the mixed lighting.

Piazza del Campidoglio in black & white


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