view of Rome and Vittoriano monument at dusk from Hotel Eden
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7 of the most stunning viewpoints across Rome

March 31, 2022

Alessandro Arciola, our head concierge at Hotel Eden, is a mine of information when it comes to exploring the many delights of Rome. Here he shares some of his favourite places around the city from which to admire the finest views.


Gianicolo, also known as Janiculum Hill, is Rome’s highest hill and offers you one of the most diverse and far-reaching views across the city. From this elevated position, gaze out at the many historic domes, towers, palaces and monuments. Stroll through the impressive avenue of trees of Janiculum Promenade and make your way to the Garibaldi Monument for the best vantage point. From here, you’re rewarded with sightings of the Pantheon, Altare della Patria, Castel Sant’Angelo and St Peter’s Basilica.

View of Rome from Janiculum Hill
Giardino degli Aranci sunset view in Rome

Giardino degli Aranci

Standing proud on Aventine Hill, alongside the Tiber, you’ll find Savello Park. Ask any local and they’ll call it  ‘Giardino degli Aranci’, meaning Orange Garden due to its large swathe of orange trees. This is one of my favourite parks, it’s a wonderfully romantic setting designed by Raffaele De Vico, with sculptural umbrella pines providing welcome shade during the height of summer. This is also one of the finest places from which to admire the exterior of the dome of St Peter’s Basilica.

Terrazza delle Quadrighe

Via a panoramic lift ride, venture to the top of the vast white marble Victor Emmanuel II monument. From here, take to the terrace for a break-taking 360° view of the Eternal City, one you’ll never forget. At either end of the terrace is a huge bronze sculpture of a horse-drawn chariot, perfectly framing your view. Look out towards the Colosseum and you’ll also see the Imperial Forum, Jewish Ghetto and many other famous sights.

View from Terrazza delle Quadrighe on top of Vittoriano monument in Rome
St Peter's Basilica in Rome

St Peter's Dome

If you’re visiting St Peter’s Basilica, be sure to go up into the cathedral’s famous dome. If you’re feeling energetic you can tackle the 551 steps up the seemingly endless circular staircase or you can opt for the elevator to take you part of the way. For me, the dome’s majestic interior is matched by the scenic views from the dome’s exterior. From this vantage point you can admire Piazza San Pietro, Bernini’s Colonnade and all the way out to Castelli Romani and the sea.

Monte Mario

Situated in the north-west of Rome, on the banks of the Tiber, I think Monte Mario is a gloriously scenic spot and is less well known than other viewpoints. From the Zodiac terrace, you can see plenty of major monuments and witness the Alban Hills and the Apennines. For a romantic touch, stroll along the Lovers’ Path that writer Wolfgang Goethe so admired.

panorama of Rome from Monte Mario
Panorama of Rome with Altare della Patria, domes and towers

Viale del Belvedere

For an enchanting place to watch the sun as it sets over the Eternal City, head to the famous Villa Borghese Gardens, created by Giuseppe Valadier. Wander until you reach Viale del Belvedere, where outstanding city views await you. I particularly love the way you can just make out the top tier of the Colosseum peeking through the skyline.

Il Giardino Bar

Of all of these incredible views, my absolute favourite has to be from our very own Il Giardino Bar. The sweeping 180° panoramic view lets your see so many of the most famous city sights without even leaving the hotel. What’s more, the relaxed atmosphere, accompanied by one of our sunset-inspired cocktails, creates a truly magical aperitivo time. As day gently transforms into night and twinkling lights appear across the city, this view never fails to thrill me.

Cocktails and view of Rome for aperitivo time at Il Giardino Bar, Hotel Eden

Chat to our friendly concierge team for other enticing ways to make the most of your stay with us, or simply visit our top-floor bar and restaurants for our own amazing view of Rome.

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