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Why Trevi Fountain might not be the ideal Choice for your Photoshoot in Rome

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The Trevi Fountain: a timeless icon, a symbol of Rome’s eternal beauty. But there’s a darker side to this baroque marvel that could make capturing the desired atmosphere in your photos quite challenging. If you’re planning a photoshoot in Rome, you might want to carefully consider before relying on the Trevi Fountain as your location. Here’s why.

1. Constant Crowds:

Waking up at sunrise to capture the Trevi Fountain may seem like a romantic idea, but unfortunately, you’re not the only one with that brilliant plan. From the early hours, the square is swarmed with tourists and photographers eager to capture the perfect shot. The result? A mass of people fills the background of your photos, making it difficult to achieve that intimate atmosphere you’re aiming for. It’s crucial to avoid later hours, especially after 8.30am, if you want to minimize the crowd interference in your shots.

Only with the help of a professional photographer who knows the best angles will you be able to have good results even with the crowd around you.


3. Maintenance and Closures:

Another factor to consider is the regular maintenance of the Trevi Fountain. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 am onwards, the fountain undergoes a cleaning operation that could disrupt your photoshoot. Additionally, during major events in the city or football matches, the Municipality and the police may decide to close all the fountains in Rome for safety reasons. This means you might find yourself with a suddenly inaccessible location.

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4. Challenging Lighting Conditions:

Another factor to consider is the challenging lighting conditions around the Trevi Fountain. While it’s true that the fountain is beautifully illuminated, especially in the evening, the harsh artificial lighting can pose difficulties for amateur photographers. The bright lights shining on the statues can create harsh shadows and overexposure, making it tricky to achieve well-balanced and aesthetically pleasing photos without the expertise of a professional photographer. Opting for alternative locations with more forgiving lighting conditions can result in better-quality photographs, even without professional assistance.



Breathtaking Alternatives:

Fortunately, Rome is a city rich in fountains and enchanting places that offer equally picturesque, if not more captivating, scenery. Consider, for example, the tranquil beauty of the Turtle Fountain in the Jewish Ghetto, or the grandeur of the Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona. These locations provide the opportunity to capture unique and spectacular photos, without the constant hustle and bustle of the Trevi Fountain.

Here are a few more alternative locations in Rome that could serve as beautiful settings for your photoshoot:

  1. The Fountain of the Turtles (Fontana delle Tartarughe): Situated in the heart of the Jewish Ghetto, this charming fountain is adorned with four bronze turtles supporting an upper basin. The quaint surroundings and the intricate details of the fountain make for enchanting photographs.
  2. The Fountain of the Tritons (Fontana dei Tritoni): Found in Piazza Bocca della Verità near the Tiber River, this fountain depicts Tritons, mythological sea gods, holding conch shells from which water spouts. The dynamic composition and the scenic backdrop of the river offer excellent photo opportunities.
  3. The Barcaccia Fountain (Fontana della Barcaccia): Situated at the foot of the Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna, the Barcaccia Fountain is a masterpiece of Baroque artistry. Designed by Pietro Bernini and his son, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, this fountain takes the form of a sinking boat, or “barcaccia,” from which water gently flows. The fountain’s unique design and its location amidst the bustling Spanish Steps make it a captivating subject for photographs. Capture the play of light and shadow on the water’s surface, or frame your shots with the iconic steps in the background for a quintessential Roman scene.
  4. The Fountain at the Pantheon (Fontana del Pantheon): Positioned in the picturesque Piazza della Rotonda, just in front of the magnificent Pantheon, this elegant fountain is a sight to behold. Designed by Giacomo Della Porta in 1575, the fountain features an ancient Egyptian obelisk surmounted by a dove, symbolizing the Holy Spirit. The water flows gracefully from the obelisk into a large basin below, creating a serene ambiance against the backdrop of the Pantheon’s iconic facade. Photographers can capture the interplay of light and water, framed by the grandeur of one of Rome’s most iconic landmarks, making it a compelling setting for memorable photoshoots.


If you’re looking for a romantic and intimate spot for your photos in Rome, it might be best to look beyond the Trevi Fountain. Explore the numerous alternatives that this city has to offer and discover hidden and charming corners that will allow you to capture the authentic essence of Rome without the hassle of crowds and sudden closures. Remember, Rome’s beauty lies in every corner, not just in its most famous landmarks 🙂


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