Europe, Italy, Rome

Rome By Night

January 22, 2014

When I first went to Rome, we stayed with the Passionist Sisters who generously opened their house for us. As a result, we had to comply with their rules and be back in time for dinner, which was served at 7:30 PM. Although this gave us full days to walk through Rome, I still thought it was way too early to start leaving the city at 6:30 PM. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, I just absolutely love wandering a city at night, especially if said city is Rome.

So, when we re-visited Rome on our way to World Youth Day in Madrid, I forced my travel companions to come out and wander around the city in the evenings (thank you, ladies, for putting up with me!!). Rome is beautiful, wild, and frenzied under the sun, but it changes into a totally different character under the light of the moon: one that is both stunning and elegant. Take a look.

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi 

Or in English: Fountain of the Four Rivers.

Piazza Navona: Where the famous fountain is located.

Piazza Navona: Where the famous fountain is located.

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Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti

Or more famously known as the Spanish Steps.


The steps as seen from Piazza di Spagna


Fontana di Trevi 

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Il Vittoriano


Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore


What a beauty, huh? What do you think? Have you wandered through Rome (or any city, for that matter) when the sun sets? What’s your favourite evening city? I almost titled this post “Under the Roman Moon” (get it? It’s a spin-off from Under the Tuscan Sun, teehee!), but I decided against it because I thought it was way too cheesy, even for me.

P.s. All photos are taken by yours truly. On that note, if you’re on Instagram, let’s be friends!


  • Reply Rob @ Hungry Escapades January 26, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    I loved Rome when I went, your lovely photos bring back great memories! Thanks!

    • Reply Pauline January 29, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks, Rob! I’m glad Kellie is finally feeling better in Mexico! I can’t wait to read about your next adventures!

  • Reply Melissa February 4, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I wandered Rome by night a lot when I went there years ago. I preferred it as I was visiting during Easter weekend and it was nice to get away from all the crowds! Great photos.

    • Reply Pauline February 6, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Hey Melissa,

      Thanks!! I agree with the crowd aspect too. Although, I must admit, Rome is the ONLY city I can stand even with the crazy crowds. Ah!!

  • Reply Lisa March 14, 2014 at 9:09 am

    1. We saw a lot of those same places at night when we went.
    2. Piazza Navona is wonderful.
    3. I love that you’re using the proper Italian names for all the sites!

  • Reply Kainat March 18, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Reading your Italy posts in preparation for my trip in a couple of weeks! Love your writing and stunning pictures my friend.

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