Rome is magical every minute of the day, but to me it is most special at night. After sunset, the tour groups disband, Romans start to reclaim the coffee shops and bars, and the piazzas fill with performers, lovers, artists and photographers. A relaxed vibe permeates the air. The tourists, who during the day are busy rushing from place to place trying to see it all, are now eating gelato and taking it easy. Candle lights flicker from sidewalk cafes and nearly every table seems to have wine.
Rome stays up late. Our first night in Rome, we ate a pizza at a sidewalk cafe; it was 12:30am. The pizzeria was aswirl with patrons, fashionable people paraded down the streets, and cars and scooters buzzed about. It was a Thursday night, yet it had the feel of a holiday weekend.
Night brings about drastic changes of pace. The Piazza del Campidoglio and Spanish Steps become eerily quiet and peaceful after being besieged by visitors all day.
Conversely, the Trevi Fountain is the scene of a nightly wrestling match as tourists shove and elbow their way to the front to take photos. People pose on the edge of the fountain, some needing 10 takes to get it just right, adjusting make-up and hair between shots. Some are content with a “selfie” while others make videos with IPads. People watching becomes more interesting than monument watching at the iconic fountain.
Rome at Night Photo Gallery