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Snapshots Of Rome: A Photo Series

Next month, The Wanderblogger will celebrate its 5-year anniversary. Because I have an incredibly low threshold for date recollection before I reach full capacity, I don’t actually know the specific date, but hey, remembering the month and year is still doing pretty good! (That does not apply to our anniversary, Cory…) Since March of 2013, I’ve published over 350 posts, redesigned this space about 15 different times, and gone from writing 300-word posts to often more than 3,000 in a single article. A few things haven’t changed all that much, though. For instance, I still don’t have the first clue how to use social media successfully. (Like, none of it. But I’m not sure I even care.) And I still can’t let a good picture go unpublished, which explains why, after writing five other posts about this trip, I have yet another one for you today filled with several more of my favorite snapshots of Rome.

I was just beginning to practice street photography on this trip, and quickly determined if there was ever a good place to be a beginner at this sort of photography, it would be Rome. Between the tiny alleyways filled with color, character, and motorbikes and the vast supply of amazingly photogenic historic sights, it’s actually pretty difficult not to take good photos in Rome. In fact, I took so many good ones that I began to trick myself into thinking I was actually pretty good at this. Turns out, it was just Rome. :)

The following collection of snapshots of Rome were taken during our daily walks after we were done sightseeing for the day. I tend to take my best photos when I’m not focused on something else (e.g., getting from place to place), so I was really grateful we’d planned so much free time into our Rome itinerary. Not only did a less heavily-scheduled itinerary leave me with more opportunities for gelato breaks, it also meant I had proper time to go out specifically looking for creative shots, something I don’t usually get to do when we’re traveling.

It’s slightly embarrassing to admit this, but I found myself completely overwhelmed with happiness while we were in Rome. From watching the pope give a speech in St Peter’s Square while beautiful white birds flew over our heads in a cloudless sky to the simple act of enjoying a delicious slice of pizza that had achieved the perfect balance between crust and toppings, everything about this city just made me happy. I think it was that perpetual warm-fuzzy feeling combined with the magical qualities of Rome itself that turned my photos from this trip into some of my favorites taken to date. For this series, I tried to stick with a theme, so below you’ll find a few of my favorite street photography shots in Rome (and Vatican City). If you’re looking for photos of Rome’s famous sights and practical information to help you plan your own trip, just click on the guide below!

Related Post: 10 Things To Do On Your First Trip To Rome + Travel Tips

Snapshots Of Rome: A Photo Series

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Snapshots Of Rome: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Rome: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Rome: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Rome: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Rome: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Rome: A Photo Series

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Snapshots Of Rome: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Rome: A Photo Series

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Snapshots Of Rome: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Rome: A Photo Series

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Jordan Beck Wagner
    February 22, 2018 at 5:09 AM

    You’re inspiring me to finally go through all my Rome pictures from last June! I have around 500 and have barely touched them! :) And happy almost 5 years! I celebrate my blog’s 5th birthday this September! :)

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      Sarah Shumate
      February 22, 2018 at 6:24 PM

      I took pretty close to 500 photos in Rome, too! I normally try not to take so many, but it’s kind of impossible not to in Rome. :) And happy early blog anniversary to you as well! 2013 must have been a popular year to start a travel blog. I know quite a few people whose blogs are hitting the 5-year mark this year!

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    Amy | Waves + Roots
    February 22, 2018 at 9:00 AM

    I love these, Sarah. I think you captured the streets of Rome/Vatican City just perfectly, although I’m having a hard time believing you were “just beginning” street photography ;)

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      Sarah Shumate
      February 22, 2018 at 6:31 PM

      Haha! I swear, I was! :) Before this trip, I always felt so self-conscious taking my camera out when we weren’t around things most people were already taking photos of, and I worried people who happened to be in the shot would be upset if I took their photo, so I usually kept my camera tucked away. For whatever reason, I felt a little more confident in Rome, so I gave it a go! I’m pleased with how these turned out, but I think I’ll still be sticking to landscapes and nature. They never chastise me for taking their photo. ;)

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    Emma @ AdventuresofaLondonKiwi
    February 24, 2018 at 6:06 AM

    I adore how the smaller moments of a trip can make a traveller’s heart happy – and your photos are GLORIOUS!

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    Jules (Part-Time Passport)
    March 4, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    These photos are absolutely gorgeous, Sarah! Lovely article. Can you believe I live a 3 hour flight from Rome and have yet to visit!? Too much choice, this is the problem with living in Europe… (#firstworldproblems and all!)

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      Sarah Shumate
      March 4, 2018 at 6:43 PM

      Haha! I understand your dilemma. We faced the same one during the years we lived in the UK. Even if we’d lived there for 20 years, I still wouldn’t have been able to see all the places in Europe I wanted to!

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    Jessi @2feet1world
    March 12, 2018 at 11:57 AM

    Well I’m not sure it’s just Rome, given you are such a talented photographer – but I do agree these shots are beautiful! I particularly love the one of the man in the green shirt, and the last street shot. So many great details! My blog’s 5th birthday is next month… how time flies :)

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      Sarah Shumate
      March 12, 2018 at 9:29 PM

      Man, I know! We’re going to be old soon. ;)

      Thank you so much for your sweet compliments. You are TOO kind!

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    Steven on aFabulousTrip
    April 9, 2018 at 4:02 AM

    Very beautiful pictures , I can’t wait to visit Rome one day …

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    Beth
    April 17, 2018 at 2:51 PM

    We just returned a few days ago and I am still basking in the glow of that city. Thanks for your great posts, they helped me with my planning. I too had more time on this trip as we tried not to “overdoit” with three teens in tow, and I went out a few times to walk about solo with my camera. It was glorious. I adore this post, you captured Rome perfectly.

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      Sarah Shumate
      April 17, 2018 at 7:55 PM

      I am so happy to hear that my posts helped you plan your trip, and I’m even happier to hear you enjoyed Rome as much as we did! It is a magical city, and I’m glad you got some time on your own to go out for photo walks. I can only imagine what trying to take a walk with three teenagers would be like – ha! :)

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    Jossus Travelpics
    June 19, 2018 at 12:14 PM

    Great pictures. Rome is such a beautiful city, I`ve been there two times and wouldn`t mind to go back.

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