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The 17 Best Photo Spots in Rome

There is something absolutely magical about Rome that attracts every years millions and millions of tourists. It maybe be its romantic charm, rich history, or the incredible Italian food. But there is one thing for sure: Rome is undeniably one of the most photogenic destinations in the world! So wether you are a passionate photographer or just want to surprise your followers you will love these selection of the best photo spots in Rome!

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1. The Colosseum

The Colosseum is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world. And there are literally millions of visitors entering inside it years every year. But there is no need to enter inside to catch the perfect shot for your socials!

In fact there are plenty of perfect spots to photograph the Colosseum even from the outside (in this guide I’ll give you 9). The best to mention? The glimpse from Largo Gaetana Agnesi, or the scenic view from the temple of Venus, inside the Roman Forum Archaeological Park.

Even though, going to Rome without visiting the Colosseum is like eating Italian pasta without Parmigiano (you know what I mean! 😉 ). Do you need help to find the perfect Colosseum tickets/guided tour? I’ve got the perfect guide to help you choose the best solution.

2. The Roman Forum

The pulsing heart of ancient Rome, the Roman Forum and its archaeological park are among the most incredible and well preserved ruins in the world. Again if you want to save some money you can take some very good photos just by walking along via dei Fori Imperiali.

But once you are inside you can get lost between columns and ancient buildings, the wow effect is granted! And you can save money by buying a combined ticket for the Colosseum and the Roman Forums.

3. Arch of Constantine

The Arch of Constantine is strategically located between the archaeological ruins of the Palatine Hill and the Colosseum. Due to its location it gets very crowded. But early in the morning when the colors are still soft and reddish, you can take some beautiful photos of the Arch.

Depending on the orientation you can of course include the Colosseum in the frame as well. The arch is situated very close to the gates to enter the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Archaeological Park.

My advice: Plan your visit to the Colosseum first, then pass by the Arch of Constantine and continue your visit to the Palatine.

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4. Palatine Hill

The Palatine Hill is often overlooked by tourists visiting the Archaeological Park. That’s probably because of its elevate position. Although the view it has on the Roman Forum and ancient ruins will make you believe you used a time machine to go back in time.

You have the complete view of Via Nova with all the ancient buildings including Titus Arch. Sure they have suffered the test of time, but their condition is remarkable and makes it perfect for some of the best photos of Ancient Rome.

Note: to access the Palatine Hill you will need the ticket which includes the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

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5. Altare della Patria

Also known as Vittoriano, and Monument to Vittorio Emanuele (the first king of unified Italy), Altare della Patria is one of the most impressive monuments in Rome. On the inside you can visit an interesting museum about the late 19th century and the story of the Unification of Italy.

The perfect view of the Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland), is on the left side of Piazza Venezia, which faces the monument. There are many cars circulating but the avenue is very large and you can even step off from the sidewalk to take a better shot (please be careful to the cars!)

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6. Galleria Doria Pamphilj

Doria Pamphilj Gallery is an incredible art collection (and one of Rome’s hidden gems) that features some works of the most famous Renaissance and Baroque painters, like Caravaggio and Raphael.

Hosted in the family’s private palace, the interiors are worth visiting alone. The Baroque residence features some furniture that was preserved through the centuries. But the most surprising feature of the museum is the hall where many statues and paintings are, that strongly reminds the Hall of the Mirrors in Versailles.

Inside the museum you may sometimes spot artists at work to restore the paintings. Galleria Doria Pamphilj is indeed one of the most beautiful art collections in Rome!

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7. The Pantheon

The Pantheon is one of the oldest buildings in Rome. Built as a pagan temple it has been converted into a church since the 7th century.

If you are an early bird you can take some memorable pictures from the square in front of the Church. Fontana del Pantheon which is in the center of the square is one of the most beautiful fountains in Rome.

Since Summer ’23 you will need to pay a small fee to access the Pantheon. You can buy the tickets on getyourguide, they include an audioguide.

What to expect once you are on the inside? The circular structure is a triumph of different marbles and fine decorations. The aesthetic is mesmerizing, even if the light conditions may be less optimal for your photos.

8. Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is surrounded by magnificent Baroque architecture, including the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers at its center. But that’s not all! Piazza Navona is home to two other beautiful fountains, the Fontana del Moro and the Fontana del Nettuno. These fountains offer unique and picturesque subjects for photography.

One of the advantages of the square is that it’s so large that even in the most crowded summer months you can take some memorable pictures. Of course for some solo pictures you must privilege early in the morning or in the late afternoon.

Piazza Navona is also packed with bars and restaurants. I won’t recommend them for eating as they are pretty expensive comparing to other areas, but why not enjoy a fresh drink, or take a good breakfast?!

9. Galleria Sciarra

Unless you’ve seen it in pictures (and even so it will still be beautiful!), Galleria Sciarra catch you by surprise. You enter the hall and are welcomed by the intricate decors on the walls.

The gallery which had a practical function to connect the commissioners properties, is one of the most important art nouveau expressions in Rome.

The light conditions are of course lower than in outdoor places, but nothing your phone or camera can’t manage.

Sciarra Gallery is open from Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 6.30 PM.

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10. Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain is one of the most beautiful fountains in the world and probably one of the most iconic landmarks in Italy. The beautiful details of its Baroque decorations are a joy for the eyes and the camera.

The only technical difficulty when taking a picture of it, are the hundreds of people waiting to take the perfect shot as well. There aren’t many solutions, if you want the Baroque marvel all to yourself you will need to set an early wake up call and get there as soon as the sun is up. I’m talking about 6 – 7 AM.

Once the golden hour is gone so your opportunities for solo pictures. You are wondering how did I got this picture at 9 AM? The sides can be less photographed than the front, but that’s also luck! And I couldn’t take any frontal crowd free photo for the record.

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11. Spanish Steps

Would you like to reproduce the iconic photo of Audrey Hepburn graciously walking down the Spanish Steps in Roman Holidays? Then you already know our next stop!

The Spanish Steps are among the most iconic spots in Rome. Just think about the fashion show that takes place there. Without forgetting Via Condotti, one of Rome most hyped shopping streets.

Just like the above mentioned locations the Spanish steps get overcrowded. If you want the “I’ve got Rome all by my self” shot, get up early.

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12. Villa Borghese Gardens

The gardens of Villa Borghese are an oasis of calm inside the chaotic center of Rome. The lush greenery that transforms the park during spring and summer makes it the perfect backdrop for some stunning pictures.

But of course that’s not the only reason. Facing the small lake of Aescolapius, the temple which names the lake was built at the end of the 18th century in neoclassic style. If you are up for some sport you can also rent a small boat and row into the lake.

Another point of interest is the Villa Borghese and its impressive collection. If you are interested in history and art don’t miss the opportunity of visiting it.

And before leaving don’t forget to take a photo of the panoramic view from il Pincio terrace. Towering over Piazza del Popolo you have one of the most beautiful views of Rome.

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13. St. Peter’s Square and Basilica

The Vatican is a feast of marble and gold accents, a joy for the eyes. To take the most memorable photos just head over St. Peter’s Square, outside particular religious events the square isn’t crowded except for the barriers.

Even more stunning than the external facade, the Basilica’ interiors hit you with its grandiosity. Take a moment to admire the beautiful altar sculpted by Gianlorenzo Bernini and the incredible works of art that decor the interiors.

Would you like to take the views to another level? Climb up to the Cupolone, St. Peter’s Dome and be rewarded with a stunning view of the eternal city.

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14. Castel Sant’Angelo

Castel Sant’Angelo initially was built as Hadrian’s Mausoleum. But at the beginning of the 14th century the pope changed its structure and function into a castle. Nowadays the fortress has become a museum that if you have the time to visit it’s well worth it!

Do you want to take the perfect picture of Castel Sant’Angelo? The spot you are looking for is the bridge that welcomes the visitors to the fortress. The glimpse of the bridge decorated with the statues of 10 angels, with the fortress on the background is one of Rome’s most famous pictures.

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15. Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (Square Colosseum)

Have you ever heard of the Colosseum? Of course. But did you know about its cousin the Square Colosseum? Situated in the scenic neighborhood of the EUR, il Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (Palace of Italian Heritage), attracts architects and photographers alike because of its unusual aesthetic.

The location has been the set of many movies including Titus and Zoolander 2. Nowadays it has become the headquarters of the Italian fashion house Fendi. To take the perfect shot place yourself in front of the building from the stairs.

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16. Trastevere

Cobblestone narrow alleys? Vintage cars? Enchanting corners? You just landed in Trastevere, one of the loveliest neighborhoods in Rome. Good food and lovely backdrops makes of it a great destinations if you are looking to take good photos and chill after an intense day of exploration.

Some adresses you shouldn’t miss? The most picturesque are Ponte Sisto and Villa Sciarra, and also the streets around Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere.

17. Marble Stadium

60 marble statues, each 4 meters high, name and decor the marble stadium. The complex which clearly reminds ancient Rome’s architecture, was built during Mussolini’s government and is part of the Foro Italico, a huge complex of sport centers.

You can enter inside the stadium, although just mind to not disturb the athletes training. The Marbles’ Stadium is open daily from 8.30 AM to 8 PM. On Saturday it closes its doors at 6 PM, while Sunday opening time is from 9.30 AM to 1 PM.

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One last word about the best photo spots in Rome

Rome ever ceases to amaze. It’s alive and eternal, and there is always something new to discover. I’m sure this list will evolve and grow with each new visit I’ll have in Rome. but for now I hope you liked my selection of locations! If you need more inspiration don’t forget to check out our Lazio and Rome itineraries and guides!

We have a practical guide on how to see Rome’s main landmarks in a day, which includes many of the iconic locations listed above. And if you need help to find the perfect caption for your Instagram posts, check out our collection of puns, quotes and captions about Rome.

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Andenes Travel Guide to Vesteralen’s Northernmost City

Welcome to Andenes, a picturesque coastal town nestled in the Vesterålen archipelago of Norway. Known for its stunning natural beauty and unique wildlife encounters, Andenes offers a blend of pristine landscapes and exciting outdoor adventures. If you love the outdoors, you will be spoilt of choice of things to do in Andenes. So if you are seeking breathtaking vistas, thrilling marine experiences, or a serene escape into nature be ready to immerse yourself in the wonders of this enchanting destination.

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Things to do in Andenes

Take part in Whale Watching Expeditions

Andenes is one of the best places in the world for whale watching. Joining a whale safari to witness these gentle giants is one of the best things to do in Andenes! The different species you may see are sperm whales, orcas, and humpbacks, as they migrate through the Arctic waters.

Whale Safaris are an amazing experience, but before going take note of a few tips that will let you enjoy the tour:

  • Dress warmly and in layers. People traveling in Summer may think the weather will be temperate. Forget about that! Remember that you are out in the open and the winds may be strong and freezing. The tours are long so there may be moments where you will feel warmer, hence dress in layers.
  • Bring your seasick pills. Even if you don’t usually suffer from this, I strongly advise you to bring them. In many cases they will save your trip and let you enjoy the ride. Another option are seasickness bracelets also.
  • Be prepared to spend more time in the sea than you could wish for. Whale tours often have a 100% whale guarantee. That means that if you are unable to admire the cetaceans on your tour, you will either get a refund or the possibility to embark on another tour the following day. If you aren’t lucky and whales aren’t around, the “hunt” for whales could last long, sometimes even 6 hours or more. Just in case prepare a snack in the rare case the summer tour ends beyond restaurants and supermarket opening hours.

Climb on top of Andenes Lighthouse

Andenes Lighthouse is one of Andoya’s most famous landmarks. The 40 meters cast iron structure was completed in 1859 and until today it is one of the highest lighthouses in Norway and also one of the most visited.

To visit the lighthouse and benefit from an incredible view of Andenes and its surroundings, you will have to go to the neighboring Andøy Museum. The Museum features items from everyday life of the fishermen who live in Vesteralen and more generally in Arctic Norway, as well as historical objects. It also has a very nice shop where you can buy typical items, including reindeer, whale, and moose salami.

Note: the visit to the Andenes lighthouse is a must when in town, but if you suffer from vertigo you should consider not going because of the internal steps are quite steep.

Check out schedules and prices on their website.

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Discover the Andøya National Tourist Route

One of the most captivating experiences in Andenes is taking a scenic drive along the Andøya National Tourist Route. This breathtaking route spans approximately 58 kilometers (36 miles) and winds its way through some of the most stunning coastal landscapes in Norway.

One of the highlights of the Andøya National Tourist Route are the dramatic coastal cliffs that rise majestically from the sea, which are so typical in Northern Norway. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture the breathtaking views. You may take some awesome photos along the way, just remember to set your camera speed to at least 1/500. Keep an eye on the beautiful red fishermen cabins also known as rorbuers, and the panoramic points along the way.

The Andøya National Tourist Route runs all along the island and if you have the chance you might travel to both sides. Amazing beaches and dramatic cliffs are waiting along the way. Although there is a curios place to visit, one of the most expensive toilets in the world: Bukkekjerka.

This special toilet was very challenging to build as it’s on an irregular ground. The view is amazing and you can even walk around and join the small lighthouse a little further. Talking about a toilet with a view! If you are coming from Andenes it’s just a few minutes after Andøya Space Launchpad.

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Go Hiking in Måtind

Lace up your boots and embark on one of the most epic trails of your lifetime on Måtinden. The hike is considered one of the most beautiful in Vesteralen because of the panoramic view of the rugged coastline.

The hike itself isn’t particularly difficult, but wear adapted shoes as the ground is rocky. The distance is 3.6 kilometers and can be covered in a time lapse between 2 and a half and 4 hours.

Also wear warm clothes and bring a waterproof cloak as the weather changes rapidly and even in summer it can be windy on top. During summer the summit becomes a very popular campsite under the midnight sun.

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Relax at Bleik Beach

Bleik is a small fishing village in the North West of Andoya, nestled between the dramatic peaks of Bleik. What makes it stand out from the rest of the villages around is its pristine white sand beach.

Challenge yourself by taking a dip in the freezing waters (they are chill even in summer!) or simply enjoy a peaceful walk on the shore. Andoya island, and Vesteralen in general, are less touristy than Lofoten so you can enjoy some quiet time.

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Discover the Puffin Colony on Bleiksøya

If you are visiting Bleik in the right season (from mid-April to August) a puffin safari is a must activity! The area is full of sea birds including the magnificent sea eagles, that you can easily observe in Svolvaer, and of course puffins.

Rising about 500 meters from the coast, Bleiksøya Natural Reserve is a small island that welcomes many different species of sea birds. It’s also one of the best places in Norway to observe the puffin colonies and learn more about their habits. These cute little birds come on the coasts after spending the cold months into the open sea, to breed.

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Explore the Andøya Space Center

Embark on a journey of space exploration at Andøya Space Center in Andenes. The historic site has already launched several sounding rockets for scientific purposes and soon a new launchpad will welcome its first launch the provisional date is the end of 2023. When coming from Bleik you can see the new launchpad in construction.

If you are interested in learning more about Northern Lights and space exploration you can visit Spaceship Aurora their museum. With the different options for the tickets you can either visit the Northern Lights exhibit or embark on a Mars adventure (ideal especially for kids).

If you have the chance, the real game changer is attending a sounding rocket launch. To know about the upcoming events you can check out Andøya Space Twitter Page or contact them directly.

Personal note: Having worked 8 years at Guiana Space Center, I know a thing or two about Space Centers. So if you have visited other sites around the world you may be disappointed as Andøya is a small size launch base.

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Enjoy Local Cuisine

Norway is very expensive when it comes to food, but there are definitely some must-try when in Vesteralen. You don’t have to go to the restaurant every day but I’d definitely recommend to test the whale steak (it taste similarly to liver) and reindeer stew.

In Andenes there is a very good restaurant Dag Ivar Lund Lysthuset Sørvesten, although be prepared the owner isn’t very friendly! But the food is indeed delicious. If you have some space left after lunch try the S*x on the mountain dessert, it comes with a postcard that you have eaten it. It’s two balls of ice cream with a biscuit, quite explicit presentation also!

Another very good restaurant is Arrensten, the service is a bit slow but their Bacalao (stockfish) is excellent. Their desserts are also very good and there is a large choice.

When eating out, especially at dinner don’t forget to make a reservation before arriving. Restaurants gets packed pretty quickly and you may wait even several minutes before getting a table.

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The excellent whale steak.

When is the best time to visit?

The Andenes is a year-round destination, with each season offering its own unique charm. In the summer months, the route is bathed in the soft glow of the midnight sun, providing extended daylight hours to enjoy the scenic drive. In autumn, the landscape slightly change into red, orange, and gold nuances as the trees foliage changes.

Winter snow brings a magical atmosphere, with the possibility of witnessing the Northern Lights dancing across the night sky. This is honestly my favorite season to visit.

While late spring awakens the countryside after the snow is melted and returning migratory birds (like the adorable puffins!), adding a touch of vibrancy to the journey. Although if you want to admire the mighty see eagles the best season is winter as they are more active.

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How to Get to Andenes

On Andoya there is only one small airport which is in Andenes. Getting there from Oslo is very easy, you will have to change plane in Tromso but normally when booking flights on Wideroe or SAS the itinerary is automatically prepared for you.

Where to Stay

There a few hotels to choose from in Andenes, all quite simple and clean. We stayed in Marena. The rooms are correct size and the service is efficient. And it’s close to the lighthouse and the whale safari tours. Another great option is Grønnbuene Rorbu Hotel that is situated in the harbor.

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Grønnbuene Rorbu Hotel

How to move around

Vesteralen and Lofoten are perfect for a road trip. Renting a car is quite essential to enjoy the adventure at your pace. We rented with Discovercars, prices aren’t cheap but unfortunately due to the remoteness of the place there isn’t much of a choice, unless you go with you own car.

When renting a car to select Andenes airport look for Andoya Airport (ANX). Remember to be precise about the timing of your arrival, the airport is very small and there are a few cars, if you don’t reserve in advance you may remain stranded.

Adventure is awaiting you in Vesterålen!

Andenes is a hidden gem in the Norwegian wilderness, offering a wealth of unforgettable experiences for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Are you looking into planning a trip to Lofoten and Vesterålen? We have planned the perfect road trip to Lofoten. The best part? You can easily add a few more days on Andoya’s island, just like we did!

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Caorle Travel Guide, Venice Hidden Gem

Colorful houses, cute alleys, and nice beaches, Caorle is the sweet escape you didn’t know you need, just one hour away from Venice. This forgotten coastal town on the Adriatic Sea is a small jewel to discover away from the beaten path.

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Things to do in Caorle

Explore the Old Town

The old town has an enchanting and picturesque atmosphere. The narrow, winding streets are adorned with vibrant facades painted in pastel hues, creating a postcard-worthy backdrop at every turn. The town’s architecture reflects a mix of styles, ranging from Romanesque and Venetian Gothic to Renaissance influences, all blending harmoniously to create a unique aesthetic.

Caorle inhabitants are so careful to the aesthetic of their city that even the shop windows respect the harmony of colors. The result is a joy for the eyes! When exploring check out Rio Terra delle Botteghe (alley of the artisan shops), to find charming bars and restaurants.

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Visit St. Stephen Cathedral

One of the most prominent architectural gems in Caorle Old Town is St. Stephen Cathedral. The imposing Romanesque Church was built in the 11th century, and perfectly preserves paintings and frescoes that were added through the years. While visiting don’t miss out the Last Supper by Gregorio Lazzarini.

St. Stephen Cathedral is absolutely worth visiting also for another reason: the bell tower. From the height of its 42 meters the tower has an amazing view on the town and the sea. You can go to the highest point for a small fee.

Fun fact: the bell tower is slightly leaning, reminding Pisa’s Tower.

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Stroll to the Church of the Blessed Virgin of the Angel

Following the legend the statue of the Madonna was retrieved from the sea to decor the iconic church. Legend or not the small but charming Church is one of the most remarkable landmarks in Caorle.

Situated between the Old Town and the Eastern beaches, the bell tower was even used as a lighthouse in the past. Nowadays the Church welcome visitors and faithful alike.

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Admire the Creations of Scogliera Viva Festival

Every two years Caorle welcomes sculptors from all around the world to their Scogliera Viva Festival (translates as Live Reef). But why is this festival so special? Following the many editions through the years, the promenade has become an open air museum.

On the many rocks that protect the shore from the erosion and storms, the most famous sculptors from all around the world have left their marks to create beautiful works of art. The walk is very long and you can arrive to the Church of the Blessed Virgin of the Angel.

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Sunbath on Riviera Adriatica’s Beaches

Since the beginning of the 20th century Caorle has been one of the most appreciated coastal cities nearby Venice for enjoying the beach and sunbathing. The town has two large beaches: Spiaggia Levante (Eastern) and Spiaggia Ponente (Western).

Their gold and fine sand makes it perfect for sunbathing, careful on the hottest hours though, the sand becomes very hot! The beach is ideal for kids as the sea slopes very gently, this is common for the Italian beaches on the Adriatic Sea.

You can either rent a sunbed and umbrella or go with your towel for free. No matter the option you will choose you are sure to spend a lovely moment!

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Enjoy Aquafollie Water Park

Are you up to some Aquafun? Then Aquafollie Water Park is perfect for you! The complex has 6 adult slides and all the entertainment you need also for smaller children.

The park has also a wave pool and aerobics and aqua gym sessions. It also has a mini club service from 12 AM to 2 PM and a kids area designed specifically for the little ones.

If you are interested in visiting Aquafollie, reserve your tickets online to have a reduction.

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When is the best time to visit?

You can visit at every time of the year, but if you want to enjoy some beach-sun-sea time, of course, Summer months are the best. Keep in mind that that’s also the period with the most tourists, but of course the town is still completely enjoyable.

Where to stay in Caorle?

The town isn’t very large. But yet if you are planning to spend some time relaxing on the beach, you should be choosing one of the many hotels along the shore, that have also their private beach. Note: the access to their umbrella and sunbeds is often sold separately from the rooms. Check out directly with the hotel to learn more about their renting price.

If you want to treat yourself to an unforgettable stay, the Marco Polo Hotel is the right solution for you! Their rooftop pool is perfect for admiring the sunset and you can reserve for free the hotel’s bikes (upon availability).

A more budget friendly accommodation is the Erika Hotel, with your reservation you also have an umbrella and 2 sunbeds reserved. Their breakfast buffet is also excellent!

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Trattoria al Mare one of the excellent restaurants in Caorle.

Day trips from Caorle

Caorle is very close to Venice, in less than two hours you can reach the Floating City with public transports or in one hour with a taxi/car.

For an immersive adventure in the surrounding lagoon, check out Valle Vecchia (Old Valley) reserve. The beach is wilder than the others and the lagoon landscape is very different. Interested in discovering the Natural Reserve? This guided bike tour will let you discover all the lagoon’s secrets.

Discover an hidden gem nearby Venice

Prepare to be captivated by the enchantment of this Adriatic coastal town, Caorle is an ideal escape to relax for a few days. Are you planning a trip to Italy soon? Check out our itineraries and travel guides for planning the perfect trip.

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Things to do in La Spezia (that are not ONLY visiting Cinque Terre)

Whether you are exploring the Gulf of Poets on a cruise stop or on a road trip through Tuscany, there are plentiful of different things to do in La Spezia. From the charming villages of Cinque Terre to the off-the-beaten-path castle of Lerici, La Spezia has many incredible places that are within the one-two hours transfer from the city. Let’s see them!

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Learn about Italian Navy’s history at the Naval Museum

The Naval Museum of La Spezia, also known as Museo Tecnico Navale, is one of the most important naval museums in the world. Its incredible collection, that was started by the Savoia family at the end of the 16th century, heavily focuses on the technical equipment of the Italian Navy Special Forces (Marina Militare).

Situated nearby the city’s historic center, the Naval Museum occupies a building that was once a naval arsenal. The museum’s vast collection covers a wide range of naval subjects, including shipbuilding, naval architecture, naval warfare, exploration, and technology.

One of the highlights of the museum, is the collection of cannons, torpedoes, navigational instruments, uniforms, medals, and other objects that offer insight into the lives of sailors and the naval forces throughout history.

If you are lucky enough to visit during an open day, you may get to visit one of the Italian Navy’s ships! It’s an unforgettable experience both for adults and children.

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Visit the historic center and the Lia Museum

Take a stroll through La Spezia’s historic center to discover its charming streets, squares, and buildings. Go shopping along Via del Prione and remember to visit the beautiful Lia Museum. Featuring an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, and other objects the Lia Museum is a must visit when exploring the city’s center.

If you are coming from the cruise terminal or waterfront enjoy a walk under the portici along one of the main roads: Via Domenico Chiodo. You will arrive in Piazza Giuseppe Verdi, where there is a modern and very Instagrammable art installation.

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The architecture in the city center is also interesting for the Art Nouveau buildings.

Stroll through La Spezia’s waterfront and harbor

La Spezia largely developed when by the end of the 19th century it became the main center of the Italian Navy Special Forces. Nowadays the harbor is divided in two: the military part and the public part.

While access to the military side is forbidden, you can enjoy a walk through the public waterfront. There are bars and shops along the way, and nice gardens with carousels for kids. And one of the most important attractions: i grilli, literally crickets. These small tricycles are a classic along Viale Mazzini. If you find one at your size try them!

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Catch views in Castello San Giorgio

Perched on a hill overlooking the city, this imposing fortress dates back to the 13th century and stands as a testament to La Spezia’s rich history.

The castle’s strategic location offers beautiful panoramic views of the gulf and the surrounding hills. Inside the castle you will find an interesting archaeological collection that features 19 statue menhir. These mysterious statues from the copper and iron ages were found in Lunigiana nearby La Spezia.

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Hike nearby Porto Venere on Mountain Muzzerone

With the beautiful Apuanian Alps and Appenini around the corner there are many amazing hikes nearby La Spezia. But the closest and one that has the best views is the Muzzerone Trail.

The hike from the parking is only 30 minutes long, if you don’t stop along the way, and will bring you in Porto Venere’s center. There is also a road that in 15 minutes will lead you to a fort that was built at the end of the 19th century. The views are absolutely worth the detour!

Muzzerone is also known for its cliffs that are one of the most popular destinations in the area for climbers. If you would like to test yourself on this activity Explore-Share organises guided climbing of the area.

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Sail in the Gulf of Poets from La Spezia

Sailing in the Gulf of Poets offers the chance to appreciate the poetic landscapes that have inspired generations of artists and writers. Whether you are taking the ferry to Cinque Terre, Porto Venere, or simply enjoying a boat tour in the gulf, there are some incredible landscapes from the sea.

If you have the chance I highly recommend sunset tours or dinner boat tours, allowing you to enjoy the colors of the golden hour while tasting some excellent Italian food.

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view from Lerici castle of the Gulf of Poets.

Marvel at the beauty of Porto Venere

Just a short boat ride from La Spezia, Porto Venere is also known as the sixth of the Cinque Terre (Five lands). This picturesque town with colorful houses and a charming harbor is definitely worth a detour!

Porto Venere which translate as Venus Harbor, is a small town perched on a spur or rock on the sea. Explore the narrow medieval streets and visit the Church of San Lorenzo, also known as Santuario della Madonna Bianca (Sanctuary of the White Madonna). And enjoy breathtaking views from the Doria Castle.

If you are up for some kayak, don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the beautiful caves that are around the area. This guided excursion of about 3 hours, will let you explore the most famous caves like Byron’s Grotto, but also hidden gems.

If you prefer a more relaxed boat tour instead, take the chance to sail along the Palmaria and Tino islands. This 1 and a half hour boat tour is ideal to navigate around the small bays. A more luxurious option is the 5 hour sunset tour with an abundant aperitivo. Definitely worth if you aren’t on a tight schedule!

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view from La Palmaria of Porto Venere and the Gulf of Poets.

How to get there?

By Boat: One of the most scenic and enjoyable ways to reach Portovenere is by taking a boat. During the summer months, there are regular boat services that operate between La Spezia and Portovenere. You can catch a boat from La Spezia’s harbor area, near the city center. The boat ride offers breathtaking views of the coastline and takes approximately 20-30 minutes, depending on the sea conditions.

By Bus: Another option is to take a bus from La Spezia to Portovenere. Bus labeled “Portovenere” or “Linea 11P” are your go-to at La Spezia Centrale train station or at one of the various bus stops in the city. The bus ride takes approximately 30 minutes and follows a scenic route along the coast. Keep in mind that bus schedules may vary, so it’s advisable to check the timetable in advance.

By Car: The road from La Spezia to Porto Venere is approximately 15 kilometers (9 miles), and will take around 20 minutes. Take the SP530 road towards Porto Venere, and follow the signs. However, note that parking can be difficult in Portovenere, especially during peak tourist season. Alternative transportation methods are recommended.

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Torre Scuola in front of Porto Venere view from the boat.

Explore the enchanting town of Lerici

One of the many hidden gems on the Ligurian coast, Lerici is just a short distance (about 20 minutes by car) from La Spezia. Towering on a promontory over the sea, when arriving to Lerici you will be greeted by the majestic medieval castle.

The fortress rises at the entry of the bay and dominates the area. For an entrance fee (5€) you can visit the inside and climb to the top for a panoramic view of the bay and the Gulf of the Poets as well. The interiors were once home to a palaeontology museum that is now closed. Occasionally it hosts art exhibitions.

The town itself is a delightful maze of narrow streets, colorful houses, and quaint squares. Stroll along the promenade, lined with palm trees and dotted with outdoor cafes, and savor the serene beauty of the Ligurian coastline.

Are you up for some beach time? If you want to enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean there are many beaches nearby where you can sunbath.

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How to get there?

By Bus: The most convenient way to reach Lerici from La Spezia is by taking a bus. There are regular bus services that operate between La Spezia and Lerici. You can catch the bus from various stops within the city. Look for buses labeled “Lerici” or “Linea P.” The journey takes approximately 40 minutes, depending on traffic, and the buses provide a scenic route along the coast.

By Ferry: Another enjoyable way to reach Lerici is by taking a ferry. During the summer months, there are ferry services that connect La Spezia to Lerici and other nearby coastal towns. The ferry terminal is located in La Spezia’s harbor area.

By Car: If you are renting a car/have your own car, you can reach Lerici from La Spezia in 20 minutes. The distance between the two towns is approximately 10 kilometers (6 miles). Take the SS1 (Aurelia) road in the direction of Lerici and follow the signs. Keep in mind that parking in Lerici can be limited, especially during peak tourist season, so it’s advisable to arrive early or use public transportation if parking is a concern.

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Discover the marvelous Cinque Terre

As the Italian name says, Cinque Terre are five villages (literally five lands) perched on dramatic cliffs on the Ligurian Sea. The UNESCO World Heritage Site comprises Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.

Each village retains its distinct character and charm, with narrow streets, pastel-colored houses, and picturesque harbors. The rugged hiking trails that wind along the cliffs offer breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea, while the turquoise waters beckon visitors for a refreshing swim.

Cinque Terre are without a doubt one of the most scenic locations in Italy and every year they attract million tourists. One of the best ways to explore them is by taking the train day ticket from Trenitalia or a small group boat tour (of course not for the same budget) to explore the coast from the sea.

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Our pick for the boat tour?

For a more luxurious ride go with the 8 hour cruise on a small boat that will let you explore Cinque Terre but also Porto Venere, Lerici, and Tellaro.

To stay on a budget the ferry that connects La Spezia to Cinque Terre and Porto Venere is ideal to explore Vernazza and Monterosso on a 8 hours excursion.

How to get there?

By Train: The most popular and efficient way to travel from La Spezia to Cinque Terre is by train. La Spezia is a major transportation hub, and frequent regional trains run between La Spezia Centrale (the main train station) and the five villages of Cinque Terre. The train journey takes just a few minutes, with each village having its own dedicated stop along the scenic coastal railway line. Tickets can be purchased at the train station or online on Trenitalia website. Remember to validate them before boarding the train!

By Ferry: Another enjoyable way to reach Cinque Terre from La Spezia is by taking a ferry. During the tourist season, there are regular ferry services that operate between La Spezia and the villages of Cinque Terre. The journey takes a bit longer compared to the train but provides a unique perspective of the picturesque villages from the sea.

By Car: Even though it won’t be possible to drive inside the villages of Cinque Terre, there are parking facilities available outside the villages.

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One last word about the best things to do in La Spezia

When exploring the area many forget that are many things to do in La Spezia, and the city itself is a hidden gem on the Italian Riviera. From cultural discoveries to outdoor activities you will have plentiful of choice!

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The Ultimate Guide to the Most Instagrammable Places in Stockholm

Welcome to Stockholm, the enchanting capital of Sweden! From its vibrant waterfronts to its picturesque streets, there are so many incredible Stockholm photography spots you will not want to miss! So grab your camera and get ready to explore the most Instagrammable places in Stockholm, where beauty, culture, and creativity intertwine.

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Stockholm Metro Stations

Entry fee: Stockholm Travelcards

In Stockholm the metro system is much more than a mode of transportation. In reality, it’s also an underground art gallery that delights both locals and visitors.

Many of the metro stations feature captivating artwork, vibrant murals, and unique designs, adding a touch of creativity and color to the daily commute.

Among the most impressive stations to visit how not to mention T-Centralen, Solna Centrum, and Kungsträdgården?! But there are so many more to see!

In this detailed blog post, I’ve included the 13 most beautiful metro stations in Stockholm with pictures so that you can easily create your metro bucket list.

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Stortorget in Gamla Stan

Entry fee: free

Stortorget is the main square of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town. Among all the most iconic places in Stockholm this is probably the most evocative together with the Vasa Museum.

The colorful square will transport you back in time with its rich history and undeniable charm. As you step onto the cobblestone streets and admire the facades of the buildings, you will feel the enchant of the medieval atmosphere that permeates the square.

Although not all the buildings are medieval, the majority of them was built in the same architectural style, except of course for Stockholm Stock Exchange Building, that now host the Nobel Prize Museum.

The vibrant hues provide a stunning backdrop for your Instagram photos, especially when the sunlight casts a warm glow upon them. Whether you capture the square bustling with activity or find a quiet corner to showcase its timeless beauty, Stortorget is one of the most iconic photographic places in Stockholm.

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Prästgatan and Gamla Stan narrow streets

Entry fee: free

Exploring the narrow streets of Gamla Stan is like stepping into a fairytale. Among these charming alleys, Prästgatan stands out as a hidden gem that embodies the essence of Stockholm’s past.

The red, yellow, and orange medieval buildings, the ornate details adorning the doorways and windows. Everything remind of a past time. Well almost everything! Among the lovely bars and restaurants you will also find souvenirs shops.

The perfect place to take some photos while shopping at the same time. In the evening, the soft glow of lanterns illuminates Prästgatan, casting a magical ambiance that is simply irresistible.

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Monteliusvägen

Entry fee: free

Are you seeking breathtaking panoramic views of Stockholm? Then you will love Monteliusvägen! Perched atop the hill of Södermalm, this scenic walking path offers a stunning vista of the city’s skyline, stretching from the iconic spires of Gamla Stan and Riddarholmen to the serene waters of Lake Mälaren.

The 500 meters long panoramic walk features charming Swedish houses on one side and uninterrupted vistas on the other. Whether you choose to visit during the golden hour at sunrise or the enchanting twilight of sunset, the ever-changing light creates a magical ambiance that enhances the beauty of the landscape.

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Riddarholmen water front view

Entry fee: free

For an awe-inspiring panoramic view of Stockholm’s picturesque skyline, head to the East waterfront area of Riddarholmen. At the opposite of Gamla Stan the area has stunning views of Stockholm’s City Hall and Sodermalm.

After taking some shoots consider having lunch or dinner at the panoramic restaurant on board of the amazing Mälardrottningen Yatch Hotel. Mälardrottningen was also the hotel we choose for our Stockholm stay and I couldn’t be happier with our choice!

Weather you are going at the golden hour or during the day you are sure that you will have some incredible views in Riddarholmen.

the view of Sodermalm from Riddarholmen.

Stockholm City Hall

Entry fee (for entering): Guided tours – Stadshuset

Stockholm City Hall, known as Stadshuset, stands proudly on the waterfront of Kungsholmen Island. Besides being an iconic landmark Stockholm’s City Hall hosts also the prestigious Nobel Prize banquet.

While the interior boasts stunning mosaics, golden accents, and sweeping staircases, the exterior features ornate brickwork, arches, and sculptures.

You could either reserve a guided tour inside Stadshuset, or take some photos from Riddarholmen to photograph the whole majestic building.

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Hallwyl Museum

Entry fee: Admissions and tickets – Hallwylska museet

Wanna have a peak into the life of the rich society of Stockholm in the early 1900? Step into the Hallwyl Museum and be transported to a bygone era of opulence and luxury.

Housed inside a beautifully preserved building, this museum offers a glimpse into the extravagant lifestyle of a wealthy Stockholm family from the late 19th century.

The interiors are an incredible collection of ancient furniture and exquisite artwork. From the intricate details of the ornate ceilings to the rich textures of the tapestries, every corner of the Hallwyl Museum can become the ideal set for memorable photos.

Pro tip: if you can, dress with a dark cape like the personnel inside the museum. The “wow” effect on your pictures is guaranteed!

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Brunkeberg Tunnel

Entry fee: free

One of the most unique photo spots in Stockholm is the Brunkeberg Tunnel. This underground pedestrian passage is no ordinary walkway. Its sleek geometric design creates a futuristic and visually striking backdrop.

The tunnel’s colorful LED lights add an element of vibrancy and dynamism, transforming it into an otherworldly setting that is a true feast for the eyes.

Tips for visiting: Brunkeberg Tunnel has become very popular and you may find many tourists and people during the day. Try to go late in the afternoon as regular people have finished to work and there are also less tourists around.

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Stockholms Stadsbibliotek

Entry fee: free

There are many iconic buildings in Stockholm, Swedish design is absolutely top notch, but Stockholms Stadsbibliotek (City Library) is one of the most ideal for passionate photographers and Instagrammers.

Designed by the renowned architect Gunnar Asplund the library is a testament to modernist architecture. Its cylindrical shape and intricate facade, draw the eye, inviting you to capture the library’s unique blend of form and function.

As you explore the exterior, the play of light and shadows across the facade creates a dynamic interplay that adds depth and visual interest to your photos.

Stockholms Stadsbibliotek is a very popular photographic spot in Stockholm, nevertheless remember you are in a library and be respectful of people quietly studying and reading.

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Djurgården Blue Gate

Entry fee: free

As you make your way into Djurgården, from Swedish the Game Park, you’ll be greeted by a magnificent iron blue gate that serves as a gateway to the ancient kings park.

The grandeur of the gate is truly awe-inspiring, with its beautiful design and golden accents. After taking a shot or two don’t forget to admire Ostermalm’s waterfront.

Djurgården Blue Gate’s position is interesting also for another reason. In fact, it’s situated just a few minutes away from the amazing Vasa Museum and the beautiful Nordiska Museum’s exhibits. Don’t forget to visit them before leaving!

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Skansen

Entry fee: included in Go City Pass.

Nestled on Djurgården Island, Skansen is an enchanting open-air museum that brings Sweden’s cultural heritage to life. Spanning over 75 acres, this unique attraction showcases traditional Swedish houses, farms, and workshops from various regions of the country.

As you wander through Skansen, you’ll be transported back in time, immersing yourself in the customs, traditions, and crafts of Sweden’s past. The picturesque landscapes, lush gardens, and charming streets of this living museum provide an ideal backdrop for Instagram-worthy photos.

From capturing the intricate details of the historic buildings to posing with costumed actors, Skansen offers countless opportunities to capture the timeless beauty and cultural richness of Sweden.

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Fotografiska

Entry fee: included in Go City Pass.

Located in the heart of Stockholm, Fotografiska is much more than a museum, it’s a sensory experience. For art lovers and passionate about photography the museum is indeed very interesting.

The museum’s galleries are adorned with state-of-the-art lighting and carefully curated displays. From capturing the intricate details of thought-provoking photographs to framing the innovative installations that adorn the walls, Fotografiska offers endless opportunities to capture the beauty and creativity of the photographic art form.

Fotografiska hasn’t a permanent exhibition, but you can check out what’s on display and what will be in the future on their website: Welcome to Fotografiska Stockholm.

Note: The access to the museum from Slussen Metro Station is not easy to find. The metro station is currently under renovation. In the future it should be easier to get to the waterfront and Fotografiska entrance. The entry ticket is quite expensive (about 20€), you can save money thanks to the Go City Pass.

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Fjällgatan

Entry fee: free

Stockholm raises on archipelago, and for this reason it may look hilly. But there are a very few places that have Fjällgatan’s incredible view. This scenic overlook situated in the Södermalm district, offers one of the best panoramic views of the city’s islands.

When is the best time to visit? There are a few doubts that at dawn or sunset the warm colors of the sky, the shimmering lights of the cityscape, and the vast expanse of the archipelago create a picture-perfect setting.

Don’t forget to capture the charming wooden houses that line the streets and the verdant landscapes that surround the overlook, adding an extra layer of natural beauty to your Instagram feed.

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Avicii Arena

Entry fee: included in Go City Pass.

Situated a few minutes away from the city center, the Avicii Arena (formerly known as the Ericsson Globe) is an architectural marvel that offers a unique perspective on the city.

The white bubble is the largest spherical building on Earth and as you can imagine the view from the top is absolutely incredible! How to go on top? With the SkyView bubbles. These lifts that have the same round shape of the Arena will bring you on the top of the globe where you will see the most amazing views.

SkyView tickets are included in your Go City Pass. Although, if you are traveling during the high season and not convinced about buying the Go City Pass you can consider make the reservation and booking directly on their site: SkyView.

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Snösätra Graffiti Wall of Fame

Entry fee: free

It will take you about 40 minutes to get to Snösätra from the city center. But if you have the time, it’s absolutely worth it! The Snösätra Graffiti Wall of Fame is a paradise for street art enthusiasts.

This ever-evolving outdoor gallery is an explosion of creativity through vibrant murals and captivating graffiti pieces from local and international artists. From larger-than-life murals that depict intricate narratives to bold and expressive graffiti tags that showcase the individual styles of artists, Snösätra Graffiti Wall of Fame offers an endless array of Instagram-worthy shots.

Every visit to this dynamic art space is a unique experience, as new artworks replace old ones, ensuring that each snapshot captures a moment in time within the vibrant world of street art.

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Jumbo Stay Hotel

Entry fee: Check out offers and prices on Expedia and Booking

For an extraordinary and unforgettable Instagram-worthy experience, the Jumbo Stay Hotel, nearby Arlanda International Airport, will not disappoint you!

This one-of-a-kind accommodation is housed inside a converted Boeing 747 jumbo jet. From the moment you step on board, you’ll be amazed by the transformation of the airplane into a stylish and cozy hotel.

The Jumbo Stay offers a range of accommodations, including dormitory-style rooms, private cabins, and even a cockpit suite for aviation enthusiasts.

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One last word about the Most Instagrammable places in Stockholm

Stockholm is a city that knows how to make an impression, both through its stunning architecture and natural beauty. From the cobblestone streets of Gamla Stan to the captivating views at Monteliusvägen, this city offers many different activities to do and photography spots for breathtaking shots. So, pack your camera, and create your best memories in Stockholm most Instagrammable places. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #VisitStockholm to share your experiences with the world!

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Rome’s Aquatic Treasures: The Most Beautiful Fountains in Rome

Exploring the Eternal City of Rome is an awe-inspiring journey through history, art, and architectural marvels. Among its many treasures, the city boasts a remarkable collection of fountains that grace its squares, and gardens. From grand Baroque masterpieces to hidden gems tucked away in charming corners, Rome’s fountains are not merely functional water features but captivating works of art that embody the city’s rich heritage and artistic excellence. Join us as we delve into the stories and craftsmanship of the most beautiful fountains in Rome. Where mythological creatures come to life and ancient legends are immortalized.

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Did you know that Rome is the city with the highest quantity of fountains in the world? Even if most of them have not survived the test of time and are now in disuse.

Trevi Fountain: A Grand Marvel of Baroque Splendor

The Trevi Fountain stands as Rome’s most iconic fountain and a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. Its majestic scale, intricate sculptures, and dramatic backdrop of the Palazzo Poli make it a must-visit attraction. Tossing a coin into its crystal-clear waters ensures a return trip to Rome, perpetuating its status as a symbol of love and luck.

The centerpiece of this Baroque masterpiece is a colossal statue of Neptune, flanked by two Tritons as if emerging from the depths of the sea. Water cascades from rock formations, symbolizing the natural elements, while statues representing Abundance and Salubrity add to the fountain’s opulence.

Adorned with exquisite reliefs, the fountain’s facade depicts scenes from Roman mythology, evoking a sense of ancient tales brought to life. The Trevi Fountain’s allure reaches its pinnacle at night when it becomes a captivating spectacle, bathed in the soft light that accentuates the sculptural details and creates an almost ethereal atmosphere.

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Tossing three coins into the Trevi Fountain

The tradition of tossing three coins into the Trevi Fountain holds a special place in the hearts of visitors to Rome. It is believed that this ritual ensures a return to the Eternal City, grants good fortune and fulfills wishes. Here’s how the tradition works:

  1. Tossing the First Coin: When standing with your back to the fountain, you should use your right hand to throw the first coin over your left shoulder. This act is believed to guarantee your return to Rome in the future.
  2. Tossing the Second Coin: The second coin is thrown to seek love or romance. Again, standing with your back to the fountain, you would use your right hand to toss the coin over your left shoulder. It is said to enhance the chances of finding a romantic partner or strengthening an existing relationship.
  3. Tossing the Third Coin: The third coin is thrown to ensure good fortune and wishes to come true. Following the same ritual as before, you would toss the coin over your left shoulder using your right hand. It is believed that this gesture brings luck, success, and the realization of desires.

The coins collected from the fountain are regularly gathered and donated to charitable causes, providing an additional positive impact on the community. So, as you partake in this age-old tradition, you will not only “make your wishes come true” but also contribute to doing a good deed.

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Tips for visiting the Trevi Fountain

As one of Rome’s most iconic landmarks Trevi Fountain gets crowded, VERY crowded, almost every time of the year. If possible, avoid visiting during weekends and especially from 11 AM to 2 PM in the Summer months.

Wanna enjoy the Trevi Fountain all by yourself? Go early, at 6-7 AM, the colors will be better and you won’t have people around to take some memorable pictures.

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi: A Symbol of Global Harmony

The Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (which translates as Fountain of the Four Rivers), stands as a majestic masterpiece in the heart of Rome’s Piazza Navona. Designed by the renowned sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini, this magnificent fountain is a true testament to his artistic genius.

The centerpiece of the fountain is an imposing Egyptian obelisk rising high above, symbolizing the connection between ancient civilizations. Surrounding the obelisk are four colossal statues representing the major rivers of the continents known at the time: the Nile, Danube, Ganges, and Rio de la Plata.

Each statue is intricately carved, showcasing Bernini’s mastery in capturing dynamic movement and realistic expressions. Among the sculptures two deserve a special mention: the Nile is depicted with a veil over his face, as the river’s source was unknown at that time. While the Rio de la Plata is shown sitting on a pile of coins, representing the newfound wealth from the Americas.

Tips for visiting Piazza Navona

If it’s your first time in Rome, you probably don’t know this, but Piazza Navona is a tourist trap. Its shops and restaurants are more expensive than in other areas. Although it’s also understandable as having lunch or a cocktail in the iconic square has indeed a special feeling.

If you are willing to save money though, ditch Piazza Navona bars and restaurants to eat in Regola or Trastevere instead, both are a few minutes away. While in case the Roman Forum and Colosseum are your next stop, have a lunch break in the Monti neighborhood.

Fontana del Moro: A Captivating Encounter with Moorish Culture

The Fontana del Moro (Fountain of the Moor), is a captivating fountain nestled in the heart of Rome’s Piazza Navona. Designed by Giacomo della Porta in the late 16th century, this fountain’s allure lies in its unique portrayal of a Moorish figure engaged in a dramatic struggle with a dolphin.

The Fontana del Moro is not only a remarkable artistic creation but also a symbol of Rome’s historical connections with different cultures. The representation of the Moor pays homage to the city’s encounters with diverse civilizations and their contributions to its rich tapestry of art and history.

Over the centuries, the fountain has undergone several renovations and modifications. In the 17th century, Gian Lorenzo Bernini added four additional dolphins to the fountain, enhancing its aesthetic appeal and the playfulness of the water features.

Some history about Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is one of Rome’s most beautiful squares and a symbol of the wealth and power of the Pamphili family. Anciently Domiziano’s Stadium, between the 16th and 17th centuries the Pamphili family financed some monumental works that changed the aspect of the square.

Three fountains were added: Fontana del Moro, Fontana del Nettuno, and Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, but also the imposing Sant’Agnese in Agone Church and the majestic Palazzo Pamphili.

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Fontana delle Tartarughe: An Elegant Union of Art and Nature

The Fontana delle Tartarughe (Fountain of the Turtles), is a hidden gem nestled in the small Piazza Mattei. Designed by Taddeo Landini and completed by Giacomo della Porta in the 16th century, the Fontana delle Tartarughe is a delightfully whimsical creation. The fountain consists of a circular basin adorned with intricate carvings and a central pillar on which four bronze figures support a second basin, where the turtles are diving in.

What sets this fountain apart is its endearing backstory. Originally the statues were supporting dolphins. But a problem of water pressure forced to remove them. As the fountain now looked unbalanced, about 60 years after its completion the turtles made their appearance on the top basin, adding the unique feature that makes this fountain so iconic.

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Fontana del Pantheon: Celebrating Architectural Brilliance

The Fontana del Pantheon is a stunning architectural masterpiece located just a stone’s throw away from the iconic Pantheon in Rome. This elegant fountain, also known as the Fountain of the Pantheon Obelisk, perfectly complements the grandeur and magnificence of its neighboring ancient temple.

Designed by Giacomo Della Porta in the 16th century, the Fontana del Pantheon features a majestic obelisk towering above a polygonal basin. The obelisk itself is an ancient Egyptian relic, originally built during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II. Its inclusion in the fountain adds a sense of historical significance and a connection to the city’s past.

Tips when visiting

It would be a pity to visit the fountain without entering the Pantheon. Although, in recent years to they introduced a small fee to enter inside, but it’s still a 100% worth it! These tickets come also with an audio guide.

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Fontana dei Tritoni: An Artistic Triumph of Mythological Proportions

The Fontana dei Tritoni, or Fountain of the Tritons, is a captivating work of art located in the heart of Rome. Situated in the Piazza Barberini, this magnificent fountain serves as a stunning representation of the city’s artistic heritage and love for mythological themes.

The fountain features two powerful Triton figures, mythical sea creatures with the upper body of a man and the tail of a fish. These muscular beings are depicted in dramatic poses, supporting a large shell-shaped basin from which water cascades gracefully.

The fountain’s location in Piazza Barberini is also interesting. When the project was completed it received several critics due to the choice of the area that is often flooded by the Tiber. However, the presence of the Temples of Hercules Victor and Portunus in the background contributes to the charm of the fountain.

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Fontana delle Naiadi: Mythical Encounters in Modern Surroundings

The Fontana delle Naiadi, or Fountain of the Naiads, is a captivating and evocative fountain located in Rome’s Piazza della Repubblica. Designed by Mario Rutelli in the late 19th century, this fountain is a celebration of mythological beings known as Naiads, nymphs associated with water and natural springs.

The Fontana delle Naiadi is a harmonious blend of classical elements and Art Nouveau style. The fountain’s design incorporates intricate details, flowing lines, and a sense of fluidity that complements the theme of water. The combination of bronze, marble, and water creates a captivating visual display and a soothing atmosphere.

Fun fact about Fontana delle Naiadi

When the fountain was completed, the statues of the Naiads were considered too sensual, because of their poses and the reflections of the water on their bronze bodies. For many years the fountain was covered by a fence, until finally its official inauguration in 1901.

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Fontana della Barcaccia: A Delicate Symbol of Resilience

Fontana della Barcaccia (Fountain of the Old Boat), is a charming and iconic fountain nestled at the foot of the Spanish Steps in Rome. Designed by Pietro Bernini, the father of renowned sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini, this fountain carries a unique and captivating story.

The Fontana della Barcaccia takes the shape of a half-sunken boat, with water overflowing from its hull. According to the legend, during the Great Flood of the Tiber River in 1598, a small boat was left stranded at this very spot.

Following the commission by Pope Urbano VIII in 1627, Pietro Bernini created a fountain in its likeness. After the death of his father, Gian Lorenzo Bernini completed the fountain in 1629.

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Fontana delle Api: A Hidden Gem in Rome’s center

The Fontana delle Api (Fountain of the Bees), is a charming and lesser-known fountain tucked away in Rome’s Piazza Barberini. Designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the fountain’s name pays homage to the delightful addition of marble bees adorning its structure.

The fountain is made by a large scallop shell open that has on the inside 3 bees, the heraldic symbol of the Barberini family. Despite its modest size, the fountain’s artistry and historical significance make it a hidden gem worth discovering.

Fun(and tragic) fact about Fontana delle Api

When Bernini completed the fountain he made a Latin inscription carved on the fountain that mentioned ‘the twenty-second year of his pontificate.’ However, during the inauguration, there were still two months remaining until this anniversary.

This small discrepancy became the source of ridicule among the Romans. And a satirical remark captured the sentiment of the common people: ‘After having sucked the whole world dry, the Barberini now sought to suck even the essence of time!’

To quell the scandal, the Pope’s nephew, Cardinal Francesco Barberini, ordered the removal of the final “I” from the inscription. So that the inscription became ‘the twenty-first year of the pontificate.’ Omen of bad luck, Urban VIII, indeed, passed away shortly after, a mere eight days before reaching the completion of his twenty-two years in his papal reign.

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Fontana delle Rane: A Charming Tribute to Frogs

The Fontana delle Rane, or Fountain of the Frogs, is a delightful and whimsical fountain located in the heart of Rome’s Coppedé neighrborhood.

Designed by the Italian architect Gino Coppedé in 1924, the fountain features a circular basin adorned with four large frogs positioned on the rim. In addition to the four, eight smaller frogs spill water in an overhanging basin. The fountain which is in neo-baroque style is a celebration of Bernini’s fountains and notably the Fontana delle Tartarughe and delle Api. A large bee sits in the lower basin.

Fun fact about Fontana delle Rane

In 1965 The Beatles, who were singing in the Eternal City, ended up touring in Coppede area after their exhibitions. It was a very hot evening and after a few drinks, they went looking to refresh themselves inside Fontana delle Rane. La bella vita style!

Note: it is severely prohibited to bathe inside any of the fountains in Rome as they are historical monuments.

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Fontana delle Anfore: A Timeless Tribute to Roman Heritage

Testaccio, where Fontana delle Anfore stands, was once the economic center of ancient Rome. Ships carrying their precious cargoes of food, spices, wine, and oil were stocked there.

Due to the nature of the oil, amphorae that were used to transport the precious liquid, were thrown after their first utilization. That’s how through the centuries Mount Testaccio, an artificial hill of 36 made with the fragments of the amphorae, was born.

Following the institution of Testaccio as a Rione, in 1927 architect Pietro Lombardi created the Fontana delle Anfore. A tribute to the neighborhood’s past, the fountain is a pyramid of travertine amphorae, undoubtedly more resistant than clay.

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Fontana dell’Acqua Paola: A Majestic Vista Over the Eternal City

The Fontana dell’Acqua Paola, also known as Fontanone del Gianicolo, is a majestic fountain located on Janiculum Hill in Rome. Its construction was commissioned by Pope Paul V in the early 17th century to bring fresh water to the Trastevere and Borgo neighborhoods.

The structure of the fountain features a massive semicircular basin adorned with ornate carvings and sculptures. Even though there were previously 5 smaller basins situated under the columns. The fountain is crowned by a large stone emblem representing a dragon and an eagle. They are the symbol of the papal family: the Borghese.

Tips for visiting Fontana dell’Acqua Paola

The fountain’s strategic location on Janiculum Hill offers panoramic views of the city, and it may sound inviting to go there for observing the sunset and the city lights coming alive. But, if your schedule allows you, go at 11.30 to be ready to reach Piazza Garibaldi for the noon cannon.

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Fontana dei Dioscuri: Equestrian Elegance in Piazza del Quirinale

The Fontana dei Dioscuri is an iconic fountain located in Piazza del Quirinale in Rome. Designed by the Italian sculptor Domenico Fontana in the late 16th century, the fountain was again modified around 1782.

Who were the Dioscuri? From Greek sons of Zeus, the Dioscuri were Castor and Pollux. In the narrative they appear as two powerful warriors from Greek mythology, representing a symbol of strength and courage.

The Fontana dei Dioscuri serves as a focal point in the Piazza del Quirinale, where resides the President of the Italian Republic. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the fountain holds historical and symbolic significance. It pays homage to the Dioscuri, who were revered as protectors and patrons of Rome.

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Fontana dei Libri: A Literary Delight

The Fontana dei Libri (Fountain of the Books) is located on Via degli Staderari which was previously called Via dell’Università (Street of the University). The reason behind this is to pay tribute to the neaborhing University of La Sapienza.

The fountain is situated within a niche crowned by a rounded arch and features a deer head, a symbol of the S. Eustachio district. On the sides, there are four ancient books, two on each side. While water flows from two bookmark-shaped spouts on the upper volumes and from two additional spouts on the lower volumes, collecting in the semi-circular basin below.

Similarly to Fontana delle Anfore, Fontana dei Libri was built as a tribute to the ancient symbols of Rome’s districts throughout the city. The travertine composition was designed by architect Pietro Lombardi in 1927.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you drink the fountains’ water?

You’d better not! In fact, the water is recycled and it’s not purified. Although, you will notice many small fountains spread all over the city. Their water is potable, very fresh, and will save you some money. Just don’t drink the water from the monumental fountains.

Can you dip in the fountains in Rome?

Unless you are the Beatles (read Fontana delle Rane fun facts), or filming one of Federico Fellini’s movies, you cannot dip in the fountains. And if you try, you will get a salty fine or in some cases, you could get to jail.

Wanna learn more? Check out this guided tour

Interested in a guided tour of the most beautiful Fountains and Squares in Rome? With this two hours guided walking tour, you will learn many anecdotes and fun facts about Rome’s history.

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Grab your camera and go explore the most beautiful fountains in Rome

These twenty fountains in Rome showcase the city’s rich artistic and cultural heritage. Each fountain having its unique charm, whether it’s through intricate sculptures, mythological representations, historical significance, or serene natural surroundings. So grab your camera and go explore the Eternal City!

By the way, did you know that you can “conquer” Rome in a day? With this detailed itinerary (complete with a helpful map), you will be able to see Rome’s most iconic landmarks in a day! And in case you are planning to visit the Colosseum don’t forget to check out our helpful guide to book the tickets or guided tours.

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Lofoten Road Trip Itinerary (adaptable for Summer or Winter)

Known for its dramatic natural scenery and picturesque villages, Lofoten are one of the most famous archipelago in the world. A road trip to Lofoten is indeed one of the best way to explore the islands, and with five days, you can see some of the best sights the region has to offer. In this blog post, we’ll provide a detailed five-day Lofoten road trip itinerary, with suggested stops and activities for each day. If you are looking for the best places to sleep in Lofoten, check out our best rorbuer selection.

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Day 1 – Svolvaer

Morning – Sea Eagle Safari

On your first day, start your Lofoten road trip by embarking onboard a RIB sea eagle safari. The whole experience lasts about 3 hours, and will let you admire the beautiful white-tailed eagles as well as the incredible landscape of Trollfjord.

Wanna know more about a RIB sea eagle safari? Read our blog post about it! You can also book your experience choosing between Lofoten Explorer AS or Lofoten XX.

Note: Sea eagle safari are all year long but the best time for observing sea eagles is during winter when they are more active.

Do you like animal watching activities? In Andenes, about 2 hours from Svolvaer, you can take part to whale watching expeditions and puffin safari. It’s an incredible experience I highly recommend if you are considering of visiting Vesteralen too. Check out our guide about Andenes where you can learn more about these activities.

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Afternoon – Exploring Svolvaer (option 1)

In the afternoon depending on the time you are visiting you have two alternatives.

During Winter, spend some time exploring Svolvaer. Take a stroll along the waterfront, and try some fresh seafood at one of the local restaurants. After your meal you can go to Kuba, one of Svolvaer’s islands. Why Kuba is so special? Because of the ruins of WWII bunkers and other small military buildings. On Kuba you will also find Fiskerkona. The statue of a woman waving to the sea, an important tribute to all the fishermen going in the cold Norwegian Sea. Kuba is also one of the best spots to admire the sunset in the Winter months.

Another option is visiting the Magic Ice bar. Be aware of the price, 25 € / par person for the entry and a welcome drink. You will see that Norwegian prices are quite expensive but honestly I would keep this activity as the last resource in your list.

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Afternoon – Svolværgeita hike (option 2)

During Summer, one of the most epic activities you can do in Lofoten is hiking to Svolværgeita which translates as Svolvaer’s goat. This 150 meters pinnacle has two “horns” that you can achieve after a 4 to 5 hours climb. The climb is quite easy even for beginners, but it’s not for the feint of heart as the final meters you will have to climb into the void.

If you are interested in this experience check out Northern Alpine Guides. As they say in their website they can get everyone on top, even non-expert travelers!

Evening – in Svolvaer

There are many restaurants in Svolvaer if you want to try local food. If you are staying in a Rorbuer a budget-friendly solution is shopping in one of the city’s supermarket, like Kiwi and cook inside the fishermen’s cabins. We did that ourselves almost every evening as Norway can be VERY expensive.

Our pick in Svolvaer: Svinøya Rorbuer.

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Day 2 – The beaches of Vestvågøya

Morning – Kabelvåg

Leave Svolvaer direction to the South, for those who are traveling in Winter consider a stop at Kabelvåg and its Lofotmuseet, or to one of the many art galleries on the way. The Lofoten’s main road is one of the most scenic you will ever have the chance to drive so take your time to stop and enjoy the many panoramic points on the way.

At noon you can eat in Leknes before heading to the North of Vestvågøya. Leknes is a medium size town (Lofoten metric) where there is one of my favorite restaurants, the DIGG. For a rather honest amount of NOK, DIGG is one of the less expensive restaurants around, you can eat their excellent focaccia or taco, filled with local seafood or other meats (vegetarian options are also available). The staff is also very lovely and kind. We went there twice!

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One of Lofoten’s “boring” landscapes along the road.

Afternoon – Vestvågøya northern beaches

The landscapes are incredible all around Lofoten but the beaches in Vestvågøya are truly special and you can easily spend the afternoon walking on the beach and admiring the panorama. There are three beaches especially that you should explore:

  • Hauklandstranda is the closest to Leknes among the three. It’s also the less exposed to the wind as it’s inside a small bay surrounded by high peaks. During Summer there is a small fee for the parking and toilets. Before arriving you will see on your right a cemetery on a hill. During Winter when the white snow covers everything the whole place become surreal.
  • Uttakleiv is on the other side of the mountain, you pass under a tunnel and there you land in a pristine landscape of turquoise waters. To access to the parking of the beach you will have to pay a small fee. In the Summer there is a beautiful hike to the top of Mannen Mountain. While during the Winter you can walk from Hauklanstranda to Uttakleiv along the coast. Note that Hauklanstranda’s parking fee is cheeper.
  • Unstad is a small village that has a beautiful beach, that is on the bucket list of many surfers. There is a paying parking where you can stop. There is an expert trail that connects Unstad to Eggum, but if you aren’t an expert hiker it’s not recommended.
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Distances in Lofoten aren’t long and you can easily get from one beach to another while enjoying amazing landscapes, but if you are visiting in Winter, be aware that sometimes due to the bad weather conditions the small roads that lead to the beaches may be closed.

Evening – in Ballstad

Ballstad is a lovely fishermen’s town where you will see many fish dryers for cod along the harbor area. The town as a fairy vibe very similar to Reine, especially in Winter. It’s indeed a very cute location to spend the night while admiring the sky looking for the Northern Lights or enjoying the Midnight Sun.

Our pick in Ballstad: Solsiden Brygge.

Day 3 – Flakstadoya

Morning – Buskenes Kirche, Myrland, and Vikten

Hit the road direction Flakstadoya, the next Island to explore. But before stop for a few minutes to the picturesque Buskenes Kirche. This beautiful red church that dominates the park is very cute to see.

Myrland and Vikten are the first beaches you will find once you have crossed the underwater tunnel to Flakstadoya. Both beaches are very small but beautiful to see! If you are traveling during Summer you should consider picnicking on the beach. In Winter the temperatures are very cold as they are very exposed to the Atlantic breeze.

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Afternoon – Ramberg, and Skagsanden

After lunch break your next stop is Ramberg. This small village is one of the most photographed spots in Lofoten. Why? Because of the iconic red house on the beach. There is a small free parking where you can stop and enjoy a walk on the beach.

Our next stop is Skagsanden, take the road on the way back, as you were going to Svolvaer and stop by Skagsanden. This small village is remarkable for two reasons, the beautiful beach (I hope you are not getting tired of hearing that!) and Flakstad Kirche. A small church that I recommend visiting for it’s typical architecture.

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Evening – Nusfjord

Nusfjord is a very secluded village, it was reachable only by boat until recent years, that has become an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1975. There are several historical buildings that you can visit while wandering among the narrow alleys.

Unfortunately due to mass tourism during Summer the village gets very crowded, in order to regulate tourism an entry fee is applied (only in the Summer months at the moment).

Nusfjord is a must visit in Lofoten and to enjoy the atmosphere of the village even more I recommend spending the night there. You have two options: Lofoten Cottages or Nusfjord Arctic Resort. Both accommodations are in traditional fishermen’s cabins with the Arctic Resort being more luxurious.

To learn more about Nusfjord check our travel guide.

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Day 4 – Nusfjord, Kvalvika (in Summer) and Reine

Morning – Nusfjord Open Air Museum

Nusfjord is a real charmer and exploring its ancient buildings and alleys is an amazing discover. In the Winter if the snow isn’t too high you can also walk to the lighthouse that is at the entry of the bay. While in Summer you could even start the panoramic trail that goes to Nesland. It takes about 3 to 4 hours to complete, so in case this is on you to do list, start early in the morning to have enough time to explore the village as well.

Before leaving Nusfjord eat at one of the restaurants inside the village. We ate a sandwich inside the excellent Landhandleriet Café. Their smoked salmon focaccia was one of the best meals we had in our entire trip!

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Afternoon – Fredvang bridges and Kvalvika (Summer) or Yttersand (Winter)

Landscapes in Norway are mostly natural, with the rorbuers as lonely witnesses of human presence. Fredvang bridges are an exception. The two bridges connecting Ramberg to Fredvang are an exceptional addition in the already spectacular landscape. And driving on them is an experience too! There are two view points where you can stop to take pictures and admire the sight.

After crossing the bridges you have two options depending on the season you are visiting:

  • In Summer I’d recommend starting the 1 hour trail to Kvalvika.
  • In Winter Yttesand is a better option because of the snow on Kvalvika trail.
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Evening – Hamnoy and Reine

Take the road back to Fredvang bridges and take the main road (E10) to Reine. Before arriving you will drive through Lofoten’s most famous landmark: Hamnoy’s fishermen cabins. Cross the bridge and you will see the small rorbuers on your right. There is a parking right after the bridge, park there and head back to the bridge for some memorable photos!

Pro tip: coming from the parking there is a short road portion without sidewalk. Cross it (of course check if big trucks are coming before!) to be sure to admire the beautiful view from all sides. The bridge has alternate circulation.

After Hamnoy bridge continue to Sakrisøy where you will see another iconic spot: the yellow Rorbuer. This iconic yellow hut has become one of Norway’s most Instagrammable spot since it was featured on Accidentally Wes Anderson.

End your itinerary in Reine, one of the most beautiful town in Lofoten. The town is on a narrow land that stretch between the open sea and the bay. There are some incredible views worth of the most beautiful landscapes. If you still have energies start a walk to the small lighthouse at the entry of the bay, the views are a 100% worth it!

Our pick in Reine: Reine Rorbuer by Classic Norway.

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Day 5 – Reinebringen (Summer), Å and Henningsvær

Morning – Reinebringen and Å (option 1)

Stretch your legs from your night with the panoramic hike on top of Reinebringen. This intense (medium to expert level) hike will bring Reine to your feet after a 3 hours (round trip) trail. This hike is definitely one of the most beautiful in Lofoten and if you have the time and the weathers allow it, you should do it!

You can do the Reinebringen hike both in Summer and Winter but of course with snow the path become slippery and it’s more difficult to follow the trail.

Next stop after the hike or first stop if you decide not to go, will be Å. Å is the most southern village in Lofoten. Just like the rest of Lofoten their economy revolves on fishing. For this reason it won’t surprise you to see the Lofoten Stockfish Museum as well as the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum.

You can visit both but I’d recommend especially touring the traditional buildings of the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum. You can tour them on your own from the outside, or for about 12 € you can explore the buildings inside.

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Morning – Bunes Beach (option 2)

Bunes beach is a small piece of Paradise you can achieve only by boat from Reine. If you are traveling during the Summer months booking in advance (ideally 2 or 3 days before) your place on the boat is mandatory as it gets fully booked very fast. Check out the ferry tickets -> Booking reisnordland.no. Vindstad hurtigbåtkai is your stop.

Once you arrive at the harbor you will have a 30 – 40 minutes hike to the beach which is on the other side. The landscapes are pristine and wild. It’s indeed an interesting option if you are not interesting to explore Å.

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Afternoon – The way back to Henningsvær

On optimal weather conditions the way back to Henningsvær should take you about 2 hours from Å. With a short stop to Sakrisøy island to eat at the iconic Anita’s Seafood, you will be in Henningsvær in the middle of the afternoon.

Also known as Norway’s Venice Henningsvær is a picturesque fishing village with charming houses and a stunning mountain backdrop. The village is set on an archipelago of small islands connected by several bridges.

Since the widespread use of drones, the fishing village has become worldwide known because of its soccer field which occupies almost the whole size of the island where its built. On this same island you will find also many stockfish dryers, a lighthouse, and a beautiful view of the town.

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Evening – Henningsvær

Depending on your flight schedule you could also get back to Svolvaer on your last day in Lofoten. But I’d recommend spending the night in Henningsvær to enjoy the landscapes with the soft light of the dawn.

Our pick in Henningsvær: Henningsvær Rorbuer.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lofoten

How to get to Lofoten?

By plane

There are two airports: Svolvaer and Leknes. We chose Svolvaer because we continued our road trip to Vesteralen islands. In addition to that, landing in Svolvaer will let you see all the islands and villages without passing too many times by Leknes which is in the center of the archipelago.

Note that distances are very short in Lofoten, so there isn’t really a big different between the two airports.

By boat

The best solution is to take the ferry from Bodø to Moskenes. The duration is about 3 hours and you will be ready to explore Lofoten starting from the South. If you choose this option consider starting the road trip itinerary from day 5 (exploring Å) and then go up from the itinerary during day 4, etc…

Check out the ferry schedule, prices, and make your reservation on Reis Nordland.

When is the best time to travel to Lofoten?

It depends of what type of traveler you are. Outdoor lovers and hikers should visit during Summer, when the sun never goes down, the temperatures are ideal for hiking, and there is no snow on the trails.

Ask me when you should visit and I’ll tell you there is no best season than Winter. I know the polar temperatures are scary, but with the right warm clothes (invest on your wardrobe) you won’t even suffer cold too much. And the landscapes are, well, there are no words to describe it. Magical? Fairy? The snow covers everything with its candid cloth making the landscapes even more dramatic.

And then you have the Northern lights! I mean, can it get any better than this?

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When is the best time to see the Northern Lights in Lofoten?

Northern lights in Lofoten can be seen during Winter, but also in late Autumn or early Spring. In fact to see the Northern lights you will need a cloudless dark sky and solar activity. The best moments to see the Northern lights are in December and January. Although as the daylight last for a very short amount of time it’s preferable to travel there in November or February/March.

Unfortunately even if you travel in these months you have no guarantee to see them. Bad weather or the solar activity may not align for the time you are traveling to Lofoten meaning you won’t see any Aurora Borealis.

One last word about our Lofoten Road Trip Itinerary

A road trip to Lofoten is a truly unforgettable experience, with its breathtaking natural scenery and charming villages. If you are inspired (and have the budget!) to stay more and do all the options 1 and 2 of our Lofoten road trip itinerary, I highly advise doing so. There are endless options for every type of traveler in Lofoten. Yes, even for art lovers with the many art galleries! So grab your passport and go enjoy Lofoten! For more travel inspiration from Norway and Lofoten check out our Norway page.

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The complete guide to Castell’Arquato (things to do and see)

Located in Emilia-Romagna one of Italy’s central regions, Castell’Arquato is a charming medieval town that is worth exploring when wandering in Piacenza, or (why not?!) as a day trip from Milan. The town is situated on a hilltop surrounded by stunning landscapes, making it an ideal place for a relaxing getaway. Castell’Arquato is considered one of Italy’s most beautiful villages and is included in our itinerary of the 13 most beautiful villages and towns in Emilia Romagna.

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What to see in Castell’Arquato

Castell’Arquato’s old town is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Italy. Some of the town’s architecture dates back to the 8th century and boasts narrow streets, cobblestoned alleys, and ancient buildings. Walking through the old town is like taking a trip back in time.

The Visconti Fortress

La Fortezza Viscontea is an imposing fortress built in the 14th century and dominated by an impressive 42 meters keep. You can visit the interior of the fortress and get to the tower’s top for the best views of the city.

While climbing up to the keep’s steps (there are a lot!), you will notice small rooms on both sides of the stairs, that’s where you can learn about how life was in the Middle Ages in the Po’ valley.

Before continuing the old town’s exploration, stop by the beautiful small garden at your left when exiting the fortress. The view from the terrace is very nice, and there are a few benches in the shadow of tall pine trees.

Did you know? Visconti Fortress was the set of the movie Ladyhawke.

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Palazzo del Podestà (Podestà Palace)

But first who was the Podestà? According to Wikipedia, the Podestà was the name given to the holder of the highest civil office in the government of the cities of Central and Northern Italy during the Late Middle Ages.

So the Podestà was still subject to a lord. And it was Alberto Scotti, lord of Piacenza who commanded the construction of the palace at the end of the 13th century. Today the palace regularly hosts exhibitions.

The Church of Santa Maria Assunta

Be sure to visit the Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta, a Romanesque-style church that was built in the 12th century. The church features beautiful frescoes and is a testament to the town’s rich history. There is also a small museum that displays religious relics.

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Geology Museum G. Cortesi

It may seem weird to host a geology museum in a rather plain area. But if you go back in time to some million years ago, the Po valley was covered by the sea. Witnesses from that period, several fossils were found in the area and are now on display at G. Cortesi Museum.

There is a small entry fee of 3,50€ to enter the collection. You can find more information and check the museum schedule on their website Museo Geologico G. Cortesi (the access information is only in Italian)

How to arrive?

The town arise on the hills between Piacenza and Parma. Getting there will take about 40 minutes from both locations. While it stands about 1 hour and a half from Milan.

The easiest way to arrive is by renting a car at your arrival airport. The closest international airport is Milano Malpensa, but if you can fly to Parma or Linate you will be closer. For the best deals and offers check discover cars or rental cars.

Podestà Palace in Castell’Arquato.

From Milan by car

Take the A1 highway to Parma. Exit at Fiorenzuola and take SP462R, then the SS9 direction Castell’Arquato. It’s about 15 minutes once you have exited the highway.

By public transport (train + bus)

Take the train to Fiorenzuola station. Once you arrive, take the bus E43. It’s a 30-minute ride. Note that the schedule variates during the weekends. You can check out the bus schedules here.

How long does it take to explore Castell’Arquato?

It depends on your pace, but I’d say in half a day you will have explored all the main towns sights. What’s exciting about the area is that there are so many hidden gems (small towns and villages) to discover. The icing on the cake? Piacenza’s cuisine is the best in the world! And believe me, it costs me a lot to admit this as a Tuscan native who married a Piacentino.

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Things to see nearby the town

Castell’Arquato is surrounded by stunning landscapes that are worth exploring too. A few minutes away there is Monte Moria Regional Park, a nature reserve that is home to several species of flora and fauna.

Just 20 minutes away you should visit the nearby castle of Vigoleno. A charming fortified village that has been famous since Roman times for the quality of its precious wines. Did you know you can also sleep in Vigoleno Castle?! It’s also one of the most incredible accommodations to spend a special night in Emilia Romagna’s hills. Check out Vigoleno Castle prices here.

Where (and what) to eat in Castell’Arquato?

Emilia-Romagna is known for its delicious cuisine, and Castell’Arquato is no exception. The town is home to several restaurants (among the best check out Stradivarius) that serve traditional dishes such as tortelli di ricotta e spinaci (ricotta and spinach tortelli), you can also try them with a zucca (pumpkin) filling instead, and pisarei e fasò (gnocchi with beans).

My pick? Go for Tortelli Ricotta e Spinaci, seriously if I could I’d eat them every day!

The area is also famous for its wine production, particularly Gutturnio, a red wine that is produced locally. If you prefer sweeter and less strong wines taste Bonarda instead.

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Where to stay?

As it is a small town, the prices may be higher than in larger cities, you will also have fewer choices. In general, I’d recommend sleeping in Piacenza or Parma instead. but you can still check out the best accommodations on booking.

If you are in for a treat spend a night in the above-mentioned Vigoleno Castle or the neighboring Locanda di Grazzano Visconti. You will have the feeling of going back in time!

Come discover one of the most enchanting towns in Italy

Get off the beaten path and explore one of Italy’s most beautiful towns. With its charming alleys and majestic Medieval architecture, Castell’Arquato will not disappoint you! And if you are looking for more hidden gems in Emilia Romagna, don’t forget to read the 13 best villages and towns in Emilia Romagna next.

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The ultimate Stockholm in 3 days itinerary (adaptable for Summer and Winter)

Stockholm is one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe, a bustling city that is rich in history and culture. This itinerary is perfect for those who are short on time but still want to see the best the city has to offer. From exploring the charming streets of Gamla Stan to visiting the Vasa Museum and taking a boat tour of the Stockholm Archipelago, this Stockholm in 3 days itinerary will help you make the most of your time in the city. So pack your bags, and let’s explore together!

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Before planning your itinerary don’t forget to check the museum’s schedules!

Day 1 – Gamla Stan and Norrmalm district

Morning, Noon – Exploring Gamla Stan

Start your first day by exploring the Old Town also known as Gamla Stan, one of the most Instagrammable areas of the city. Take a stroll through the cobbled streets and admire the colorful buildings, small shops, and cozy cafes. When you are in Stortorget take the chance to visit the Nobel Prize Museum, to learn more about some of the most brilliant minds of the last century.

If you want to learn more about the Old Town’s past, the Tre Kronor Museum is really interesting for that. It focuses on the evolution of Stockholm through its most emblematic location: Tre Kronor Castle (Three Crowns Castle). The palace was completely burned down in 1697. From its ashes, the actual Royal Palace was inaugurated in 1754.

The entry ticket to Tre Kronor is included in the Royal Apartments ticket, a must when visiting Gamla Stan. The Royal Palace is one of the largest palaces in Europe and the official residence of the Swedish royal family. It has several museums and galleries that display art, armor, and other historic artifacts. Don’t miss the Changing of the Guard ceremony that takes place every day at noon.

Wanna know more about Gamla Stan? In this self-guided tour of about 6 hours, I crafted the ideal itinerary to discover the Old Town’s gems (including the hidden ones) by yourself. It also has the useful step-by-step map I used to explore Gamla Stan.

Inside the interactive Nobel Prize Museum.

Afternoon – Visit Norrmalm district (Kungsträdgården and Hallwyl Museum)

After the visit to the Royal Palace, cross Norrbro Bridge to have a glimpse of the beautiful Swedish Parliament and head towards Norrmalm. The district is home to many of the city’s main shopping streets, including the popular pedestrian street of Drottninggatan. Here, you’ll find a variety of shops and department stores, as well as restaurants and cafes.

You could indulge in some shopping time in Norrmalm, but I highly recommend you to visit one of the most beautiful museums in Stockholm: the Hallwyl Museum. Step into the portal of an ancient 19th-century building and travel back in time to a hundred years ago. Featuring ancient objects and furniture, the museum is a showcase of nobility’s everyday life in the early 20th century.

Before heading back to your hotel or restaurant, jump on Kungsträdgården Metro Station and discover the most beautiful Stockholm metro stations on the red line.

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Evening – Soak in Stockholm’s nightlife at Södermalm

In the evening, head to the trendy district of Södermalm, which is known for its vibrant nightlife, restaurants, and bars. Grab a drink at one of the many rooftop bars and enjoy the stunning views of the city.

My pick? Fotografiska rooftop restaurant. Without a doubt, Fotografiska is one of the coolest art galleries in Stockholm. Featuring temporary exhibitions of some of the most famous and influential photographers and artists of our time. It’s absolutely worth visiting as a museum, and their restaurant is excellent, with locally grown food and a nice rooftop view. Their salad is grown in the museum’s basement and you can see it when leaving your things in the wardrobes.

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This picture is from a temporary exhibition about Lazlo Moholy Nagy.

Day 2 – Djurgården (the Vasa Museum and Skansen)

Morning – Vasa Museum

On your second day, head to Djurgården, a beautiful island that is home to several of Stockholm’s top attractions. Start with the Vasa Museum, where you can see the only preserved 17th-century ship in the world. The Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 and was salvaged in the 1960s. The museum has a fascinating collection of artifacts, interactive displays, and exhibitions that tell the story of the ship and its restoration.

After the Vasa you will have plenty of different museums to choose from in Djurgården: the Viking Museum, Nordiska Museet, and the ABBA Museum are among the most known. If you are visiting during the Summer and up for some amusement park fun, stop by Gröna Lund.

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Afternoon – Discover Skansen and Djurgården

No matter which museum you will choose to visit, remember to save enough time to visit Skansen Open Air Museum. As they proudly state on their website, Skansen is the oldest open-air museum in the world, and it’s indeed one of the best places to learn about the life and traditions of Swedish people through the centuries.

Between the actors playing everyday scenes inside the typical houses, the animals, and all the different activities to do and try, you could easily spend a whole day inside Skansen.

Afterward, if you still have time, you can take a stroll through the lush greenery of Djurgården and enjoy the natural beauty of the island.

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Evening – Enjoy Swedish food in Östermalm

In the evening, head to Östermalm, one of Stockholm’s most affluent neighborhoods, and indulge in some fine dining at one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants. Before heading back to your hotel you could also continue your Subway Art Tour by exploring the most beautiful metro stations on the blue line.

My pick for the restaurant? Lisa Elmqvist. The menu is quite expensive (you can download it from their website, it’s both in Swedish and English), but for a once in a while treat it’s definitely worth it! Why this restaurant? Not only for the excellent quality of their seafood but also because of the location: the restaurant is inside an ancient covered market.

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Solna Centrum Metro Station.

Day 3 – Drottningholm palace and Skeppsholmen

Morning – Drottningholm Palace

Drottningholm Palace is a magnificent 17th-century palace located on the island of Lovön, just outside Stockholm. The palace is one of the most well-preserved royal palaces in Europe and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. It was built in the 17th century in Baroque style by Nicodemus Tessin (both the younger and the elder).

Since 1981 Drottningholm is the primary residence of the Swedish royal family. Visitors can take a guided tour of the palace and see the beautiful state apartments, which are adorned with stunning works of art and furniture from the 17th and 18th centuries. The palace is also home to a beautiful park and garden, which was inspired by the famous gardens of Versailles.

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Photo credits to @artisticamente_arte.

Afternoon – Skeppsholmen (Moderna Museum and the Toy Museum)

On your way back from Drottningholm don’t forget to check out the most beautiful metro stations on the green line. Then you can reach Skeppsholmen via the blue line.

Skeppsholmen is a small island located in the central part of Stockholm that is home to several interesting museums and cultural institutions. The island has a rich history and was once used as a military base, but today it’s a popular destination for art and history lovers.

A must visit above all? The Moderna Museet, located on the island, is one of the most famous modern art museums in Sweden, and it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re interested in contemporary art. The museum has an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art and includes temporary exhibitions as well.

But my personal favorite? The Toy Museum (unfortunately the website is only in Swedish). The Toy Museum displays a vast collection of toys and games from different eras and countries. The museum is a great place to explore and learn about the history of toys and how they have evolved. It also features the car of King Carl XVI Gustaf, and his father and grandfather as well. The icing on the cake? The Toy Museum is hosted inside the ancient navy base inside the island’s bunker.

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Evening – Typical cuisine in Gamla Stan

In the evening, head back to Gamla Stan for a final stroll through the charming streets and indulge in some traditional Swedish cuisine at one of the many restaurants that serve classic dishes such as meatballs, pickled herring, and smoked salmon.

My pick? Slingerbulten. This excellent typical restaurant serves some of the best meatballs in Stockholm, and their blackcurrant sauce is excellent! I really recommend it. Note: the restaurant is quite small and you should book a reservation.

Best neighborhoods to stay in Stockholm

Stockholm has many cool neighborhoods you can choose from when planning your stay. We personally choose Gamla Stan because it’s very central and also close to T-Centralen, where the shuttles for Arlanda’s airport start. We were the very happy guests of the Mälardrottningen Hotell & Restaurang, a yacht that has been converted into a hotel. Their breakfast is abundant and allowed us to make brunch so that we ate a complete lunch only in the evening and save a lot of money (boy if Stockholm is expensive when it comes to food!).

You have similar options in the Sodermalm district. Den Röda Båten and Rygerfjord are less expensive than Mälardrottningen but still in a very cool area, close to Sodermalm’s beautiful streets and to Fotografiska.

My third and last option would be Norrmalm. Very close to T-Centralen you will be spoilt for choice for all the budgets!

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Mälardrottningen Hotel in Gamla Stan.

Some tips before visiting Stockholm

  • Remember to extra check the museum opening hours and national festivities. I learned this the hard way! We were visiting close to Easter and some museums changed their schedules. Also between Winter and Summer schedules changes so make sure you are consulting their opening hours for the right time of the year. Note: the websites are most often updated, a check there will be enough.
  • Save money with brunches. I do this a lot when traveling to expensive countries or sometimes even if my schedule is very charged, which it often is! When booking your hotel check out their breakfast price and if it’s abundant in the comments, that way you will save on your noon launch. I’ve made an exception for the Nobel Ice Cream and a delicious meal at the Moderna Museum, their restaurant has a panoramic view over Djurgården.
  • Save extra money with Go City Stockholm Pass and Stockholm Travel Card. When spending three days in Stockholm you will largely repay the cost of both the Stockholm Pass and Travel Card. Almost all the museums mentioned in this guide are included with the Stockholm Pass. While the Travel Card gives complete access to all transports, including ferries. Note: the itinerary from Arlanda to Stockholm Center and vice-versa is not included.
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How many days should I spend in Stockholm?

Stockholm is an amazing city, and there are many things to do and see. When booking your stay you should consider staying at least 3 days. But the more the merrier! There are many activities to do throughout all the archipelago and you could easily fill your itinerary for a week. If you are looking for more inspiration from Stockholm, check out our guides and itineraries.

In conclusion, is Stockholm worth visiting?

Stockholm is absolutely worth visiting! Its Nordic charm is undeniable and with this Stockholm in 3 days itinerary you will have a taste of the city’s history, culture, and natural beauty. Are you planning a trip to Northern Europe soon? Check out for new inspirations among the European countries we write about.

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These are the best Colosseum tours in 2023, here is why

I know, picking the perfect Colosseum tour may seem quite a challenge among all the possibilities you have. There are more than 400 search results when looking at the best Colosseum tours on getyourguide. With many new appearing every month (be careful of the scams, especially on private tours). So without further delay, here are the best and why you should pick them.

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The best Colosseum tours

I love comparison tables! I think they are so helpful when you are trying to pick the best choice. So here is the one for the best Colosseum tours. You can directly go to the ticket booking option by clicking on the name or if you want more information about each tour just scroll through the blog post.

TourDurationGuideArenaUnderg.ExtrasPrice/pers.
Colosseum Entry Tickets/🏛️22€
Colosseum Guided Tour2.30🗣️opt.🏛️49 – 64€
Colosseum Arena + Underground Guided Tour3🗣️✔️✔️🏛️119€
Colosseum by Night with Underground & Arena2🗣️✔️✔️109€
Guided Vatican & Colosseum Tours6.30🗣️101€
Colosseum and Ancient Rome Guided Tour3.30🗣️🏛️ ⛲60€

🏛️ Palatine Hill and Roman Forum
⛪ St. Peter’s Basilica
⛲ Piazza Navona, Piazza Venezia, and Pantheon

Our pick? The Colosseum Guided Tour with the Arena option. Entering the arena is magical!

Colosseum Entry Tickets + Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

The best way to visit the Colosseum on your own is with a skip-the-line ticket that will let you add two more landmarks to your tour: the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Enjoy Roma Caput Mundi (translates Rome the head of the world) by visiting the most iconic locations of ancient Roman times.

The tour includes ONLY the tickets.

You can head over to the “Ticket Holder and Roma Pass” line for the mandatory security checks. It’s very important to be on time following the precise slot which is attributed to you. If you are late you may lose your spot! Also note that once you exit the monument you will not be able to re-enter, so remember to book the right time slot for you.

Book the Colosseum Entry Tickets here.

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Colosseum Guided Tour (with Arena optional) + Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

This bundle covers the guided visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. It has skip the line options and in 2.30 hours will give you much complementary info about the three locations.

When booking the tour, you can pay for the option to access the arena and that’s indeed something I recommend! The view of the Colosseum from the public’s seats is absolutely unique. But if something can top it that’s the moment you pass by the gladiators’ gate to enter the arena. The Gladiator’s music starts playing right away in your head, it’s quite magical!

Note: the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are huuuge to explore! While you can easily see the Colosseum in 40-60 minutes, I’d recommend spending more time on the other two. As you won’t be able to get out without losing your ticket once you are inside, consider bringing snacks or sandwiches with you and picnicking so that when the guided tour is over you can stay inside.

Book the Colosseum Guided Tour here.

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Colosseum Arena + Underground Guided Tour + Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Exploring the underground technically known as hypogeum is really interesting. Situated under the arena where the shows and battles were staged, the underground was a labyrinth of machines and servants working to give the best show ever.

Once completely visible from the public’s area, recent renovation works are gradually recovering the underground with a wooden walkway. In a short time the Colosseum will look like it was back in Roman antiquity.

This tour includes also the entry tickets to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

Book the Colosseum Arena + Underground Guided Tour here.

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Colosseum by Night with Underground & Arena

Entering the arena is absolutely magical, but imagine entering it at night! With this tour you will have access to the arena and underground.

One of the main benefits of going with this choice? The Colosseum standard visits are not allowed at night, as a result, you can enjoy the Colosseum with no crowds!

Book the Colosseum by Night with Underground & Arena here.

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Photo from Pexel.com. Credits to Matteo Basile.

Guided Vatican & Colosseum Tours

Want to catch antique Rome and the Vatican essentials in a day? Get this tour! You start your day at the Vatican, guided through an inspiring journey through iconic sights and artworks. The highlights of the tour? Michelangelo’s frescoes on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Note: you will have about 20 minutes inside the Sistine Chapel to admire the beautiful frescoes.

Once the visit is over and after a short lunch break, enter the 1st and 2nd floors of the Colosseum. Overall the tour lasts the whole day and doesn’t include meals or transportation from the Vatican to the Colosseum.

Book the Guided Vatican & Colosseum Tours here.

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Colosseum and Ancient Rome Guided Tour

Get the gist of ancient Rome with this guided tour that will let you discover the 1st and 2nd floors of the Colosseum. And much more than that! In fact, the tour includes a walk through the Roman Forum (but NOT the Palatine Hill), the Capitoline Hill, Piazza Venezia (Altare della Patria), Piazza Navona, and the Pantheon.

Just like our self-guided one-day tour in Rome, this tour is perfect to see some of Rome’s most important landmarks.

Book the Colosseum and Ancient Rome Guided Tour here.

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Useful things to know before visiting the Colosseum

  • Wear comfortable shoes. You will walk a LOT in Rome if you are planning to visit the monuments (I’m thinking of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum for example). Take your most comfortable sneakers or sandals, you will thank me later!
  • Take a water bottle with you. The walks are long and tiring, but there are plenty of free drinking water fountains in Rome. You won’t have any problem filling your bottle even inside the Roman Forum.
  • Be careful of your time slot. Losing your ticket or guide because you are late s***s (and you may also lose the refund)! Don’t take any risks and make sure to get to your meeting point earlier. You will also get to admire the monument from the outside better. I remember taking a million photos while waiting for our tour to start!

Frequently asked questions about Colosseum Tours

Should I book the Colosseum ticket in advance?

Yes. This is very important as the tour gets fully booked fast. And also the time slots available may be less practical. The moment you book your flight to Rome, check out also for your tickets to Rome’s highlights.

Is it worth getting a guided tour of the Colosseum?

A self-guided tour is great of course, if you are looking for a budget-friendly option. There are many explication panels everywhere in the archaeological site. But if you are still undecided take the lip and invest in a guided tour. Especially in the Colosseum where you can learn so many extra details if exploring with a guide.

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What day is the Colosseum free?

Each first Sunday of the month, entry to many public monuments in Rome is free. It’s indeed a great solution if you are looking to save some money. But, as you can imagine everyone and their mom will be visiting.

Is it worth paying for the Colosseum?

There are many nice pictures you can take outside the Colosseum (as it’s one of Rome’s most beautiful photo spots!). But entering inside is magical, especially in the arena! You will be transported back in time.

Have you picked your favorite?

The best Colosseum tour for you depends on your interests, budget, and the amount of time you have. But remember to reserve in advance. Also if you are planning a vacation in Rome or Italy in general, check out our guides, tips and day trips prepared for you by an Italian!

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