9 Less Crowded Instagrammable Areas in Rome

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9 less crowded Instagrammable areas in Rome

Are you going to Rome and looking for some Instagrammable areas? I went out searching for less crowded Instagram spots located in beautiful Roman neighborhoods. Get ready to see some of Rome’s lush-looking parks, incredible viewpoints, pretty authentic streets, and more!

Which 9 Instagrammable areas are included?

On the map below, I’ve pointed out the areas and the individual locations where our photos have been taken:

  • The yellow marks indicate the 9 areas
  • The blue camera icons are the individual locations of each shot

I would suggest combining 2-3 neighborhoods per day, so you have enough time to fully enjoy each area!

Hidden gem meter

My self-made hidden gem meter indicates how crowded each area was at the time of visiting. Michel and I visited Rome during the winter (December/January). All of our photos have been taken after 09:00 AM.

♥ Some crowds, but nothing like the Colosseum
♥♥ About a tourist bus full of people
♥♥♥ Hidden gem?

1. Pinciano area

Pinciano is one of my favorite Instagrammable neighborhoods in Rome. Why? Because this area is so peaceful! PLUS elegant homes give the whole neighborhood a refined feel. I mainly fell in love with the beautiful and enormous Villa Borghese Park. This park is filled with statues, sculptures, fountains, flowers, and lakes. It’s hard to find an angle that doesn’t look appealing!

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Location: Fontana dei Cavalli Marini
Hidden gem meter: ♥♥

Exploring the entire park definitely takes some time. Michel and I spent nearly 3 hours walking, photographing, and enjoying some snacks we brought on the several benches placed throughout the park. 

Instagrammable spots in Rome

Location: Tempietto di Diana 
Hidden gem meter: ♥♥

2. Campo Marzio area

Our apartment, Locappart Tridente, was located in this neighborhood which is a mix of luxurious as well as modest restaurants and shops. It looks and feels authentic and is absolutely Instagram-proof. One of my favorite places is the Terrazza del Pincio viewpoint. This terrace, surrounded by trees, offers a perfect view on the Piazza del Popolo (a beautiful square which features an Egyptian obelisk and several fountains), and several churches. The good thing about the terrace is the amount of space. There is room for everybody to take a snap!

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Location: Villa Borghese at the Terrazza del Pincio
Hidden gem meter: ♥♥

Piazza del Popolo is usually crowded. Most crowds chill at the Fontana dell’ Obelisco (the fountain in the center) or take pictures of the huge Egyptian obelisk. The smaller two opposite fountains, Fontana del Nettuno and Fontana delle Dea di Roma, get way less attention. Score! I bet you will feel tiny sitting in front of those large Roman statues, lol.

9 less crowded Instagrammable areas in Rome

Location: Fontana delle Dea di Roma at the Piazza del Popolo
Hidden gem meter: ♥♥

Michel and I tried to get a photo of the Fontana dell’ Obelisco without any people in it but it’s a little challenging. I like this fountain because there are lions on each side spitting out water. You don’t see that every day! We sat on the stairs of this fountain for a while, filled up our water bottles (all Roman fountains are safe to drink from), and enjoyed people passing by. After 10 minutes we had one of the lion fountains to ourselves. SNAP!

9 less crowded Instagram spots in Rome

Location: Fontana dell’ Obelisco (Porta del Popolo on the background) at the Piazza del Popolo
Hidden gem meter: ♥

This neighborhood is also a mecca for fashionistas. I bumped into former headquarters of Sarli Couture (they are no longer in business). The stunning ornaments above the front door immediately caught my eye. There’s a small chance the beige Beetle will be parked at the exact same door, but Rome is full of Fiat 500’s who are equally as cute I think!

9 less crowded Instagram places in Rome

Location: Headquarters Sarli Couture
Hidden gem meter: ♥♥

3. Colonna area

This neighborhood is a fine combination of business and pleasure. Most people don’t seem to care too much about taking pictures of the elegant Roman offices. The Italian parliament stood out to me the most because of that charming double-door and the stunning decorations. We had this place completely to ourselves. Maybe it was luck? Or perhaps most tourists were more anxious to visit the Trevi Fountain and/or Pantheon (both only 5 minutes away)?

9 less crowded Instagrammable neighborhoods in Rome

Location: Palazzo Montecitorio 
Hidden gem meter: ♥♥

4. Ponte area

Ponte is located next to the Tiber river which means scenic river views all around! The area is filled with bars, restaurants, and hotels. One hotel worth mentioning is the five-star Hotel Raphaël (we did not sleep here – we wish!). The amount of greens climbing up the walls makes this hotel true eye-candy. I would consider this a hidden-gem because we didn’t see a single soul outside. Perhaps that’s because the inside looks amazing as well although I have only seen photos of it online. I don’t blame the guests for staying inside all day!

9 less crowded Instagrammable areas in Rome

Location: Hotel Raphaël
Hidden gem meter: ♥♥♥

5. Regola area

Regola was once an industrial neighborhood. Nowadays, there’s a wide range of shops, restaurants, and markets. Maybe you have heard of the Campo de’ Fiori? This market is perfect for trying out tasty local food and to get some beautiful flowers. Check out the old streets behind the Campo de’ Fiori and try to spot a Fiat 500! And if you love pizza head towards Forno Campo de’ Fiori (delicious and affordable).

9 less crowded Instagrammable places in Rome

Location: Via del Biscione 15
Hidden gem meter: ♥

Between Regola and Trastevere, several bridges cross the Tiber river. Below the bridges there is a walking and cycling path. In my Tiber walking tour, I will explain to you exactly how to get here. I adore how scenic and quiet this area is. Go for a stroll just before sunset and stop at the Ponte Garibaldi. The view, with the St. Peter’s church on the background, looks like an Italian postcard I think!

9 less crowded Instagram neighborhoods in Rome

Location: Below the Ponte Garibaldi (find out how to get here)
Hidden gem meter: ♥♥

6. Ripa area

Ripa is located only 10-minutes away from the Colosseum. It’s one of those smaller neighborhoods most tourists tend to skip because there are no major highlights. The Giardino degli Aranci (meaning orange garden because of all the orange trees), located on the Aventine Hill, is one of my favorite Instagram spots in Rome. In the park, you will have an nice view of terracotta rooftops and the St. Peter’s church.

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Location: Punto panoramico at the Park Giardino degli Aranci
Hidden gem meter: ♥♥

Michel and I also enjoyed exploring the Basilica dei Santi Bonifacio e Alessio and its garden. During our tour, we came across an adorable bird fountain. Even the simplest objects in Rome look more Instagrammable than where I live, lol!

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Location: Next to the Basilica dei Santi Bonifacio e Alessio
Hidden gem meter: ♥♥

Most homes and apartment blocks in Ripa have a warm color tone and there is quite some green spread around. This area is perfect to shoot some cute street pics!

9 less crowded Instagram places in Rome

Location: Via di Sant’Anselmo 1
Hidden gem meter: ♥♥

7. Campitelli area

Campitelli is full of Instagrammable places because it’s packed with piazzas, churches, and museums. The Vittorio Emanuele II Monument is one of those famous monuments in the area but luckily it’s not as crowded as the Roman Forum and/or Colosseum (both 15-minutes away). Most tourists seem only seem make a brief stop here.

The monument features grand stairways and beautiful statues. Head inside to get to the Terrazza delle Quadrighe for a fantastic (free) view of ancient Rome (Roman Forum and the Colosseum). Taking a couple of Insta photos here is easy.

9 less crowded Instagram neighborhoods in Rome

Location: On the steps of the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument
Hidden gem meter: ♥

Just outside of the Colosseum there’s a street, beautifully decorated with gorgeous pine trees, called Via Celio Vibenna. This street is really crowded with pedestrians and tour buses but I have to mention it! Wait for traffic to pass by to grab a snap of the Arch of Constantine (on my left) and the Colosseum (on my right) combined in one photo.

9 less crowded Instagrammable places in Rome

Location: In front of the Arch of Constantine and Colosseum at Via Celio Vibenna
Hidden gem meter: ♥

8. Monti area

Monti is one of those more hidden neighborhoods located between the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica and the Colosseum. The narrow streets of Monti are filled with antiques, art, fashion and great local food. While exploring, I saw a Piaggio Ape. The good thing is this Ape belongs to a delicatessen (gastronomia) across the street. So if you head over to Zia Rosetta I hope it’s there waiting for you!

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Location: Bia Urbana 89 
Hidden gem meter: ♥♥

9. Trevi area

In Trevi, you find yourself surrounded by wonderful palazzo’s, galleries and piazzas. Most crowds stay near the Trevi Fountain or visit the Palazzo del Quirinale. When we explored this neighborhood my eye got drawn to the Santa Susanna church. I’m a sucker for colorful elements. This blue door looked heavenly!

9 less crowded Instagrammable places in Rome

Location: Chiesa di Santa Susanna alle Terme di Diocleziano
Hidden gem meter: ♥♥

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