Rome is the ultimate city of power, both spiritual and temporal. Every palace, church and work of art in the city can be understood through this perspective. It is all designed to impress with might, wealth and authority – whether of the popes or the emperors, kings or cardinals.
Ancient Romans left buildings of enormous scale, to convey the full power of their empire. The Colosseum and the Pantheon impress with their size and mind-blowing engineering. The popes were no less ambitious, building not only to scale but also in sublime luxury. No precious metal was too rare, no marble too far-flung, no artistic talent too expensive. The princes of the Church and the aristocrats of Europe tell us of their power through every building, painting, statue and monumental garden in the city.
Amidst these countless treasures, the ordinary Roman people themselves have developed a confidence and a wit that can outplay the mightiest Caesar. There’s an instinct for comedy and for punctuating pomposity with a clever turn of phrase. Warm, gracious and blasé, Romans themselves have found a way to stay grounded in what they no doubt continue to regard as Caput Mundi, the capital of the world.
Over many years, I have built a very extensive collection of photographs of Rome, numbering tens of thousands of high quality pictures. Below is a list of monuments, churches and locations featured in my collection.
List of photographs of Rome available in my collection
ANCIENT ROME – the Forum, the Palatine, the Circus Maximus, the Colosseum, the Domus Aurea, the Forum Boarium, Baths of Caracalla, Baths of Diocletian, City Gates, Carcere Mamertino, Acqueducts, Mausoleum of Augustus (2021 opening), Ara Pacis, Trajan and Marcus Aurelius columns, and more.
MONUMENTS – the Pantheon, the Capitoline museums, Castel Sant’Angelo, Palazzo del Quirinale, Palazzo Barberini, Palazzo Altemps, the Sancto Sanctorum and Chapel of San Lorenzo, Michelangelo’s Cloister, the Galleria Borghese, the Altare della Patria, historic palazzi (Colonna, Doria Pamphilj, Spada, Palazzo Venezia, Palazzo Mattei Giovi, Palazzo della Cancelleria), Biblioteca Casanatense, Oratorio del Gonfalone, Villa Giulia, Villa Farnesina a Trastevere, Villa Medici, public gardens (Villa Borghese, Villa Aldobrandini, Orange and Rose gardens in the Aventino), private gardens in the palaces of Quirinale, Farnesina, Borghese, Spada, Bel Respiro, Sciarra, Villa Celimontana, Botanical gardens, Palazzo Corsini and the Accademia dei Lincei and more.
SQUARES AND FOUNTAINS – Most squares and fountains photographed, daytime and night-time, including the Trevi fountain without tourists (2020), the fountains of Piazza Navona in detail, the Spanish steps, Piazza del Popolo, all major Egyptian and Roman obelisks, and more.
OTHER – strong focus on works by Bernini, Caravaggio, Cavallini, Raphael, Guido Reni, Andrea Pozzo and Michelangelo, the Aurelian walls, the Via Appia, the Tiber, city bridges, street photography, an extensive collection of “Rome by night” photographs, Wisteria season in Rome. Moods: foggy, sunny, at sunset, storm, panoramic views.
THE VATICAN – Saint Peter’s Dome, Vatican Museum, Vatican Gardens, the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, Saint Peter’s square, Swiss Guards.
THE PAPAL BASILICAS – Santa Maria Maggiore, San Paolo fuori le Mura, Saint John Lateran (San Giovanni in Laterano) and Saint Peter’s (see above).
CHURCHES – A considerable number of monumental churches, photographed in detail both on the inside and outside, including:
Sant’Agnese in Agone
Sant’Agostino (Raphael’s Isaiah)
Sant’Andrea al Quirinale
Sant’Andrea della Valle
Sant’Andrea delle Frate (Bernini angels)
Sant’Antonio dei Portoghesi
San Bartolomeo all’Isola
San Bernardo alle Terme
Santa Caterina a Magnanapoli (Ordinariato militare)
San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane
Santa Cecilia in Trastevere (including Cavallini frescoes)
Santi Claudio e Andrea dei Borgognoni
Santa Constanza Mausoleum and Sant’Agnese fuori le Mura
San Cosimato (Nuovo Regina Margherita)
Santi Cosma e Damiano
Santi Domenico e Sisto
Santa Francesca Romana
Gesù e Maria
San Giovanni dei Fiorentini
Santi Giovanni e Paolo al Celio
San Giorgio in Velabro
San Girolamo della Carità
San Gregorio Magno
Sant’Isidoro a Capo le Case
Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza
San Lorenzo fuori le Mura
San Lorenzo in Damaso
San Luigi dei Francesi (Caravaggios)
San Marcello al Corso
San Marco in Campidoglio
Santa Maria degli Angeli
Santa Maria dell’Orazione e Morte
Santa Maria del Popolo (major chapels and Caravaggios)
Santa Maria della Pace (Raphael frescoes and cloister by Bramante)
Santa Maria della Vittoria
Santa Maria in Aracoeli
Santa Maria in Cappella
Santa Maria in Cosmedin
Santa Maria in Domnica
Santa Maria in Monserrato
Santa Maria in Trastevere
Santa Maria in Trivio
Santa Maria in Via
Santa Maria sopra Minerva (and Convent with frescoes)
San Pietro in Montorio (including outside of Bramante’s Tempietto)
San Pietro in Vincoli
Santi Quattro Coronati
Santa Rita alle Vergini
Oratorio del Santissimo Crocefisso
San Sebastiano fuori le Mura
San Silvestro in Capite
Santo Stefano Rotondo
SS Stimmate di San Francesco
SS Trinità dei Monti (and Convent)
SS Trinità dei Pellegrini
La Vallicella, Oratorio dei Filippini & Biblioteca Vallicelliana
Photo Galleries of Rome