Hotel Mari

Via Calatafimi, 40, Rome, 00185, Italy
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Photography Tips for the Vatican

by StanleyW.

Hi all,
I have couple of questions about the taking of pictures in the Vatican Museum. How is the lighting in the majority of the area and would one need to be a professional to capture a decent picture. I just purchased a Sony A350x but am just learning to use it. I also bought a monopod to steady the camera without taking up any space. Any thoughts on being able to use that to help with the pictures or would it be best to leave it at home? Thanks for any advice.

Re: Photography Tips for the Vatican

by Kathrin_E

You'll be fine in the parts where the sculptures are. The largest ones are in open courtyards which have full daylight, and even the halls are well lit by daylight. There you'd be ok even with the plainest of cameras.
The architecture of the courtyards and the view of the gardens is worth bringing a camera, too.

The paintings galleries are darker, this may prove more difficulty (better buy postcards or a book with professional photos).

The beautiful frescoed galleries should be doable with a monopod.

The Stanze are dimmed because of the frescoes, and they will be so horribly crowded that there is no chance for photos anyway (again, better get professional photos).

The rooms with the tapestries are obviously dimmed, as these are extremely sensitive to light.

Re: Photography Tips for the Vatican

by StanleyW.

great!! Thanks for your input.

Re: Photography Tips for the Vatican

by jgraff49

Good luck with that. I tried it and got kicked out twice. All the guards have to see is a camera and they're all over you. No matter how sly you are make sure your flash is OFF. The lighting is very subdued.

Re: Photography Tips for the Vatican

by Kathrin_E

jgraff, I think you are talking about the Sistina?

In the Sistina taking photos is an absolute No-No.

Re: Photography Tips for the Vatican

by Laurel914

It's definitely a no-no to take photos in the Sistene Chapel, but it's so busy that it's actually quite easy to get a good photo of the ceiling. Propping the camera on a monopod might tip off the guards that you were planning on taking a photo, so you're probably better off just taking a photo while standing behind someone so they can block the guards' view of you.

Re: Photography Tips for the Vatican

by hawkhead

If by the "beautiful frescoed galleries" you mean the Raphael Stanzas, then unless you are either 7 foot tall or you are extremely fortunate, it will be pretty impossible to take a reasonable photo as the place is usually absolutely jammed with people.

Re: Photography Tips for the Vatican

by Kathrin_E

I'm talking about, for example, the Galleria delle Carte Geografiche and also those you reach after the Sistina, those with the fascinating pictures of the construction sites in 16th and 17th century Rome (which most visitors won't even notice).

Re: Photography Tips for the Vatican

by StanleyW.

Thanks again for all the helpful information.

Re: Photography Tips for the Vatican

by Beausoleil

If you haven't used a digital camera before, you will be amazed at the quality of your photos in low-light situations. If the light is very dim or even quite dark, stablize your camera on a chair back, table or even your spouse's shoulder. This works quite well for me. I've gotten good pictures in places I couldn't even see what I was shooting. LOL

Most places don't allow tripods but if you have a monopod, they may think it's a walking cane and not even notice. You can take photos all over the Vatican Museum except the Sistine Chapel. That's because picture rights belong to the company who paid for the restoration. You can buy very nice photos in the gift shop.

Travel Tips for Rome

How to avoid “restaurants for tourists”.

by breughel

1° avoid restaurants where the waiters are soliciting tourists onto their terrace. Now it is necessary to distinguish between soliciting the tourist and a pleasant welcome to the traveller looking at the menu.
2° avoid the restaurants with large terraces with too well set tables and well dressed quadrilingual waiters.
3° check that they serve wine "vino de la casa" by the carafe what avoids paying table wine at 20 € the bottle.
4° look if the customers are locals or only tourists. Here the question is how to distinguish them from each other; it is simple, Italians don't wear shorts for dining in the town centre.


Comment éviter les "restaurants à touristes".

1° éviter les restos où les garçons font du racolage à leur terrasse. Maintenant il faut savoir distinguer entre racolage du touriste pigeon et un accueil aimable du voyageur qui s'intéresse à la carte.
2° éviter les restos avec grandes terrasses aux tables trop bien mises et garçons en livrée et quadrilingues.
3° vérifier que l'on sert du vin de la casa en carafon ce qui évite de payer du vin de table à 20 € la bouteille.
4° regarder si la clientèle est autochtone ou uniquement composée de touristes. Ici la question est comment distinguer les uns des autres: c'est simple les Italiens ne vont pas dîner en short au centre ville.


by davidlop

This is a little unexpected, at least in Rome. Actually, there are several egyptian monuments in Rome (most of them obelisks), but this is the biggest I saw... just opposite the metro station with the same name.

Wine Tasting at Campo di Fiori

by sniem about Vineria Reggio

Vineria Reggio is a great enoteca located directly on Campo di Fiori. They have a huge selection of wines by the bottle and offer around 30 different wines by the glass too.
If you drink your glass of wine inside at the bar you pay 1 Euro less by the glass than if your served outside. It's great to sit inside and watch people but its fantastic sitting outside in the evening overlooking the piazza.

Italian Restaurants - The locals

by ophiro about Italian Restaurants - The locals

Try to find small and local restaurants not the TOURIST restaurants.

Where you can find local people is the best place because local people always know what is best and not a tourist trap !

Romeing Tours

by klasher

Generally geared towards English speaking young minded people. This tour starts off at Circus Maximus and the enthusiastic guide starts off with Rome's beginnings-the mythology. Probably not for very young children, there is far more history than sightseeing. The tour ends at the Colloseum. Expect a 4 hour tour, easy walk-but no opportunities to sit. There is a 30 min rest at the Gelato stop.
If you only have 2-3 days in Rome, you must do this. There is far too much history to rely on a simple guide book. Walk with someone who has some passion on the subject!


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Address: Via Calatafimi, 40, Rome, 00185, Italy