In few other countries in the world does the sunset represent a true ritual like it does in Italy. There are magical places where the sky takes on the full range of shades of bronze, pink or orange, and where emotions become more vivid. Time nearly seems to stop, in a sort of daily liturgy that interrupts the routine, even if just for a moment. It is the time when the day draws to a close, and gold shines on some of the most iconic corners of Italian cities. They are the last steps of the sun’s dance; it’s the golden hour.

Prepare to experience a one of kind moment

Rome
Sunset view in Rome at Gianicolo

Gianicolo

A terrace overlooking Rome

Gianicolo is located on the right shore of Tevere, above Trastevere and near Monteverde. It is considered the eighth hill of Rome, a pleasant place where you can walk and enjoy the wonderful view on the Eternal City. The view from the Gianicolo is simply breathtaking: the terraces offer an overview of all the monuments of the city, which rise like majestic silhouettes on the horizon, in a magical and suggestive atmosphere.

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Sunset view at Pincio in Rome

Terrazza del Pincio

The terrace envied by the whole word

Envied by the whole world, the Pincio terrace needs no introduction. It is a magical place, a complex of paths and gardens immersed in the nature of Rome where it is possible to breathe the history of the city. It is like a small maze full of corners to discover and attractions immersed in a tropical setting. The panoramic view is fantastic, overlooking Piazza del Popolo and the dome of San Pietro.

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The golden hour at Lungotevere in roma

Lungotevere

A Romantic stroll along the Tevere

No one would have imagined that this road, designed in 1876 with the aim of curbing the floods of the Tiber river, would become one of the most photographed corners of Rome. The Lungotevere bridges have become the backdrop for romantic walks of lovers and some of the most iconic scenes of Italian cinema. Someone will turn up their nose at the idea of images from picture postcards: but the sunset, in Rome, is a timeless classic.

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The view of the golden hour on the terrace of Altare della Patria in Rome

Altare della Patria

The side of Imperial Rome

Located near the Colosseum, the Altare della Patria (or “Vittoriano”, as the Romans call it) is one of the most iconic Italian monuments. It was built by Umberto I of Savoy to commemorate the first King of Italy and it was inspired by the great temples of antiquity, such as the Altar of Pergamon. For some years now it is possible to climb to the top of the altar with a panoramic glass elevator and enjoy a 360 degree view of the Eternal City on the Imperial Forums, the Pantheon, Via del Corso and San Pietro.

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The view of the golden hour at San Pietro in Rome

San Pietro

An embrace to the Eternal City, in a single glance

One of the most exciting places to embrace the whole city in one glance: the Dome of St. Peter stands out in all the panoramic photos of Rome but it is itself one of the attractions from which to admire a breathtaking panorama. After a climb on a narrow and narrow spiral staircase, the view from the top is breathtaking: Rome from there shows all its splendor, from the Vatican gardens to the Tiber river, from the ancient buildings to the historic center.

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MEET THE SUNSET HUNTER

Vincenzo Gabriele

No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart.
It has always fascinated me to photograph Rome at sunset. Rome is light, love and feeling and there is nothing more beautiful than stop only for a moment to see a lot of beauty and finally be able to say: long live the life! If you want to attend one of the golden hour most beautiful of Rome, Castel Sant’Angelo bridge is ideal for admire a beauty without comparisons.

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Milan
The golden hour in Milan at Naviglio Grande

Navigli

Golden and Silver on Milan

Designed to irrigate the fields and build a system of waterways linking the lakes of Lombardy to the city, the Navigli have now become one of the most important tourist attractions in Milan. However, there is a magical moment, before this place turns into one of the most iconic places of the Milanese nightlife: it’s the sunset, when the lights are reflected on the canal reflecting the landscape of gold and silver.

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The golden hour in Milan at Porta Nuova

Porta Nuova

An incredible contrast between natural and artificial

The project “Port Nuova” was an urban regeneration operation in the Milan Business Center. Today embodies itself the entire Skyline of Milan and is a symbol of economic, tecnologic and green power. The majestic skyline with the spectacular Bosco Verticale and the new skyscrapers creates an incredible mix between nature and technology, past and future.

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Sunset view in Milan at Arco della Pace

Arco della pace

A neoclassical triumph in the green heart of Milan

The Arco della Pace, an old tram, Castello Sforzesco in the distance: there is no image more authentically Milanese! Designed by Luigi Cagnola in 1807, this triumphal neoclassical masterpiece partially recalls the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and marks the beginning of Corso Sempione. At sunset, the Corinthian columns and the solemn bronze statues become subtle silhouettes that appear on the orange-tinted horizon. Stunning!

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The incredible view of Milan by the terrace of Duomo

Duomo di Milano

A journey into Gothic art

Is there a more iconic place in Milan? The largest Gothic cathedral in the world, whose construction – work began in 1386, has always been the symbol of Milanese beauty all over the world. The terraces of the Duomo offer a suggestive view of the city, especially at sunset, in which among the solemn Gothic spiers and majestic statuary elements it is possible to follow an evocative path that leads below the iconic Madunina, which stands 108 meters above the ground.

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Sunset view in Milan at Parco delle Cave

Parco delle cave

An urban paradise, a masterpiece of natural and wild beauty

One of the many reconversion stories that show the green soul of Milan, precisely in Baggio, a western suburb. The Cave Park in the past was an industrial area used for the extraction of sand and gravel, then it fell into a progressive degradation. Today it is a green oasis with paths, green fields, crops, springs. A paradise in the metropolitan chaos, the first example of urban forestry that becomes even more charming and enchanting at sunset.

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MEET THE SUNSET HUNTER

Massimiliano Donghi

Lights becomes softer, the colors get warmer and the shadows stretch to infinity: the Golden Hour has arrived. It is the most fascinating time of the day, because every day offers a different show, always enchanting to admire. It is the right time to stop for a moment to observe the life of the city and see how it changes when the day draws to a close and the night is about to begin.

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Florence
A fantastic view of Campanile di Giotto in Florence

Campanile di Giotto

The majestic Gothic bell tower

One of the dilemmas of tourists in Florence: is the view better from Brunelleschi’s Dome or Giotto’s Bell Tower? Giotto’s Bell Tower is one of the most recognized monuments and the 414 steps will lead you to discover one of the most enchanting views of Florence: the passages, compared to the Dome, are wider and less crowded and there are numerous terraces where you can stop and catch your breath and admire the view, especially of the wonderful Brunelleschi Dome.

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Sunset view of Lungarni in Florence

Lungarni

Celebrate the beauty of Florence along Arno River

The road that runs along the Arno River divides the city of Florence into two parts; along the way, it is a triumph of traditional restaurants, small places where you can sip good wine with locals, majestic bridges to cross to discover new corners and new visions of the city. At sunset, the river is tinged with silver and gold, while Florence shines in all its beauty.

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SUnset view of Piazza del Duomo in Florence

Piazza del Duomo

The heart of the cradle of Reinassance

A masterpiece heritage of UNESCO, a triumph of polychrome marbles of various shapes and colors, a symbol of the Italian genius, thanks to the largest masonry dome ever built. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is the soul of Florence: it offers a breathtaking view of the city, after climbing 463 steps. Not only that, it is itself a spot to admire in the golden hour, when the marbles begin to reflect light and are embellished with reflections of gold and silver.

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Sunset view on the Rooftop in Florence

Via Roma

An historical street with a suggestive view

Via Roma is one of the most popular streets in Florence: it is located in the heart of the city and is rich in historic buildings, sophisticated typical coffee shops. And it is in this street that some of the most evocative rooftops can be found that reveal unexpected breathtaking views of the Renaissance masterpieces of this city.

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Arnolfo's Tower and Palazzo della Signoria in Florence

Torre di Arnolfo

The best spot to admire Florence

The Arnolfo Tower is one of the symbols of Florence, with its 94 meters high and the splendid battlements; it is an integral part of Palazzo Vecchio and has only recently been reopened to the public. To reach the top of the tower you have to climb 250 steps, but the effort is definitely worth it. The view from the Tower is magnificent and embraces Florence in all its sumptuous magnificence!

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MEET THE SUNSET HUNTER

Gabriele Colzi

There is one thing that, above all, reassures me of the immense beauty of nature: nature is there for everyone. Like the sunset: you can’t take it home, but it is always there, every day, peaceful and free. The golden hour in Florence is magic: you can see the city hit by the soft lights and warm colors; each monument takes an even more extraordinary shade. You can look out from every rooftop, climb Giotto’s bell tower, take pictures from the top of the Arnolfo tower or simply walk along the Arno river, and be amazed by the spectacle of golden light.

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Venice
Sunset view of Campanile di San Marco in Venice

Piazza San Marco

The most fascinating square in the world.

Napoleon defined Piazza San Marco as the drawing room of Europe: definitely, it is one of the most elegant and enchanting squares in Italy. The eye-popping Basilica of San Marco with the plethora of domes and Eastern-ispired facade, the skyward-reaching bell tower known as the Campanile, and the decorative Ducal Palace are just some of the magical places of this square, which at sunset turns into in a magical show, halfway between dream and reality.

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Sunset view of Rialto Bridge in Venice

Ponte di Rialto

The oldest bridge in Venice

The Rialto Bridge is the true heart of Venice, the oldest of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice that connecting San Marco with San Polo. The incredible beauty of the bridge, over the centuries, has inspired many internationally artists, such as Pietro Aretino and Vittore Carpaccio; the massive structure was built on some 12,000 wooden pilings that still support the bridge more than 400 years later. It is considered one of the best sunset spot in the city.

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The golden hour in Venice at San Giorgio Maggiore

San Giorgio Maggiore

The best view from and on Venice

Every visitor of Venice recognizes the magnificent view of the San Giorgio Maggiore Island. The bell tower was built in 1791, was designed by Andrea Palladio and it’s probably the most photographed sites in the City. If you want a beautiful view of Venice you can take the elevator to the top of the bell tower of the San Giorgio Maggiore Church. The panorama is impressive!

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Gondolas on the Riva degli Schiavoni

Riva degli Schiavoni

The monumental shore of Venice

The Riva degli Schiavoni takes its name from the merchants of Dalmatia, in past called Schiavonia, who used to moor their boats here. Its large shore exposes on St. Mark’s lagoon where you can admire San Giorgio’s Island, the Giudecca and Punta della Dogana. The views are breathtaking specially when the sky is tinged of orange and the sun start to set on the horizon beyond Santa Maria della Salute.

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The golden hour in Venice with the view of Basilica della salute

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

A Sanctuary of Baroque inspirations

Considered one of the best expressions of Baroque architecture in Venice, the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute is located near Punta della Dogana, between the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal. It was built after the liberation of Venice from an plague’s epidemic; for this reason, every November 21st the Basilica is the scene of a solemn pilgrimage during the Feast of the Madonna della Salute, when Venetians cross a bridge that conncects the two banks of the Canal Grande to pay homage to the Virgin. During the golden hour, the scenery around the Basilica is tinged with gold and orange and the profile of the Dome stands out on the horizon, dramatic and majestic.

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MEET THE SUNSET HUNTER

Roberto Povero

The best way to explore Venice in all its beauty: a walk through its wonders at the golden hour, when the sun goes down and the city glows in a warm and unique light!

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Trieste
Sunset view in Trieste at Miramare Castle

Miramare Castle

A romantic celebration of the majestic history of Trieste

This solemn castle built in the nineteenth century as the residence of the Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Habsburg is an original combination of Gothic, medieval and Renaissance style. The castle stands in all its majesty on top of the cliffs and is one of the most evocative places in Trieste, with its echo of legends and curses, its romantic vibes and the lush expanse of gardens that reach the sea. A precious gem that at sunset becomes part of a theatrical and mystical scenography at the same time.

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The golden hour in Piazza Unità

Piazza Unità d'Italia

A spectacle of colors, sparks and distant horizons

Majestic and superb, Piazza Unità d’Italia is the main square of Trieste, the living room where the city shows all its beauty, with its historic buildings and typical cafés where you can sit and admire the horizon. More than a square, it is a warm and sincere welcome embrace, especially to those arriving from the sea. The sunset here is a sparkling and poetic spectacle to take your breath away.

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Sunset view in Trieste at Strada Napoleonica

Strada Napoleonica

A walk into nature

The Napoleonic road is a path, 5 km long, where you can admire some beautiful views of the city and the Gulf of Trieste. Five kilometers that connect Opicina with Prosecco, surrounded by greenery and nature, where you can choose between a wide gravel road or narrower pathways in the woods. The street is wide and flat, and it is possible to cross it either on foot or by bicycle. A truly exciting experience.

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The golden hour in trieste at Canal grande with the Joyce's statue

Canal Grande

A walk into the history of Trieste

One of the symbols of Trieste and its maritime and commercial vocation: Canal Grande was built in 1754 for the boats to reach the city center to unload and load goods. Along the way, churches, an Orthodox temple and historic buildings while at the bottom stands the Church of Sant’Antonio: from there, it is possible to admire the canal at Sunset, relax placidly to the horizon in a blaze of bright silver and orange reflections.

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Sunset view in Trieste at Molo Audace

Molo Audace

A magical path on the sea

This long walkway was built in 1743 on the wreck of the San Carlo, a ship sunk in the harbor. Only in 1922 it was renamed Molo Audace, as a tribute to the first Italian Navy ship arrived in Trieste, the destroyer Audace. Visiting Trieste without spending time admiring the landscape or being absorbed by thoughts along this boardwalk on the sea would be a real shame. The sunset here is a daily ritual in every season.

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MEET THE SUNSET HUNTER

Andrea Covacich

When the sun sets on the horizon in Trieste and the sky is tinged with warm shades, a golden light settles on rocks, buildings, hills. Shining friezes, statues, boats and everything translates into shadow, without distinction. A large crowd goes to the dock: children, elderly and young people in love, singing, chatting or simply hugging each other. There is the scent of the sea and a golden light spreads, while the seagulls screech and the voices merge with the lapping of the waves.

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When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.

– Mahatma Gandhi