If there’s one city in the world that demonstrates the rise of the selfie stick, and selfies in general, it’s the hybrid ancient-and-modern city of Rome. Everywhere you look, there’s something to marvel at – and consequently, everywhere you look, there’s a tourist taking a selfie.
When in Rome…
My first experience of Travelshoot came in my home city of London, which I wrote about here. It opened my eyes to what a good idea it can be to arrange a photoshoot with a local photographer.
Yes, you’ll feel a little awkward. But if you’re going to go in for set family photos anyway, why not take them when you’re truly happy and relaxed all together on holiday (with the bonus that the background’s more interesting than those green and white overhead projector type screens to boot?)
For solo travellers, there’s the added advantage of meeting someone – and all travellers can benefit from the inside knowledge and perspective that a local photographer can bring.
Even in London, where I’d lived for years, I discovered new things about the city and saw the place through new eyes.
So when given the chance to test out a Travelshoot in Rome, I seized the opportunity faster than a gladiator fending off a tangle with a tiger.
As ever, there were a range of options, from 1 to 4 hours and routes including The Colosseum and Arch of Constantine, Capitoline Hill and Piazza Venezia.
I opted for a one hour classic, from the Castel Sant’Angelo along to the Vatican, the smallest sovereign state in the world.
Guido greeted me as the light began to drain from the sky – and the tourists from the ever-popular St Peter’s Square.
The edge of the Vatican is a curious place to be as night falls and the daytime crowds pay their homage (through prayer or selfie) before briskly moving on.
The columns seem taller and iridescent, the sainted stone statues more watchful, more close by. The Swiss Guards seem more relaxed and the pink tinge to the sky makes the fountain-footed obelisk appear to glow in charcoal and peach.
And for this, I have Guido to thank – he’s the one who suggested this change in time and the one who filled me in on the reality of sharing a city with one of the world’s biggest religions.
So once again, I’d recommend a Travelshoot if you’re looking for memorable snaps of your trip and an insightful, non-commercial, non tourist type guide.
They capture the true atmosphere of a city that a selfie stick can simply never do.
Disclosure – I received a complimentary Travelshoot in return for rating the service on their own private system. There was no implied agreement for me to review the experience here but I want to as I feel it’s something useful you should know about and something I’d truly recommend. In short, I always keep the right to write what I like. As ever, as always. Otherwise, there’s just no point.