The Eternal City holds a wealth of beauty to explore making it one of the most Romantic cities on the planet. Here are a few suggestions on Romantic experiences in Rome.
1. Gelato Heaven
The Eternal City is full of sights and locations to explore, there’s something romantic about experiencing authentic Italian gelato and Rome gives you plenty of opportunities to stop and have a taste of it wherever you may be. Its best-known gelateria is Giolitti, founded in 1900 and located near the Pantheon. Just like the iconic movie reminds us, no Roman Holiday is complete without a taste of Italian ice cream.
2. Experience the Trevi Fountain
The legend goes that those who stand with their back to the fountain and toss one coin into it will return to Rome someday, those who toss two coins are bound to find true love and, lastly, those who toss three coins will get married in the Eternal City. The even smaller fountain to the left of the Trevi is said to make eternally faithful lovers out of those who drink its waters. What’s best is that the coins thrown in are eventually collected and donated to Caritas.
3. Stroll Villa Borghese Gardens
Villa Borghese Gardens are an oasis of peace and beauty within the city and stepping inside this park will have you feeling as if you are someplace that is out of time, away from the hassle of traffic and crowds. This makes it a perfectly romantic for picnics and strolls, the park also features a cinema that often hosts events. Best of all, if you and your partner are art lovers, you can step into the magnificent Villa Borghese to experience masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio, and Titian as well as many others. A boat tour is a romantic choice and Villa Borghese Lake offers you this opportunity.
4. Tour the Vatican Galleries
Explore the vast Art heritage and fascinating history of the Vatican with your partner to experience the breathtaking Sistine Chapel and many more magnificent masterpieces that will enrich your cultural knowledge and love of beauty. Skip-the-line tickets are a wise choice to avoid the hassle of waiting in line. If you want to learn the in-depth history behind the artworks and connect more deeply to the origins of the Vatican then consider booking a private guide that can accompany you through the galleries as you uncover the most mysterious and beautiful details.
5. Ride a Vespa
Introduced to the public at the beginning in 1946 through and appeal to independent women, Enrico Piaggio’s Vespa was made iconic worldwide by William Wyler Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. The mood of the movie went on to create a powerful association to the Roman lifestyle and so the popularity of the Vespa increased greatly allowing it to become a symbol. Nowadays, tourists who reach the Eternal City strongly desire to experience their own Roman Holiday and as such the Vespa is highly requested besides still being the go to transportation for locals looking to avoid the chaotic traffic in Rome.
6. Private Tour of Rome
From Sunset tours to Private Tours of Rome, booking a private tour can allow you and your partner to enjoy each experience without the hassle of planning. The Eternal City offers plenty of locations and experiences that can be enjoyed. Booking a private tour with a licensed guide and luxury driver will have you feeling like a VIP.
7. The Orange Garden
Savello Park (Parco Savello) also known as The Orange Trees Garden (Giardino degli Aranci) was designed in 1932 by Raffaele De Vico and offers a very romantic setting, it is a scenic spot with a great view over the city, St. Peter’s dome can be admired from its central point. The Giardino degli Aranci is one of the most beautiful locations to enjoy the Sunset in Rome.
8. Enjoy a Romantic dinner in the Eternal City
Italian cuisine is renowned worldwide and Rome is the perfect location to dine while enjoying breathtaking views and sense-thrilling culinary experiences. For a list of the best restaurants have a look at this list.
9. Enjoy sunset at Terrazza Caffarelli
Enjoy a view of the Eternal City from the Caffarelli terrace located next to the Capitoline Museums. Best enjoyed at sunset for an even more romantic atmosphere, this charming terrace is connected to the Capitoline Museums’ caffè and has become one of the top locations for luxury as well as cultural events in Rome due to its layout and incredible views.
10. Rome’s Keyhole
Although by now one of the most sought after locations in Rome that, therefore, often requires sitting in line to access it, the Aventine Hill brass keyhole located in Piazza dei Cavallieri di Malta beautifully frames Saint Peter’s Dome through the arched hedges of Santa Maria del Priorato of the Knights of Malta. Couples often stop by to enjoy the wonder of this uniquely beautiful, mysterious keyhole view and try to sneak a picture.
11. Hit the Spa
If you are looking for a refuge away from the chaos of the city, consider hitting a spa with your partner to indulge in La Dolce Vita lifestyle. To enjoy the Tyrrhenian sea, consider Victoria Regeneration Spa located on the beach of the Roman suburb Ostia. Reaching the heart of Rome, a short distance from Villa Borghese and Via Veneto, you can find Prince Spa, a temple devoted to wellness experiences that is one of the most romantic the Eternal City has to offer.
Romantic holidays in Rome are beautiful to experience because there is much to explore, beginning from the art and architectural heritage that has turned it into the “Eternal” city to La Dolce Vita and exquisite cuisine. Have a wonderfully romantic trip to Rome!
Written by Anamaria Maier