The Eternal City, Rome, is not only the symbol of history with its magnificent monument and stunning churches.
Rome was also the place for a famous movie such as “Rome with Love”, “La Dolce Vita” and “Roman Holiday” and for this reason you may have heard Rome as the city of love. When the sun goes down and the tourists have gone, Rome becomes a magical and romantic city.
But how can you fully enjoy the romantic essence of the Eternal City? Here are 10 best spots to experience with your special lover.
Spanish Steps is one of the most significant symbols of the romanticism in Rome. If you want to feel the true romantic atmosphere we recommend you to visit the Spanish steps in late afternoon or evening. When the sunset light, slightly illuminate the Barcaccia Fountain and the steps the Spanish square transforming into a really fascinating site, this is really the perfect time to climb hand by hand the Spanish Steps built in the 1700s to let communicate the French Church of the “Trinità dei Monti” with the below square. If you stop the half way you can admire a stunning view of the square along with Via Condotti one of the best shopping street of Rome.
Another romantic place is the park of Villa Borghese embellished with neoclassical Statues and Temples. The Villa is well known for the Casino Borghese called commonly the Borghese Gallery. If you are in Rome do not miss a visit a tour to the Borghese Gallery, there you will see amazing paintings from famous baroque painters that are representing the romanticism and the love in many art ways including through mythology. One of them is definitely the painting of Jacopo Zucchi called Amore and Psiche, here the love will triumph after many obstacles. Villa Borghese is not all about galleries and fascinating art but there is also Borghese Garden which has dazzled generation of visitors.
The park was also one of the sites where was one of the locations where was filmed “Love to Rome”. A hand-in-hand stroll in this monumental and charming garden will lead you to the Pincio hill right in time for the sunset. To admire a stunning view of the neoclassical Popolo Square.
The Imperial and Roman Forum is surely one of the most iconic symbols of Rome for its fascinating history. You can learn all about the Ancient Rome taking a tour through the ancient ruins. The best time to take a tour or to stroll inside is definitely at the Sunset around 5:30 pm when the heavy heat is gone and the Forum is less crowded. In the summer, there are night tours to the Colosseum and to the Roman Forum and it is really amazing to be part of one of the tours exploring ancient Rome at night without the crowd and after dinner. It will be a spectacle sensation to be surrounded by the silence and the ruins. If you go to the Colosseum you will also see them at night the undergrounds level known as hypogeum!
Rome is arguably famous for its historical monuments and fascinating church but never forget its romantic and magical charm. You can't get any more Baroque than Piazza Navona, where you will see the local painters that in few minutes can draw and paint a great caricature of you or of a famous actor or singer, then if you go to the center of the square you will see the beautiful Fountain of four Rivers, projected and created by Bernini when the square was the symbol of papal authority of the Pamphili. The square has at the opposite edge also the Fontana del Moro and the Fontana of Neptuno. It is a very nice square where you can sit and enjoy a fabulous “Gelato".
If you want to enjoy a different side of Rome, Trastevere is the perfect place for you. One of the true beauties of Trastevere is Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, where stands the medieval basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Trastevere is famous for the narrow picturesque streets and charming local artisans shops. But Trastevere is also famous for the food, you will have a wide range of place starting from a local “Trattoria, or a local bakery or an elegant restaurant or to a local cafè. If you go to Rome remember to go to Trastevere also called the roman “Greenwich village”. In the night we highly suggest to eat there in a very cheerful atmosphere, you will never get bored!
If you decide to rent a car or to take a tour with a driver and a guide you can go to the Gianicolo Hill, this hill is centrally situated between Trastevere and the Vatican area. The Gianicolo Hill offers one of the breath-taking views of Rome and of the Vatican city. At evening, thanks to the peaceful surrounding you can share lovely memories with your partner.
Another place not to miss is the Campidoglio Hill, possibly the most beautiful architectural creation by the Renaissance artists including Michelangelo. Admire the ramped stairs decorated on the top by the statues of Castor and Pollux, the ramp known as “Cordonata” was designed by Michelangelo as well as the façade of the City Hall. But the best time to go to Capitol Hill is at night when the square is illuminated. Do not be surprised if you see a just married couple, the Capitol Hill is really one of the best places for pictures for just married couples.
The jewel of this square has really an exceptional view that stretches right across the Forum and the Colosseum.
Away from the noisy traffic and the crowded Vatican area, there is a pedestrian isle and there is located Castel Sant'Angelo, strolling along the banks of the river and admire the majestic castle lit up for the night, reflecting in the calm water of the Tiber River. Once an ancient imperial tomb, this massive hulk of brick and stone turned to be in the medieval time papal fortress.
Last but not least, famous for being the place where the movie “La Dolce Vita”, was filmed is, of course, the “Trevi Fountain”, the icon of romance in Rome, at evening the baroque fountain become quiet and magical. Before you make your way back home don’t forget to toss one coin in the fountain! According to the tradition if you throw one coin the fountain you will get back to Rome again, if you toss two coins you will have a romance with a Roman and with three coins you will get married to her or him.
Don’t miss the special opportunity to share the lovely and unforgettable experience with your soul mate in the Eternal City!
Rome Private Guides wish you a wonderful romantic Easter in Rome.