Tips for Rome-ance

‘Rome-ance – the two are inseparable. Where else can you share magical sunsets over ancient ruins, drink from a fountain to promise everlasting love or indulge in succulent dinners in the lively vibes of la dolce vita?

The magic is ensconced in every corner; romantic restaurants, romantic views, romantic picnics, even romantic places to propose to your one and only all linger around the Eternal City.

To ensure your ultimate tête-à-tête break, we have come up with our top 10 tips for the most romantic things for couples to do in Rome:
 

Best place for romantic inspiration

Start by sitting down on the Spanish Steps and become part of the dazzling atmosphere of Piazza di Spagna; a place where many writers and artists came in search of imagination. One such creative spirits, English poet John Keats, lived right at the bottom of the steps in what is now the ‘Keats-Shelley House’ museum (keats-shelley-house.org).
Delve into his, and other English Romantic poets’ past lives, who all escaped to Rome to experience its romantic energy. Finish up by climbing the steps for a panoramic view of Rome, with the fashion boulevard Via Dei Condotti cutting the city in half and pulling your gaze to the Vatican in the horizon.


 

(photo from keats-shelley-house.org)    

Most intriguing view of Rome

Within the idyllic Orange Gardens of the Aventine Hill, one of Rome’s Seven Hills, an experience akin to magic lurks. A tall gate locks access to the Priory of the Knights of Malta, the world’s oldest surviving chivalric order. Peep through that door’s keyhole and you’ll be instantly transported to Rome’s most enchanting live tableaus: the majestic dome of Saint Peter's Basilica stands in the centre, serenely framed by the Priory’s cypress bushes. A meticulously designed peepshow or beautiful accident? This remains one of Rome’s mysteries.

Orange Gardens of the Aventine Hill



Most romantic picnic spot 

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Gianicolo Hill offers a peaceful retreat for an impromptu aperitif, with an all-embracing view of Rome. Whilst not part of Rome’s Seven Hills, the Gianicolo extends views on all seven, plus the layers of ruins, domes, piazzas and monuments cluttering in between. Experience the cluster of Rome’s different eras in one, a mighty panorama, and watch as the sunset paints a multi-hued landscape of the Eternal City.



 

Best for ice cream and chocolate

A little detour away from the Gianicolo Hill is il Pinguino Gelateria Naturale (Via Silvestri, 224), one of the best places for ice cream in Rome. On top of its wide variety of 100% natural flavours, the gelateria caters for all kinds of tolerances, including gluten-free and vegan.

For the best chocolate in Rome, head to La Bottega del Cioccolato (labottegadelcioccolato.it) on the other side of the Tiber. This sensational chocolate heaven was founded by a family of Maître chocolatiers that takes great pride in blending creativity with fine, artisanal traditions, passed down father to son for over two centuries.


(Photo credit Bottga del Cioccolato)

 

Best rooftop terrace for dinner

Indulge in a creative menu at the rooftop garden restaurant of the luxury 4-star Hotel Forum, while enjoying an exclusive view over the historical centre. The city’s night lights will turn the now-deserted ruins into the most spectacular nocturnal sight of ancient Rome. Together with the restaurant’s elaborate garden-like décor and soft music in the background, this will truly be a rewarding way to end your day. A vegetarian option is also available, while the impeccable service will make sure all your needs are carefully met.


(Hotel Forum Rome)

 

Room with a view of the Spanish Steps 

Spend a night to remember at the elegant 5-star hotel Inn at the Spanish Steps’, in the fashionable's heart Via dei Condotti. A rooftop terrace offers a bird's-eye view on the iconic steps, which you can further enjoy from the intimate quarters of a ‘Room with the View’, or from the private balconies of a luxurious Suite on the penthouse floor. The hotel is conveniently located at walking distance from other major landmarks like the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the Colosseum - plenty to fill up your schedule the next day.
The Inn at the Spanish Steps
 


Most romantic fountain

Right beside the celebrated Trevi Fountain lies another, much less known or noticeable fountain; the fountain of lovers’. While the Trevi Fountain steals the show, this little fountain is one of Rome’s best-kept secrets. Few know of the romantic powers it holds: legend has it that if two drinks from it, they will forever remain faithful to each other, embraced by everlasting love.

 

Best rooftop Aperitivo

Aperitivo is a sacred tradition for Italians, and it’s easy to understand why. Nibbles of the tastiest Italian fares paired with matching wines is a moment that will elevate your senses to the point of no return. The multi-level rooftop terrace of the Raphael Hotel has, along with a panoramic view of Rome, an extensive wine list featuring wines from all over Italy, focusing specially on organic, biodynamic and vegan products. The sommeliers will gladly tell you the story of each wine, to find your best fit for the evening.

Hotel Raphael Rome

 

Top bike tour

Cycle along Via Appia Antica, a road that was once the largest and most famous road in Ancient Rome. Dubbed as the ‘queen of roads’, this remarkable communication stream connected Rome all the way to Brindisi on the Adriatic coast. The famous saying all roads lead to Rome’ owes much to this road. The stretch closest to Rome is now part of an archaeological and natural park, easily reachable from the city centre by public bus (Bus 118).

The first 4 miles offer the road’s most famous sites - rent a bike from the park’s visitor centre (ecobikeroma.it) and discover the Catacombs of St Sebastian, the Circus of Maxentius and the Roman baths of Capo di Bove, among other impressive attractions.  Above ground, all is now peaceful, yet along this poetical lane, the rebel slave army of Spartacus was crucified. The crosses stretched 80km or more - thus ending one of the most passionate stories in history.

Appia Antica

 

Most romantic place to propose

The Temple of Venus and Rome has a special place in Rome’s story. Located between the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, it is thought to have been the largest temple of Ancient Rome. It was designed by emperor Hadrian himself and built in 135 AD to worship two major deities; the goddess of love and the goddess of Rome.

The latter represents fertility, having given birth to the Roman dynasty, and is considered good fortune for those wishing to found a family of their own. Wait for the sunset, when most tourists would have gone, and tie the knot in a place where love and the Eternal City have themselves been eternally united.

Temple of Venus and Rome