Romance abounds in Rome—from the striking scenery to the rich cuisine and beautiful language, it’s easy to swoon over the ancient city. The destination experts at OMNIA Vatican and Rome, the sightseeing pass for the top attractions in the city, want to share the spots they find to induce a little love.
As you read on, picture the dazzling sunlight that falls on the ancient structures and glittering duomos throughout the city. Imagine the radiant light from lamp posts which spills over the cobblestone streets, lined with little restaurants packed with tables draped in red and white chequered tablecloths. Envision yourself walking along the tiny winding streets, walls dripping in ivy, hand-in-hand with someone you care for deeply, making memories that will last a lifetime. If you want a truly special romantic experience in Rome, be sure to wander to these iconic and not so well-known romantic places in Rome:
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1. THE ROMAN FORUM (THE TEMPLE OF VENUS & ROME)
The Forums are a staple in the heart of Ancient Rome—remnants of past lives, and perhaps the most celebrated meeting place in all of history. Find the Temple of Roma and Amor, built partly in honour of the goddess of love, Venus.
Address: Entrance from Piazza del Colosseo
Opening times: Every day from 8.30am to 1 hour before sunset.
2. THE AVENTINE KEYHOLE & ORANGE GARDENS
Upon Aventino, one of Rome’s seven hills, is a sight where only in-the-know travelers will have the joy of beholding. A brass keyhole in the doors of the Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta provide a pristine view of St. Peter’s Basilica, framed by an archway of vines. After getting your chance to peep into this paradisiacal view, take a dreamy walk through “Il Giardino degli Aranci” or The Orange Gardens. It’s a superb spot for a romantic stroll—take in the view across the Tiber as the fragrance of orange blossoms fills the air.
Address: Via di Santa Sabina
Opening times: Daily, from sunrise to sunset
3. APPIA ANTICA
The first road that led to roam, Appia Antica, is over 2000 years old. The incredible greenery of the Caffarella Valley, scattered with ancient ruins including remains of Roman aqueducts, provides a lovely place to explore. Pack a picnic and begin just past Porta di San Sebastiano, where you might also consider renting bikes.
Information Point & Bike Hire Address: Via Appia Antica, 58
Opening times: Mon – Sat 9.30am – 1pm & 2pm – 5.30pm, Sun 9.30am – 5.30 pm
Sit down with a gelato and take in your surroundings in Piazza di Spagna. After, scale to the top of the steps for a splendid view of the historic center. If you’d like to duck out of the crowds, check out the Keats and Shelley House, nearby. Peer into the lives of past Romantic poets who fell in love with the eternal city.
Address: Keats and Shelley House: Piazza di Spagna, 26
Opening times: Mon – Sat 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 6pm, Closed Sun
Il Gianicolo provide what are perhaps the most spectacular views of Roma. Walk along the tree-lined path. Sit a while in the shade and be sure to ask a stranger to snap a photo of you. No matter what happens between you and your love, you’ll appreciate the memory of this romantic afternoon in the faraway future.
Address: Via del Gianicolo
6. MONTE MARIO & “THE PATH OF LOVERS”
Oh, Rome. Such beautiful, sweeping views there are to behold. Go to the top of Monte Mario and walk along “the path of lovers”. At the Monte Mario Observatory you can also stargaze with your beau.
Address: Riserva Naturale di Monte Mario
Opening times: from sunrise to sunset
7. CASTEL SANT’ANGELO & THE TIBER RIVER AT NIGHT
Take a nocturnal walk through Rome. Start at the “Bocca della Verità”, or the Mouth of Truth, and walk along the river until you fall upon the great Ponte Sant’Angelo bridge. As you cross it, and approach the illuminated Castel Sant’Angelo, massive statues of angels beam down upon you.
The Trevi Fountain, once of Rome’s most famous sites, is massive, beautiful Baroque fountain. Travelers come to toss coins behind their back into the water—to ensure luck and a return to the city. The fountain is being restored and is expected to remain partially covered in scaffolding until October 15, but visitors are now able to cross a footbridge over it, so you can get up close to the structure. If you’re up to the adventure, visit the fountain before 6am to steal some magical time unperturbed by others.
Address: Piazza di Trevi
9. THE PANTHEON
The oculus, or open-air opening in the dome of the Pantheon, is an ode to the beauty of the cosmos. Bring your sweetheart to gaze at the prodigious rotunda—from the outside and the inside it is awe-inspiring.
Address: Piazza della Rotonda
Opening times: 8.30am – 7.30pm
10. THE COLOSSEUM
Don’t forget to steal a kiss in front of the Colosseum!
Address: Piazza del Colosseo
Opening times: 8.30am – 6.15pm
11. TREATS AT CONFETTERIA MORIONDO & GARIGLIO
Near the Pantheon, purchase some aphrodisiacs (chocolate!) at the Confetteria Moriondo & Gariglio. Find divine sweets that the Roman poet, Trilussa, wrote sonnets about in this shop.
Address: Via del Piè di Marmo, 21/22
Opening times: Mon – Sun, 9am – 7.30pm
12. WINE AT IL GOCCETTO
A cute little winery near Campo De’ Fiori, is purportedly one of the first wine shops in Rome. Enjoy the charming atmosphere as you indulge in Italian wines and perhaps some delicious cheese.
Address: Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 14
Opening times: Mon 11.30am – 2.30pm, Tues – Sat 8.30am – 12.30am, Closed Sun
13. DINNER AT IL MARGUTTA
Wander to the elegant eatery, Il Margutta. On Via Margutta, an ivy covered street off of Piazza del Popolo, you’ll find the restaurant among a strew of art galleries. Fresh food in an intimate atmosphere—does it get better than that?
Address: Via Margutta, 118
Opening times: Mon – Sun, 12.30pm – 3pm & 7pm to 11.30 pm
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