🇮🇹 6 Things to do on a Rome-antic Break
Rome…romance, it just works, doesn’t it? Despite its brutal and gory history of gladiatorial games and Colosseum showdowns, today, the Italian capital is regarded as one of the most romantic cities in the world, making it the perfect destination for a couples retreat.
With that in mind, here are some of the most romantic things you can see and do in Rome with your loved one.
Scale the Spanish Steps
In a city that boasts a plethora of landmarks and sightseeing opportunties, The Spanish Steps are quite literally on another level. The 135 steps date back to 1725 and were designed by Francesco de Sanctis and have been an iconic landmark of Rome ever since.
Not only can you admire the beauty of the surroundings. but at the foot of the steps sits Keats-Shelley House, a museum dedicated to the English Romantic poets who were spellbound by the Eternal City.
Take a Tiber River Cruise
A Rome Boat Cruise along the River Tiber is a great way to take in the majestic sights that The Eternal City has to offer, such as St Peter’s Basilica. There are a range of cruises available, like Hop On Hop Off Cruise, Wine Bar Cruise, and Dinner Cruise with Live Music, each with its own separate charges and timings, so just pick the one that suits you both the best, and indulge in one of the most romantic things to do in Rome.
Enjoy a romantic stroll in Villa Borghese Garden
If you’d like to escape the hustle and bustle of Rome’s most popular hotspots, why not visit the beautiful Villa Borghese Gardens? Built in the 17th century, it is the third largest public park in Rome, spanning over 226 acres. Alongside flourishing greenery, the garden is scattered with many Roman structures like the Villa Borghese, and Borghese Gallery and Museum.
The park also has a romantic boating lake surrounding a central island where you’ll see the the 19th century “Temple of Aesculapius” sat proudly. Boat rentals are inexpensive – just €3 (£2.20) per 20 minutes per person!
Rome by night
If you think Rome is beautiful by day, by night it’s something else. The famous landmarks are lit up and Eternal City burns bright like an eternal flame.
Take a sunset stroll through the orange trees of Giardino degli Aranci on Aventine Hill, enjoy a drink (or three!) on one of Rome’s countless rooftop bars, or simply revisit your favourite Instagram-worthy landmarks you saw during the day to see them in a different light!
It’s perhaps a bit clichéd, but a couples retreat to Rome wouldn’t be complete without a visit to The Trevi Fountain. Featured in some of Hollywood’s greatest love stories, Trevi Fountain as acquired a reputation for being a romantic hotspot for lovers of all ages.
Legend has it that if you throw a coin over your shoulder into the fountain, you’ll be guaranteed a return visit to Rome – for a honeymoon or future anniversary perhaps?
Simply roam around….
Of course, for all the popular sightseeing tips we can offer, it’s often said that the real magic of Rome comes from simply roaming around and exploring its nooks and crannies at your own pace.
Wander the countless ivy-encrusted cobbled streets and you’ll discover everything from bustling market squares, to quaint budget cafés, to extravagant rooftop bars and restaurants overlooking the magnificent Roman architecture.
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