Rome, read backwards, is Love. The eternal city is one of the most romantic in the world and therefore a favorite destination for couples to celebrate their love. Today we guide our steps there to discover the beauty of the Italian city surrounded by art and history, a charming and picturesque city with Five romantic plans to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Rome, the Eternal City.
It is not difficult to find romantic places in the Italian capital, since almost any corner is ideal to enjoy with your better half and without a doubt it deserves to be visited for any occasion. We will always want to return to Rome and especially if we go with the best company.
The Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain is one of the most emblematic monuments of Rome and therefore also one of the most visited. But who can resist. It is a fantastic exponent of the Baroque of great dimensions, the largest fountain in the capital of Italy.
There are different versions about what it means toss a coin backwards to the Trevi Fountain, the most widespread is that this act assures the visitor that he will be able to return to Rome. According to the 1954 film “Three Coins in the Fountain”, throwing more coins into the water can have other different meanings: if you throw two coins you will have a new romance and if you throw three you will get married or divorced.
The famous scene from “La Dolce Vita”, one of Federico Fellini’s great masterpieces, takes place in the Trevi Fountain, in which Anita Ekberg bathes in it and invites Marcello Mastroiani to accompany her. Without bathing in it, lovers can make any wish by the fountain and seal it with a kiss in the most romantic spot in Rome.
A walk through Trastevere
Trastevere is a charming neighborhood with narrow cobblestone streets that invite you to take a romantic walk. Labyrinthine and picturesque, this neighborhood on the western bank of the Tiber offers a special atmosphere for couples. From the Sisto bridge we enter a neighborhood of Renaissance buildings and lively little squares.
Trastevere is a bohemian, original and colorful area, famous for its innovative and traditional Italian food restaurantsbreweries, small charming establishments and craft shops, simple and cheap accommodation…
In this beautiful district, corners such as the Piazza di San Calisto or the Piazza of Santa Mariapresided over by the central fountain in front of the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trasteverevery lively places in the afternoons and evenings when people go out for a drink in the surroundings.
One of the most romantic places in Trastevere is the Porta Settimiana and Villa Farnesina, a Renaissance villa with beautiful gardens by the river. Access to the mansion, decorated by Raphael himself, is given to us by none other than Cupid and Psyche. A place for love.
A cruise on the Tiber
Tiber cruises are one of the preferred options for sightseeing in Rome, you can choose a tourist boat to get on as many times as you want during the day or a more relaxed and intimate option. In any case, we will enjoy different views of the old bridges, such as the emblematic Sisto bridge and other essential places in the city such as Castel Sant’Angelo, Piazza del Popolo, the Mausoleum of Augustus…
With the silhouette of the dome of San Pedro drawing the horizon, cruise ships at sunset, when the city begins to light up, they are especially romantic. Some ships offer the possibility of enjoying a dinner in a more intimate, elegant and cozy atmosphere, sometimes with live music.
Villa Borghese Gardens
We now walk through one of the most beautiful parks in Europe, the Villa Borghese gardenswhich include different styles, from the Italian garden to large areas, English-style buildings, fountains and ponds… Everything for the enjoyment of lovers in a quiet and intimate place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the center of the capital .
The 80-hectare park is criss-crossed with paths that invite you to take romantic walks or stop to enjoy the views. A little more beans, in the Pincio gardens, at the top of the park, a viewpoint gives us great views of Piazza del Popolo.
What’s more, in Villa Borghese we can take a romantic boat ride: In the small pond there is the option of renting a boat to navigate it, among baroque fountains, ancient trees and the temple of Aesculapius. You may also be interested in a tour of the Borghese Gallery, a museum with authentic masterpieces by great artists, far from other crowded museums in the capital.
Parco Savello and the Orange Garden
By last, we don’t want to miss the most romantic sunset in Rome. We climb towards Mount Aventino, one of the seven hills of the Eternal City, to stop at Savello Park, also known as the Garden of Orange Trees (Giardino degli Aranci) due to the number of these trees that we find in it.
It is a park built in 1932 and much appreciated by both tourists and locals who are looking for some tranquility and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
This is an ideal spot to watch the sunset away from the crowds of the city, with the best views of the Eternal City, surrounded by pine and orange trees. The viewpoint overlooks the Tiber River and the profile of the hills, the domes, especially that of the Basilica of San Pedro, and bell towers draw the horizon.
On Valentine’s Day or any other time of the year, we hope you enjoy a romantic trip to Rome, the Eternal City that in its very name contains the letters of love. It’s always a good time to spend a Roman Holiday and soak up the La Dolce Vita of a captivating city.
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