Italians are known the world over for being people who love to love, so it’s no accident that Rome is one of the most romantic cities in the world. Romance is in Rome’s DNA; for those in love, there is no better city in which to honeymoon, create magical moments, be proposed to or snatch a kiss under the moonlight.
In ancient Rome, every Roman worshiped Venus – the goddess of love and beauty. She even ended up becoming a symbol of Rome’s imperial power. Today, the city boasts grand monuments, an endless number of fountains, quaint cobblestone streets and resplendent piazzas. You're super spoiled for choices to create your love memories of a lifetime.
Ponte Milvio: the 'love locks' bridge of Rome — Photo courtesy of Cucina Digitale
Catch a Roman Sunset
What could be more romantic than watching the sun set over the "Eternal City"? With so many vantage points to watch from, this is the most beautiful time of day in Rome.
Head to one of the many bridges that cross the Tevere (Tiber River) like Ponte Sisto, where you can see St Peters dome and the reflection of the city starts to take shape. Or take a walk north of the city to Ponte Milvio, Rome’s famous 'love locks’ bridge, where couples attach locks to the bridge as a token of their love and throw the key into the Tevere to reinforce it. Columns and chains have been purposely erected for this lovers' ritual.
Steal a Kiss at Gianicolo
Though not officially one of the Seven Hills of Rome, Gianicolo (Janiculum Hill) is certainly one of Romans' most loved. Lovers have been coming here to steal a kiss with the backdrop of Rome’s rooftops, ruins and domes for years.
The Fontana dell'Acqua Paola (colloquially referred to as er fontanone - "the big fountain") is located on the hill. It's another pretty spot for watching the world go by.
Enjoy a Candlelit Dinner for Two
For a romantic dinner, try the garden at Residenza di Ripetta, a luxury hotel built in an old baroque convent not far from the Spanish Steps. Or the Michelin three-starred La Pergola, which sits on the rooftop of the Hilton Waldorf Astoria and offers one of the most commanding views of the entire city. Their degustation could send you broke, but it might just be the perfect spot for a proposal!
Fontana di Trevi by night — Photo courtesy of Maria Pasquale
Stroll the Aventine
Rome's always full of tourists, so it's hard to find something in the city that's unique but quite away from the crowds. But just south of downtown, the Aventino district is a true gem and romantic as can be.
Head here for a passeggiata through the Giardini degli Aranci, a beautiful orange grove. Then continue to the magical Knights of Malta keyhole for a surprise view of St Peter’s Basilica that has to be seen to be believed.
Make a Wish at Trevi Fountain
Lovers have long congregated holding hands and stealing a kiss in front of the Trevi Fountain. Visit late at night to beat the crowds, and make sure you have some coins on you. Legend has it that you must throw two coins in - one for a wish and one to ensure your return to Rome.
Nothing is more romantic in Rome than sharing a kiss in the shadow of the world's most famous fountain.
A stroll, a dinner, a kiss under the moonlight all with the backdrop of the most beautiful city in the world - now that's romance!