Few experiences are more romantic than strolling through Rome’s ancient streets with the palm of a loved one in one hand and an ice-cold gelato in the other. With beautiful sights all around you and clear blue Italian skies above, the Eternal City is truly the place for star-crossed lovers. Here are ten of the most romantic things to do in Rome.
Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain
A shining example of Roman sculpture, the beautiful Trevi Fountain has inspired many amorous moments both in real life and on screen, including Fellini’s timeless La Dolce Vita. Remember: it’s two coins for a new romance, and three for marriage.
Marvel at the Renaissance artistry of the Vatican
You don’t need to be Catholic to have a religious experience admiring the stunning Renaissance artwork like Raphael’s transfiguration. From the gorgeous Sistine Chapel to St Peter’s Basilica, jump the queues together on our Rome Explorer trip.
Pausing on the Spanish Steps for a gelato
The Spanish Steps are the place where the original romantics are remembered, in the form of the Keats-Shelley House, located to the right of the steps. It’s easy to see why the two great poets loved coming here: the steps are as suitable for lengthy poetic musings as they are for a leisurely ice-cream.
Take a pasta-making course together
For a gourmet experience that puts the Roman in romance, take a culinary class where you can both learn to cook authentic Italian pasta together. You can indulge in this on our Rome Explorer trip.
Admire the incredible Pantheon
With its domed ceiling and grand columns, the ancient Pantheon temple is imposingly beautiful. Visit to enjoy a moment of serene quiet with your loved one, in the middle of the bustling city.
Strolling around Villa Borghese
Every corner of the exquisitely landscaped Villa Borghese gardens is a sight to behold. If you’re searching for a spot that balances natural beauty with stately cultivation, this is a walk in the park.
Drinking in the view from Tivoli
Located just outside of Rome, take a trip to the small town of Tivoli for sights that are guaranteed to enrapture. The fountains, pools and architecture in the gardens will inspire your own love story.
Shop in the boutiques of Via Veneto
Via Veneto’s elegant bars, restaurants, and boutiques were frequented by the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel in the 1960s. Given its illustrious reputation, it’s no surprise this area was at the heart of la dolce vita in the 60s.
Be captivated by the majesty of the Colosseum
Tread the footsteps of the ancients and have a date where they would have done! These are the remarkable ruins of the ancient amphitheatre, where citizens went to watch exhilarating battles nearly 2000 years ago.
Experience heart-stopping moments at Piazza Navona
This cobbled city square is the place to spend a sultry afternoon watching the world go by as you sip slowly from your espresso in the true Italian fashion. Don’t miss the Fountain of Four Rivers, which can be found here.
With all these opportunities for magic moments, you and your partner can’t fail to have the perfect romantic getaway in Italy’s capital. On our Rome Explorer and Italian Glory Summer trips to Rome, you’ll have incredible insider experiences that give you an authentic taste of the city.
Image credits: Main image © iStock/franckreporter. Gelato © iStock/maroznc. Trevi © iStock/sborisov. Pantheon © iStock/boggy22. Tivoli © iStock/MassimoMerlini.