Although the word romantic comes from the English word “romance” and not from the eternal city, Rome and romance go hand in hand. The city’s rich history, luxury shops and leading food scene make it equally perfect for a romantic getaway or flying visit.
Rome is full of things to do, so we’ve made a selection for you. Here’s our list of the most romantic things to do in Rome:
Make a wish in the Trevi Fountain
What’s more romantic than tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain and hope to go back to Rome with your beloved? The Trevi Fountain must be at the top of the list as the most romantic thing to do in Rome.
For a bite to eat, the Trevi Fountain stands in Piazza di Trevi with a selection of gelaterias and cafes to choose from. Enjoy the delicious gelato flavours as you sit by the fountain, and experience the landmark in all its glory.
Toast to Rome at sunset on the Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps are a stairway of 138 steps connecting Piazza di Spagna (the base) and Trinità dei Monti (at the top). Piazza di Spagna is probably one of the best known squares of Rome in the world and it’s home to one of Rome’s best shopping streets (Via Dei Condotti), with almost every designer brand you can think of. Piazza di Spagna is the perfect meeting at 6pm, when locals stop working and visitors go out for a stroll and they all meet there and go for an aperitif.
Climb to the top of the steps for the best view, buy yourself a bottle of prosecco, and toast to Rome as the sun goes down. You’ll be able to watch the bustling square of Piazza di Spagna turn from day to night as the crowds fade away.
Dine in Piazza Navona
The charming and very popular Piazza Navona encloses the Roman essence: typical buildings, traditional Italian restaurants and gelaterias, there’s plenty to see and visit. The location is simply perfect for a delightful romantic dining spot, with music from local musicians filling the air and the quirky appeal of artists displaying their paintings. If you are in Rome in the summer, we recommend eating a refreshing gelato after dinner sitting on the border of one of the fountains located in the square.
Take the lift to the top of Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele to enjoy the utmost romantic 360° panoramic view of The Eternal City.
Eat all the gelato
Italy is famous for its ice cream and gelato can be found on almost every corner of Rome. Giolitti’s is Rome’s oldest gelato shop, established in 1900 and still open to this day, and serves some of the finest gelato in all of the city. You’ll find it just a stone’s throw from the Pantheon, over on Via del Vicario.
If you want to enjoy an ice cream in a less crowded spot, head over to Gelateria La Paloma. This gelateria serves up a selection of the fruitiest flavours and exceptional chocolate options. It is is located along Sant’Andrea delle Fratte.
What’s more romantic than sharing a gelato in Rome?
Visit the Sistine Chapel
A day trip to the Vatican City and its museums is a must on your romantic trip to Rome – and the Sistine Chapel is one of the city’s hidden gems. Located in the Vatican Museums, it’s one of those moments that will take your breath away and will never forget in your life. With high-vaulted ceilings, detailed paintings of Bible imagery on every wall and ceiling, and the pristine marbled floors, it’s a chapel like no other. You’ll fall in love with it over and over again.
Rent a Vespa
Looking for something different to the standard walking tours or open top buses? Like all the classic Italian films, renting a vespa in Rome together says ‘romance’. The pair of you can romantically drive around Rome’s best sights, and arrange your own personal tour of the city.
Dine at the rooftop restaurant overlooking the Colosseum
If you want to spend the most romantic dinner ever, an evening at a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Colosseum is on top. At Michelin starred AROMA at Palazzo Manfredi, quintessential Rome is reflected in a menu of classic Italian dishes on a picturesque outdoor terrace offering an unparalleled Colosseum view. This is also an excellent place for a marriage proposal, For sure she will say “yes, I will”.
Enjoy a picnic in Villa Borghese
Villa Borghese can be a nice escape from the roman chaos for some romance. Villa Borghese is the third largest park in all of Rome and is ideal for both a stroll or good old-fashioned picnic in the Italian sun.
The park is home to museums, sculptures, architectural elements, fountains and Rome’s zoo. So, there’s plenty to do also in this park, or you can simply lie down on the lawn and watch the Roman sky gently embraced.