As well as being steeped in history, Rome is a wonderful place to visit on a romantic trip. The food, the culture and the atmosphere are all without compare, and it’s a perfect city to visit for a weekend break with a loved one.
That’s why we’ve collected our six favourite picture perfect couples’ spots in Rome. With this guide in hand, you can quite easily see them all in a couple of days with time left over to sample the local food and enjoy a gelato or two.
Kiss One: Piazza Navona
The centrepiece of this magnificent square is the renowned Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, which features four masterfully carved river gods, and over which towers an ancient Egyptian obelisk. If this isn’t your cup of tea, there are two other fountains, one of which features a person wrestling a dolphin, while the other shows Neptune fighting a large octopus. The expansive square and the range of different sculptures and fountains makes this an ideal spot to snap a few jealousy-inducing shots for your friends back home!
Kiss Two: The Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain is possibly the most famous fountain in Rome, if not the world. It’s equally beautiful in the bright Mediterranean sun or at night, lit beautifully by carefully placed bulbs, and legends abound regarding the tradition of throwing coins in there, as well as the properties of the water. Be sure to flick in a coin of your own, and watch as it drops to the bottom among the sparkling carpet of coins that’s there already. If your wish comes true, you’ll really have a story to tell!
Kiss Three: Travestere
Travestere is an especially picturesque part of Rome. From the outside it’s characterful, with winding streets and lots of charm, while the interiors of its historic buildings are replete with mosaics and frescoes. Travestere is a great place to wind down the day, as it features a number of locally beloved bars and restaurants where you can sample the local nightlife and drink cocktails late into the summer nights: it’ll be a weekend to remember.
Kiss Four: Villa Borghese Gardens
Villa Borghese’s gardens are a perfect example of England’s primary contribution to the Renaissance: the landscape garden. Perfectly maintained, the grounds of the villa feature immaculate lawns, a stunning lake and various buildings. It’s a great place for photographers to capture the landscape exquisitely, and walking hand-in-hand with your partner through these gardens is an experience like no other. While you’re here, art lovers are recommended to visit the Galleria Borghese to soak up even more culture.
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Kiss Five: Lungotevere
Lungotevere is a gorgeous riverside boulevard, running alongside the Tiber. An early morning walk here with your partner is simply unforgettable: there’s just something about the morning sunlight glinting off the river and the peaceful atmosphere that makes Lungotevere perfect. The mirror-smooth waters of the river and the way they reflect the light makes for an enviable backdrop for your romantic walk.
Kiss Six: Giardino Degli Aranci
Giardino Degli Aranci is an orange grove. Come when the trees are in flower or in fruit, and spend a long, lazy evening walking in the shade, smelling the heady fragrance of citrus. The garden is very quiet too, allowing you and your lover to lose yourselves among the fruit trees.
And that’s just it: there’s nothing much to Giardino Degli Aranci, just the simplicity of the rows and rows of perfumed trees and the feeling of being alone in the world with your loved one.
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How to Get to Rome
Several airlines, including Lufthansa and Ryanair, fly from London (mostly Stansted or Gatwick airports), averaging around £170 including a return trip. Flight time is around two and a half hours and most flights are non-stop. Then a 40-minute airport transfer will take you from Fiumicino airport to Rome. We recommend taking some empty checked luggage, as you’ll have more than a few opportunities to shop for yourselves and for gifts.
Rome’s main train station is Roma Tiburtina, and it’s well-connected to the European rail network. You can catch a train from major European rail centres, and there are plenty of local trains as well. If you’re planning on inter-railing, Rome’s transport connections make it an absolute treat.
By sea, Rome is served by Civitavecchia. Ferries are available from Barcelona and Porto Vecchio in France, as well as from Sardinia and Sicily. After this, you can take a transfer service, which will have you in Rome in around an hour.
Where to Stay:
Hotel Adriano – With an excellent central location in a beautiful 17th century building, Hotel Adriano is ideal for people who want to see as much as possible as quickly as possible. The hotel’s facilities are up to date as well, with free, reliable Wi-Fi and a gym, and the décor gives the rooms a distinctly romantic vibe.
Hotel Antica Locanda – A treat for history buffs, Hotel Antica Locanda’s location within Rome’s historic centre means that it oozes atmosphere. There’s a late-open restaurant on site, and the attention to detail is exquisite, with double glazed windows and climate-controlled rooms.
Hotel Italia – Cool and modern, Hotel Italia doesn’t sacrifice comfort for function. The hotel is only a five minute walk from the Repubblica Metro Station, and only a ten minute walk from Termini Train Station, making it perfect for those who like to hop around during their holiday.
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