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5 Unusually Romantic Things to Do in Rome

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What to Do on Valentine’s Day in Rome

Rome, one of the most romantic cities in the world, is a perfect destination for a Valentine’s Day getaway or a romantic escape at any time of the year. While iconic sights such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and Piazza Navona are undeniably spectacular, the lesser-known parts of the city also provide a beautiful backdrop to dine, kiss, or perhaps even propose.

Here are some unique ideas for romantic things to do in Rome for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day:

Stroll Through Rome’s Jewish Ghetto

The back streets of Rome’s Jewish Quarter are some of the most picturesque in the city. Weave your way through cobblestone alleyways, admire ivy-draped terracotta buildings, and dine in one of the neighborhood’s excellent restaurants. Be sure to stop at the charming Piazza Mattei to see the iconic Fontana delle Tartarughe (Turtle Fountain), one of the most tranquil spots in the Eternal City.

Climb the Aventine Hill

One of Rome’s mythical seven hills, the Aventino is largely a residential area and often bypassed by visitors. A trip to the top brings you to the lovely Giardino degli Aranci, a park dotted with orange trees overlooking the historic Circus Maximus and the awe-inspiring ancient ruins of the Palatine Hill. Time your visit at sunset to see Rome bathed in golden light and soak up the magical view.

Dance Along the Ponte Sisto

The pedestrian bridge that links the historic center of Rome to the Trastevere district dates back to the 15th century and offers a picture-perfect view along the Tiber River to the dome of St. Peter’s in the distance. Ponte Sisto is an ideal spot to pause and whisper sweet nothings to your loved one. Buskers often line the bridge, providing an atmospheric soundtrack to your romantic stroll.

Visit the Protestant Cemetery

Although a cemetery might not immediately sound like a particularly romantic location, Rome’s Cimitero Acattolico is a whimsical oasis of calm in the chaotic city. The beautifully-maintained gardens and imposing Roman pine trees create a verdant backdrop to the final resting place of the English Romantic poets Keats and Shelley. The adjacent Pyramid of Cestius, dating from the 2nd century BC, adds an ancient touch.

Take a Food Tour or Cooking Class

A couple that eats together, stays together! Spend the celebration of love sharing some delicious Italian cuisine. Learn about and sample the local flavors of Rome while walking through the most stunning areas of the city on a food tour. Alternatively, hone your cooking skills with a local chef . For a unique tasting experience, try our extra virgin olive oil or any of our many food experiences. They will literally blow you away!

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