5 Unusually Romantic Things to Do in Rome
By Kate Zagorski
What to do on Valentine’s Day in Rome
Rome is one of the most romantic cities in the world and a top destination for a Valentine’s Day getaway or an amorous escape at any time of the year. However, while iconic sights such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and the Piazza Navona are undoubtedly spectacular, some lesser-known parts of the city also provide a beautiful backdrop to dine, kiss or perhaps even propose…
Read on for our unique ideas on romantic things to do in Rome for a Valentine’s Day that you will never forget:
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 cobble-stoned alleyways, admire ivy-draped, terracotta buildings then eat in one of the neighbourhood’s excellent restaurants. Be sure to make a stop at pretty little Piazza Mattei to see its iconic Fontana delle Tartarughe (Turtle Fountain), one of the most charming and tranquil spots in the Eternal City.
Climb the Aventine Hill
One of Rome’s mythical seven hills, the Aventino, is largely a residential area therefore means it is often bypassed by visitors. However, a trip to the top brings you to the lovely Giardino degli Aranci, a stretch of park dotted with orange trees overlooking the historic Circus Maximus and the awe-inspiring ancient ruins of the Palatine Hill. Try to time your trip at sunset to see Rome at golden hour and soak up the magical view.
Dance Along the Ponte Sisto
The pedestrianised bridge that links the historic centre 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 the ideal spot to pause to whisper sweet nothings to your loved one. Buskers are usually lining the bridge, playing an atmospheric soundtrack to your amorous amble.
Visit the Protestant Cemetery
Although a cemetery might not immediately sound like a particularly romantic location, Rome’s Cimitero Acattolico is actually a whimsical oasis of calm in the chaotic city. The beautifully-maintained gardens and imposing Roman pine trees are a verdant backdrop to the final resting place of the English Romantic poets Keats and Shelley. The adjacent Pyramid of Cestius, which dates from the 2nd century BC, adds an ancient touch.
Take a Food Tour or Cooking Class
A couple that eats together, stays together so spend the annual celebration of love sharing some delicious Italian cuisine. Learn about and sample the local foods and wines of Rome while walking through of the most stunning areas of the city on a food or wine tour. Alternatively, hone your cooking skills with a professional chef at our idyllic kitchen with a breathtaking view of the Vatican and the Roman skyline.