10 Wonderful Romantic Things to Do in Rome
Let’s just start by saying that literally, every corner in Italy’s capital is romantic. Which means that, if you are looking for romantic things to do in Rome for couples, you won’t have to look too hard. Who is sensitive to art and beauty, is bound to get emotional at every step. However, if you are wishing to surprise your other half with something she or he hasn’t thought about, get ready for some flare.
Whether you are on your honeymoon or you just want to give a spark to your marriage, you are in the perfect city and we have just the right recommendations for you.
Romantic things to do in Rome: how to rekindle your passion in the Italian capital
What better place to give a new spark to your relationship than Rome? Not only Paris or Venice, but Italy’s capital is also a city that evokes romance at every step. Discover here the top romantic things to do in Rome.
1. A night stroll along the river is one of the first romantic things to do in Rome
Wherever you are in the city centre, a night stroll along the Tiber River is unbearably romantic. The lights from the world-famous attractions you visited during the day gently flicker in the calm waters making the ambience evocative and perfect to round off a date in Rome.
Some of the best spots for a romantic night stroll in Rome? Lungotevere Sangallo to Lungotevere degli Altoviti looking at the majestic construction of the Hadrian Mausoleum (Castel Sant’Angelo) and crossing the river on Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II or Ponte Sant’Angelo bridges.
Another wonderful walk is from Lungotevere dei Vallati cross Ponte Garibaldi bridge with the fantastic view of the Tiberina island and get to Lungotevere Raffaello Sanzio. From here you can either keep walking along the river or continue your romantic date in Trastevere.
2. A drink from the Terrace of the Hadrian Mausoleum
Be it from outside or inside, the Hadrian Mausoleum never disappoints the couples looking for some eternal splendour. A stunning view from the Lungotevere, Castel Sant’Angelo offers a great date idea from its Terrazza from where you can enjoy the view of the river from the other side.
Beautiful both day and night, in summer Castel Sant’Angelo extends its opening hours to midnight on weekends, Friday and Saturday. In winter, the terrace closes at 7.30 pm.
READ MORE: Castel Sant’Angelo is one of the top places to visit in Rome. Check out our Rome guide for first-time visitors if it’s your first trip!
3. Walk where Caesar and Cleopatra celebrated their love
Admired and hated at the same time, during her Rome stay, Cleopatra influenced many aspects of the local culture, the fashion, the religion and the private life. As history goes, she wasn’t so beautiful after all, but her intellect, high education and verve enchanted many men, among which Julius Caesar.
Possibly the most famous love story in Roman history, Caesar and Cleopatra lived together in the Horti Caesaris, roughly translating into Caesar’s Gardens, on the slopes of the Janiculum Hill.
What is more romantic than walking on the same steps where the legendary couple celebrated their love and made their eternal oath? Besides, the view from the Janiculum Hill itself is unbeatable.
3. A romantic dinner in Rome, a perfect date idea
With so many restaurants and beautiful views, it won’t be hard to find the perfect restaurant for a romantic date or if you want to treat yourself during your honeymoon in Rome.
Do you need some examples of Rome romantic restaurants? Surrounded by dim lights and a beautiful, recently revamped décor at the very central Casa Coppelle (Via delle Coppelle 49), SAID (Via Tiburtina 135) chocolate factory in San Lorenzo neighbourhood, perfect for dinner or aperitif, their chocolate-based cocktails are delicious, Antico Arco (Piazzale Aurelio 7), a fantastic restaurant on the Janiculum Hill, or Il Pagliaccio (Via dei Banchi Vecchi 129/a), classy decor and great food.
Find more great restaurants in Rome in our eBook “Tasting Rome by Neighbourhood“. You will have a choice of five fantastic itineraries to explore the lesser-known areas of the city with your other half!
READ MORE: For a great traditional meal in Rome, read our experience at Felice a Testaccio!
4. A couple spa package, one of the best romantic things to do in Rome
There are many hotels offering spa services in Rome including massage, sauna, hammam and several treatments, but also independent wellness centres. The spas in the city centre offer great couples spa packages with treatments as diverse as rituals on donkey milk or “wine therapy” experiences.
Soak in history and pampering self-care rituals in spa centres set in ancient buildings. Try some of the packages of places like the fantastic Spa at Trilussa Palace Hotel, Terme di Trastevere in the city centre, Essenza Spa in the Eur district, or Templum Salutis for nice Turkish bath experiences, a bit far from the city centre but well-connected to Termini station with bus n. 105.
If you want to spoil and surprise your other half, this is definitely one of the best things to do in Rome for couples.
5. Book a romantic hotel in Rome
With so many romantic hotels in Rome, you will be spoilt for choice. There are many hotels that offer packages and shape their services with couples in the lookout for some romance in mind. And I’m not talking only about special rates, but the stay itself.
HT6 Hotel in the city centre, in the heart of the Jewish quarter, has rooms particularly thought for couples. Some have a private Jacuzzi, some others even a private Turkish bath, some feature a chromotherapy shower.
A favourite among the best hotels for couples in Rome is SuiteSistina For Lovers located between the Spanish Steps and Barberini. The rooms are very charming, the decoration glamorous and romantic with round beds and warm, dim lights. Alongside the most modern comforts, some accommodations feature a private Jacuzzi perfect for romantic evenings in Rome.
Another great accommodation for honeymooners to book in central Rome close to Piazza Navona and Campo de’ Fiori is Hotel Lunetta. Here, guests will have cosy rooms, a lovely spa offering couples treatments and experiences and an outdoor terrace with a great view.
Treating yourself with the right hotel is a great way to experience romantic Rome.
6. Breathtaking views
If you are looking for romantic places in Rome to propose, get up one of the city’s hills and the view will do the rest. Spots like the Janiculum Hill, Giardino degli Aranci (Orange Garden) on the Aventine Hill, Pincio Terrace in Villa Borghese park are very romantic places in Rome.
If you need more date ideas in Rome, you can head to Monte Mario Hill, the tallest viewpoint in Rome called Zodiaco or also “Vialetto degli Innamorati”, Lovers’ Walkway. You can reach this spot through Via Trionfale and Mellini Park (here is the map). Thanks to the altitude, here is the Astronomical Observatory and the view the best in Rome, much appreciated also by German poet Goethe.
If you can’t make it to any of the panoramic viewpoints, don’t worry, you can admire great city views from many places in the city centre, such as the Terrace of the Vittoriano complex in Piazza Venezia, St. Peter’s Dome and the upper floor of Castel Sant’Angelo (Hadrian Mausoleum).
7. Cruise along the river
What can possibly be more romantic than a cruise along the Tiber in Rome? Pretty cliché but never gets old, really. They organise them both during the day and at night, you can book a hop on/hop off boat tour as well as a dinner with live music.
Whether you want to propose, you are looking for a nice date idea in Rome, want to admire the eternal city from a different perspective or just want to impress your other half, a cruise on its historic and important river is great any time.
They run from Spring to Fall and stop in winter. You can check and book some of the tours here.
8. Drink from the lover’s fountain
We all know the Trevi Fountain and likely all travellers have thrown a coin in the hope to come back to Rome. Yet, not many know that on the right side there is a small fountain called the lover’s fountain. According to the myth, if a couple drinks from this fountain, they will remain in love and together forever.
This was an ancient ritual where the young couple would drink from the same glass when the fiancé was about to leave for long periods of time like for the military service.
If this is not one of the sweetest things to do in Rome for couples, I don’t know what is.
10. A boat tour in Villa Borghese Lake
The Tiber is not the only place for a boat tour in Rome. The beautiful and evergreen Villa Borghese park can be incredibly romantic and renting a rowing boat on its little lake one of the best things to do in Rome for couples.
You can rent the boat from Via dell’Aranciera every day from 9.30 am to around sunset time all year long depending on the weather conditions. Cost is 3 euro per person for 20 minutes (€ 1.50 for children less than 110 cm height).
Get more info from Roma Capitale tourist portal here.
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