February is the month of love, Saint Valentine is quickly approaching and we already feel the presence of his cheeky little cupid striking us when we least expect. Having switched to romantic mood myself I very much feel the need to talk about my favourite place in the whole world, Rome, and give you a hint of its most romantic places where to get engaged and maybe get married too!
Here are our top spots and a few tips:
Giardino degli Aranci (garden of oranges) on the Aventine hill where from the garden terrace you can enjoy, especially at sunset, a breath-taking view of the ancient Rome, the Tiber river and take in the lovely scent of oranges. This is also a fantastic spot for wedding pictures of newly wed couples. The garden is surrounded by ancient monasteries such as the Basilica of Santa Sabina and the renowned keyhole (Knights of Malta’s keyhole) always depicted in postcards, through which you can see the whole view of Rome and his famous vaults.
The Pincian Terrace at Villa Borghese during the day it offers beautiful views over Rome and the nearby Casina Valadier restaurant is the ideal location for a very romantic candlelit dinner.
For evening proposals we suggest the Terrazza del Gianicolo with stunning views over the city. What a wonderful place for you first ever kiss! And you can continue the evening with a good Roman pizza or dinner in Trastevere, a very characteristic ancient neighbourhood of Rome.
On the Monte Mario Hill is the astronomic observatory and the Zodiac roof-terrace, again with stunning views of Rome.
Hire a Vespa and spin around the centre of Rome, Vacanze Romane style
Have a walk around the romantic little squares and alleys of the Suburra
Make a wish and throw a coin in the Fontana di Trevi, with its white marbles and statues it will surprise you even more at night-time.
Hold hands while going down the Spanish Steps of Trinità dei Monti where in the nearby Via Condotti, when your lady is shopping in Prada you can pop into one of the posh jewellery shops and choose a wonderful rock for her.
Romantic sunset on the terrace of Castel Sant’Angelo with a view on Saint Peter’s.
Promise each other eternal love by inserting your hand in the Mouth of Truth. Legend has it that if you don’t say the absolute truth you will have to say farewell to your hand and to your lover!
A romantic after dinner stroll at the Isola Tiberina near the ghetto neighbourhood (Portico of Octavia) amongst its alleys, Roman remains, delightful small squares with their fountains and grand facades.
Another renowned romantic place is Ponte Milvio which in recent years has been attracting couples who use a lamppost on the bridge to attach love padlocks as a token of love and then throw the key behind them into the Tiber.
Villa Borghese where couples can hire a boat, this is an insider tip not known to tourists…
Villa Celimontana on the Celio Hill and its gardens with views on the Colosseum, Circo Massimo and Caracalla.