Eternal and immortal: these adjectives not only perfectly describe this ancient city, but could also describe the beginning of a life together, starting with your honeymoon. With layers of history, omnipresent antiquities, and elegant piazzas at every turn, Rome is filled with the sort of impromptu discoveries that make certain cities such memorable honeymoon destinations. Read on to discover the best romantic things to do in Rome.
Italy’s capital city has museums, romantic cobbled streets, outstanding monuments and world-class cuisine, making it an amazing first destination for newlyweds. Have you ever seen the ancient ruins at sunset? The Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum in the moonlight? And what about the view of the Janiculum hill?
Get ready to share breathtaking views of some of the city’s legendary hills, savour elegant dinners and stroll hand-in-hand across romantic bridges in the city that truly did invent romance.
Visiting Rome is a true journey into the past. With its amazing ruins, magnificent monuments, historical heritage, and unique charisma, it’s not hard to see why it’s one of the most visited places in the world.
Here is a list of the 10 top romantic things to do in Rome if you want spend some days with your loved one. Take a look!
Kiss at the Trevi fountain
Yes, I know, thousands of people do it there every day. But you are on your honeymoon, so any excuse for a kiss!
Trevi Fountain is one of the most romantic places in Rome: the marble statue of Neptune-the God of Sea, bordered by two Tritons, the spectacular artwork and its serene Baroque art allure tourists and especially couples making it one of the must places to visit in Rome.
But before you make your way back home, don’t forget to toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain! According to local tradition – and the film Three Coins in the Fountain – each coin you throw has a different meaning. The first guarantees a return to Rome, the second signifies new romance, and the third means marriage.
The best time to visit Trevi fountain is early evening when the azure evening light blends with the fountain and the bright street lights creating a romantic scene.
Rent A Vespa
One of the most fun and romantic things to do in Rome is hiring a Vespa and exploring Rome together just like the show in the movies.
Ride around the Colosseum, the narrow alleys and take in the fountains and monuments. Recreate the scenes of “Roman Holiday” starring Audrey Hepburn and rent a Vespa for you and your loved one to explore Rome together.
If you aren’t qualified to drive, or are terrified of the Roman traffic, there are plenty of alternative options. Rent a bike, take a seat in a chauffeured Fiat 500 or have a private guide in a 3 wheeled buggy. Anyone can join!
The rental price for a day is about 70 euro, and 120 euro for 2 days.
Go For A Romantic Stroll In Villa Borghese Garden
If serenity and bliss are on your mind, then spend some cosy moments with your beloved at Villa Borghese Garden. This is truly one of the immense romantic places in Rome to propose eternal love.
Villa Borghese is a landscape garden in the naturalistic English manner in Rome, which contains a number of buildings, museums, and attractions. It is one the most beautiful public parks in Rome,spanning over an area of 80 hectares.
It is a great blend of nature and Roman art. Alongside flourishing greenery, the garden is beautified with many Roman structures like the Villa Borghese, and Borghese Gallery and Museum.
It is one of the things for couples to do 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 until around sunset time all year long depending on the weather conditions. Cost is 3 euro per person for 20 minutes. Visiting this place becomes serves as a well deserved break after strolling around all over the city!
Relive the love story of Caesar and Cleopatra
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. Her beauty, 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 in the same steps where the legendary couple celebrated their love and made their eternal oath?
Gianicolo Hill is one of the most romantic places in Rome, with an unmatched panoramic view of the city that will leave you awestruck!
Tour The Town On A Horse Carriage
This is among the most romantic things to do in Rome, especially if you go for a ride in the evening. A breathtaking tour, relive the fairytale atmosphere of ancient times with a tour on drawn carriage in Rome like a king and queen.
Return to an era when the horse-drawn carriage was the only means of transportation: sit back and admire the highlights of Rome as a local horseman takes you on a trail of discovery.
The hubbub of the city will be overtaken by the evocative sound of horses’ hooves on the Roman cobblestones.
The local horseman takes you past the ancient landmarks of the city like the Mausoleum of Augustus and St. Peter’s Basilica, while also narrating the tales.
Prices from 350 Euro for two people (2 hours)
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A drink from the Terrace of Castel Sant’Angelo
Not far from the Vatican, the roof of this historical monument actually offers a spectacular and romantic panorama. Dipped in the nature, in one of the richest places of the city, you will get hugged by the perfumes and the colours of Rome, for a one-of-a-kind experience. The terrace of Castel Sant’Angelo seems to be the best place to spend some romantic time alone and find peace.
The view will leave you speechless, especially at sunset. On sunny days, when the sky is completely clear, you can admire the whole city in a magic and suggestive atmosphere.
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.
Panoramic Helicopter tour in Rome
Amongst the most romantic things in Rome is to witness dazzling views of the city as you sip a glass of Prosecco with your partner.
Seeing Rome from above will help you get a true sense of the city’s grandeur. If your budget allows it, you can opt for a hot-air balloon ride or a helicopter flight over Rome… There is no place like this for celebrating your love in Rome! The backdrop of the Eternal City will definitely capture your heart.
Sit back and relax as the helicopter glides over the city to give you a bird’s eye view of the monuments, the scenic countryside, the sea and the breathtaking skyline. Enjoy Rome from a different perspective, it’s a perfect gift to surprise your partner and shower them with love!
Price from 250,00 euros per person
Enjoy Breathtaking views
If you are looking for romantic places in Rome, 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.
There are many lovely viewpoints in Rome, but when it comes to romance, I believe the views from the Garden of Oranges on top of the Aventino are among the best.
The garden is a small park with a terrace overlooking the city and as well as being beautiful itself, it is in a gorgeous area; you can spend a whole evening here and it is one of the most romantic things to do in Rome.
Surrounded by medieval walls, on top of the Aventine Hill, the Orange Garden is a romantic and peaceful place that offers a breathtaking view of the city.
A nice fountain will introduce you in this green terrace, characterized by the presence of bitter orange trees all around: if you go there at the sunset, the sky will become a painting!
Going out from there, just down the street, in Cavalieri di Malta Square, you will find another pearl of this area. Looking at the right side, you will see a small hole in a large door and if you put your eye in that hole you will see St. Peter’s dome at the end of a tunnel of plants.
In no other place in the world, your eye can see something as amazing as this view! It’s the perfect place to steal a kiss or two!
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.
A night stroll along Tiber river
Wherever you are in the city centre, a night stroll along the Tiber River is unbearably romantic and it is one of the first romantic things to do in Rome. The lights from the world-famous attractions you visited during the day gently flicker in the calm waters making the ambiance evocative and perfect to round off a date in Rome.
Each small alleyway might lead to an unexpected square. Musicians play in the piazzas. If you are in Rome during the months of June, July and August, you are in for a treat at the Lungo il Tevere summer festival.
Lungo il Tevere has been going on since 2003, and it’s Rome’s biggest annual summer festival that flanks the Tiber River.
You can experience dance, music, and theatre in venues along the river, most of which are free. It’s located near the Trastevere side, and you can’t miss it if you head toward Ponte Sisto, the Sisto Bridge in Rome. There are numerous artisans selling their crafts, foosball tables to entertain yourself, locales with craft beers, places to dine… It’s a great place to meet up with friends and enjoy Rome’s summer evenings near the Tiber.
The festival opens at 6:00 pm every day and goes until nearly 1:00 am. It will get super busy after the Italian dinner hour, so try and go between 6:00 – 9:00 pm. You will love the buzz.
Romantic day trip from Rome
Apart from its numerous sites, Rome is an excellent base to explore other places in Italy.A short 1-hour train ride will take you to the home of the Margherita pizza.
Naples has a unique charm that’s definitely worth experiencing. A trip to Naples can be combined with a visit to the ruins of Pompeii.
One of the best options to escape the hustle of a big city like Rome is Tuscany. And the best part is that it’s only 1.5 hours away by train.
This area is considered the most fascinating in Italy for many locals. It offers beautiful landscapes and some of the best wine in the world. What else can you ask for? You couldn’t imagine a trip to Italy without seeing The David in Florence or going to one of the small towns in the countryside link San Gimignano.
- With its rich history, numerous monuments, mild weather and delicious food, you could easily stay in Rome for weeks. If you have a limited time, however, it’s important to make the most of your holidays. If you just want to visit the main sites on your honeymoon such as the Colosseum, the Fontana di Trevi and the Vatican, you could squeeze everything in 3 or 4 days.
Best time to visit Rome
If you’re planning a honeymoon in Rome, consider a trip during the shoulder seasons. Generally, the best months for visiting are April-June, plus late September and October. Also keep in mind that in late August, much of the city shuts down as locals go on holiday.