11 Best Romantic Places In Rome, Italy

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With its history stretching over nearly 3,000 years, the city of Rome boasts of some of the most awe-inspiring sights in the world. It is also one of the most romantic destinations. Stunning architecture, delightful lookouts with unbelievable views, gorgeous art at every turn and not to forget the lively street life make it a fantastic destination to visit with your beloved and create memories of a lifetime. If you looking for romantic places in Rome you will be spoilt for choice! Choose from picturesque gardens and walkways, intimate cafes lining beautiful piazzas, terraces overlooking Rome’s magnificent monuments and charming bridges to create the perfect backdrop for exchanging sweet nothings with your love. So dive right in and find out which of Rome’s most romantic spots will add allure to your love story. Here is a list of the most romantic places in Rome, Italy.

1. Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy - May 2007
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The largest and the most beautiful of the fountains in Rome, Trevi Fountain showcases the incredible beauty of baroque art. You are likely to find it crowded but nonetheless don’t miss the opportunity to take in the extraordinary sight of this grand fountain with your beloved. For a particularly breath-taking experience, visit at night when the fountain is floodlit.

Trevi Fountain

Address: Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma

Website: Trevi Fountain

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2. Rome’s Rose Garden - contributed by Tour Guide, Jamie

Rome’s Rose Garden, or Roseto Comunale on the Aventine Hill is home to around 1,200 different varieties of rose! You can visit the garden for free from late April until mid-June each year. Before coming, be sure to check out the last day of the season where the public will be able to visit so you don’t miss out!

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3. Piazza Navona

This picturesque public square is a wonderful choice to spend a romantic evening. Walk around soaking in the buzzing atmosphere and explore the three beautiful fountains within it. As you walk, enjoy performances by musicians and artists like magicians or painters which are a perennial feature here, and check out stores lining the square. When you get tired, take advantage of the outdoor seating offered by the restaurants all around the square and see the world go by.

Piazza Navona

Address: Piazza Navona, 00186 Roma

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4. Villa Borghese gardens

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Get away from the frantic rush of crowds with a stroll inside the beautiful Villa Borghese gardens. This is the largest public park, located right next to Spanish Steps, that has several points of interest inside, the primary of which is the Galleria Borghese or Villa Borghese Gallery which contains several amazing pieces of art. But for a couple seeking some quiet time, there are lovely walking paths scattered with statues, fountains and even an artificial lake where you can rent a boat. An idyllic locale for a lovers’ rendezvous, isn’t it!

Villa Borghese

Address: Piazzale Napoleone I, 00197 Roma

Website: Villa Borghese

Price: Varies

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5. Rooftop Bar at Raphael Hotel

romantic places in rome | rooftop bar at raphael hotel
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Located off Piazza Navona, the rooftop bar at this hotel has magnificent 360-degree view of Rome that make it a perfect venue for a romantic dinner on special occasions like an anniversary. Despite being in a major area, the hotel itself is quiet so you can enjoy your time together. A little pricey, this bar serves only delicious organic, vegetarian cuisine.

Rooftop Bar at Raphael Hotel

Address: Hotel Raphaël, Largo Febo, 2 (Piazza Navona) - 00186 Roma

Website: Raphael Hotel

Opening hours: 12.00 pm - 10.00 pm

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6. Spanish Steps

One of the most recognizable sights of Rome, Spanish Steps is a popular gathering spot. The steps which go up to the scenic Franciscan Church of Trinita dei Monti are surrounded by 18th-century buildings giving it a majestic ambience. Sit on the steps with your love to simply soak in the atmosphere and watch the action down below at Piazza di Spagna which it overlooks.

Spanish Steps

Address: Piazza di Spagna, 00187 Roma

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7. The Orange Garden (Giardino degli Aranci)

Step away from the hustle and bustle of Rome city, by heading out to the Orange Garden which located on the Aventine hill, slightly away from the city centre. The garden has stellar views of the Tiber River and Rome itself and is a favourite spot for both locals and tourists. Walk around in the beautifully laid out grounds that gets aromatic with the perfume of the oranges. Then sit awhile on the terrace of the garden with your sweetheart watching the sunset. Don’t forget to look through the keyhole to see the St. Peter’s Basilica perfectly framed within it.

The Orange Garden

Address: Piazza Pietro D'Illiria, 00153 Roma

Website: The Orange Garden

Opening hours: 7.00 am to dusk

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Views from the Orange Garden The Orange Garden

The Orange Garden is just a short stroll from Circus Maximus. Head to the Giardino around sunset to see Rome bathed in golden light, then cross the river into Trastevere for a bite to eat! The little garden in the heart of town is a must-do for any sunset lovers on their Roman vacation.

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8. Ponte Sant'Angelo

Ponte Sant’Angelo or Bridge of Angels
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Ponte Sant’Angelo or Bridge of Angels is often called the most beautiful of bridges in Rome. Featuring 10 statues of angels which chronologically represent the story of the Passion of Christ, the bridge over Tiber River connects Rome’s city centre with Castel Sant'Angelo. The remarkable sculptures, the graceful architecture of the bridge that gives a beautiful view of the river below and its ethereal atmosphere make it a wonderful setting for a peaceful, languid stroll, particularly at night.

Ponte Sant'Angelo

Address: Ponte Sant'Angelo, 00186 Roma

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9. Colosseum

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Easily the most famous landmark of Rome, the Colosseum is an imposing monument that showcases the might of the Roman empire. The world’s largest amphitheatre has a lot of fascinating features, so try allotting sufficient time so that you truly appreciate the grandeur of the site. Don’t miss out on visiting nearby attractions, like the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum which are included in the ticket. Given its popularity, the Colosseum attracts massive crowds, so time your visit for either early in the morning or late evening and consider taking a tour so you don’t miss important points of interest.


Address: Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Website: Colosseum

Opening hours: 8.30 am to dusk

Price: 12 EUR (13 USD)

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10. Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

Teatro dell'Opera a Roma
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For those who appreciate art and music, going to a show at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma or Rome Opera House will be an incredible experience. Relatively small in size, it offers an intimate atmosphere but has an absolutely phenomenal décor. Featuring classical 19th-century furnishings – frescoed ceilings, red velvet seats and gilded decorations - and amazing acoustics, an evening of beautiful ballet or music in this historic opera house will transport you to another era! The opera house stages many performances, and to ensure you have seats for the show you want, book in advance.

Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

Address: 1 Piazza BeniamIno GIgli, 00184 Roma

Website: Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

Opening hours: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm

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11. Cruise tour on the Tiber River (from USD 40.0)

Bridge over Tiber River

The Tiber River or the Tevere as it is known locally winds its way through the ancient city of Rome and offers an alternative way to enjoy the sights of this beautiful city. Hop-on Hop-off cruises allow you to go along the river appreciating the spectacular views of the city’s landmarks such as the St Peter’s Basilica, Castel Sant’Angelo and Piazza del Popolo as well as the many stunning bridges. There are four piers at which you can board and get off, with boats arriving at a half-hour frequency. Yet another option is to go on an evening cruise. A perfect idea for a romantic evening, you will enjoy unparalleled views of the city along with either a multi-course Italian meal or wine/aperitif accompanied by live music.

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Tiber River Tiber River Tiber River

The Tiber River is one of my favorite places to visit during Spring! It holds a rich historical significance in Rome. It was central to the city’s foundation myth, with the legend of Romulus and Remus being rescued from its waters by a she-wolf. Throughout the ancient period in Rome, the river served as a vital artery for trade and transportation, connecting the city to the Mediterranean and beyond. Its strategic importance led to the construction of bridges and fortifications along its banks.

Today, the Tiber remains an iconic symbol of Rome, with many of its bridges and historic landmarks of the past still standing. The river continues to flow through the heart of the Eternal City, connecting its past to its vibrant present, open for a beautiful or historic stroll.

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Rome Tiber River Cruise with Aperitivo

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Rome has so much to offer that it makes sense for you to plan your itinerary carefully. Customize your visit so that your days have the vibe you want. Rekindle your romance in Rome!

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