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10 Romantic places in Rome

Rome makes you fall in love at first sight. One of the most romantic cities in the world full of landscapes that will make you feel a real crush, visit them with your love and let Cupid do the rest!

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

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10 Romantic places in Rome

View of Villa Borghese Park | ©Sbmeaper1

Rome is historic, monumental and tremendously beautiful. The perfect scenery to walk hand in hand with your love and to live together a passionate story to remember and to tell for years to come.

Rome is a city full of secret corners from which you will leave more in love than when you arrived. Do you want to discover 10 romantic places in Rome where you can live a magical and unforgettable moment with your special someone? Read on!

1. The Orange Garden

Couple in the Orange Garden| ©Eric Parker
Couple in the Orange Garden| ©Eric Parker

One of the most emblematic parks in Rome where you can take a romantic stroll is the Garden of Oranges, a haven of peace located on the Aventine Hill a little away from the center of Rome, where you can enjoy nature and disconnect for a moment from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The Orange Garden is also an ideal place to have a picnic in the shade of its pine trees while listening to the sound of the water of the fountain in the background. In addition, from its viewpoint there are beautiful panoramic views of the city. From there you can see St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza Venezia, the Trastevere neighborhood and the rest of Rome at your feet.

If you have the opportunity, I recommend you to visit the Orange Garden at sunset because contemplating the cityscape while the sun goes down little by little and the lights of the monuments of Rome turn on is one of the most magical moments you will experience during your vacation.

  • Address: Piazza Pietro D'Illiria, 00153 Rome RM, Italy
  • How to get there: By subway, line B station Circo Massimo.

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2. The Cloister of St. John Lateran

Basilica of St. John Lateran| ©Ana Rey
Basilica of St. John Lateran| ©Ana Rey

During your stay, one of the most romantic places in Rome that you can visit is the medieval cloister of the Basilica of St. John Lateran. It is the first church built in the city back in the fourth century and is one of its four major basilicas, that is, the most important temples of Catholicism by papal designation.

The cloister of St. John Lateran is one of those treasures of medieval Rome that still remain in the city and its coquettish nineteenth-century garden of olive trees and palms is a romantic reminder of times past.

Cosmatesque in style, with its mosaics and spiral columns, it is one of the most beautiful cloisters you will see in the city's churches. You can visit it from 9 AM to 6 PM, every day of the week.

  • Address: Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano, 4.
  • How to get there: By subway, line A, station San Giovanni.

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3. Trevi Fountain

A kiss at the famous Trevi Fountain| ©Riccardo Lalia
A kiss at the famous Trevi Fountain| ©Riccardo Lalia

Not only is it the most beautiful fountain in the city, but it is also one of the most romantic places in Rome and a must on every guided tour of Rome. Tradition has it that if you throw three coins into the water of the Trevi Fountain you will marry the love of your life. But beware! This can't be done in any way but by correctly fulfilling the ritual: with your back to the fountain and throwing the coins with your right hand over your left shoulder.

The Trevi Fountain is one of the most iconic monuments in Rome, so you will always see it full of tourists, especially during the summer (the busiest time of the year to travel to the city).

However, there are two times of the day when you can enjoy the grandeur of this fountain and a romantic and intimate moment with your companion: at dawn with the first rays of light or after midnight, while it remains illuminated.

  • Address: Piazza di Trevi. 00187, Rome.
  • How to get there: By subway, line A, Barberini station.

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4. Sant'Angelo Bridge

View of the Castle and Sant'Angelo Bridge| ©Radek Kucharski
View of the Castle and Sant'Angelo Bridge| ©Radek Kucharski

Another of the romantic places in Rome that you must visit during your trip is the Sant'Angelo Bridge, one of the most beautiful and ancient bridges in the city that crosses the Tiber River to connect with Hadrian's Mausoleum, an ancient fortress from where you can see some of the best views of Rome.

I recommend visiting the Sant'Angelo Bridge at sunset, a spectacle to behold! The beauty of this Roman bridge of almost two millennia of history decorated by some beautiful statues

  • Address: Lungotevere Castello, 50.
  • How to get there: By bus, lines 23, 34, 49, 64 and 87.

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5. The Sisto Bridge

Sisto Bridge| ©Anthony Majanlahti
Sisto Bridge| ©Anthony Majanlahti

Rome is famous for its beautiful bridges. One of them is the Sisto Bridge, which was built in the 15th century to facilitate the passage of pilgrims to the sacred spaces of the city.

Today it is one of the romantic places in Rome to enjoy magnificent views of the Vatican in the distance, as well as the other bridges that cross the Tiber and the picturesque district of Trastevere. To start exploring it, I advise you to cross the Sisto Bridge.

There is so much to discover in this beautiful area! So get your camera ready because you won't be able to stop taking pictures. Especially at sunset, when it looks the most beautiful.

  • Address: Piazza Trilussa, 00153 Roma
  • How to get there: By bus, lines 23, 62, 81, 280 and 492.

6. Trastevere Quarter

Trastevere| ©Mario Sánchez Prada
Trastevere| ©Mario Sánchez Prada

Trastevere is one of the most charming and romantic neighborhoods of Rome. A place of bohemian air with narrow cobblestone streets to go for a nice walk to disconnect from the most touristy side of Rome and transport you to the past for a few moments.

Strolling through its streets you will discover small hidden gems, such as some medieval churches like the Basilica of Santa Maria located in the Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere or cozy stores where you can buy a special gift to surprise your partner.

I recommend that you take advantage of the walk through the Trastevere district to learn about the traditional cuisine of Rome and organize a romantic dinner. Here there are many restaurants with terraces where you can enjoy a unique evening that will be an unforgettable memory of your trip!

  • Address: On the west bank of the Tiber.
  • How to get there: By bus, lines 23, 280 and 780.

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7. Gianicolo Hill

Gianicolo Viewpoint| ©Wikimedia
Gianicolo Viewpoint| ©Wikimedia

After lunch or dinner in the Trastevere district, if you want to discover another of the romantic places in Rome I advise you to go to the Gianicolo hill, which is considered the eighth hill of the city. It is a very nice area to stroll and spend time with your partner.

From its viewpoint you will also have a wonderful view of Rome in all its splendor but you can take advantage of the visit to visit other places that are at the top and are very interesting as the Fontana dell'Acqua Paola, the church of San Pietro in Montorio or the Manfredi Lighthouse.

  • Address: Via Garibaldi, Salita di Sant'Onofrio, 00165 Roma
  • How to get there: By bus, line 870

8. Villa Borghese

VIlla Borghese Park| ©Sonse
VIlla Borghese Park| ©Sonse

Another of Rome's romantic places to visit during your stay, either on foot or by bike, is the Villa Borghese park.

It is located very close to the historic center of the city, so you will get there in no time. You will love to take a break in your tourist route and relax watching nature, as it is a beautiful park where vegetation and art blend harmoniously. Inside you will see beautiful sculptures and fountains surrounded by gardens and trees.

You can also take the opportunity to visit Villa Borghese if you have tickets for the Borghese Gallery, which is inside the park. It is one of the most famous museums in the world that houses important works by artists such as Caravaggio, Titian, Botticelli and Raphael, among others. Double reason to drop by!

  • Address: Piazzale Napoleone I, 00197 Roma
  • How to get there: By subway, line A station Spagna or Flaminio.

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9. The Pincio Terrace

View from La Terraza del Pincio| ©Morebyless
View from La Terraza del Pincio| ©Morebyless

After visiting the Borghese Gallery head west towards Piazza del Popolo. There you will find the Pincio Terrace, one of the most beautiful parks in the center of Rome from where you will have a fabulous view of the Vittoriano, St. Peter's Basilica, Castel Sant'Angelo and Piazza del Popolo itself.

Sunset is a very romantic time to go for a stroll among its tree-lined avenues and gardens. In addition, street musicians gather there whose melodies help to create a relaxed atmosphere. Perfect to enjoy it after an intense day of sightseeing.

If you want to surprise your partner at the Pincio Terrace, don't forget to buy a bouquet of flowers for your partner at the stalls of the vendors in the park, it will be a precious detail that he/she will love!

  • Address: Salita del Pincio, 00187 Roma
  • How to get there: By subway, line A Flaminio station.

10. The Milvian Bridge

Milvio Bridge| ©Fred Romero
Milvio Bridge| ©Fred Romero

In this list of romantic places in Rome could not miss the Milvian Bridge, very famous in popular culture and among young people for the novel Forgive me if I call you love by Federico Moccia to be the place where the protagonist couple swears eternal love by placing a padlock on the bridge and throwing the key into the Tiber.

Since then many couples around the world have wanted to emulate the lovers of the novel by placing their own padlock on the Milvio Bridge to seal their romance in the Eternal City.

How about bringing your own to surprise your partner with a romantic moment on this ancient bridge? It will be a very special moment that you will always remember!

  • Address: Ponte Milvio, 00196 Rome.
  • How to get there: By bus, line 32, stop Marshal Diaz - De Bosis.