Valentine's Day in Rome: 3 good reason to take your Valentine to Italy

Romance summed up in four words: Valentin's Day in Rome.

24 Jan 2019

There are all sorts of attractions guaranteed to make the Eternal City your best-remembered romantic get-away spot.

The most romantic places in Rome.

Looking for that perfect spot to enjoy Valentin's Day in Rome? For many, the most popular choice is the Ponte Milvio, where lovers come to place a padlock signifying their unbreakable bond. Meanwhile, Ponte Sant' Angelo is a great location for a romantic selfie or photo-op with St Peter's in the background. Alternatively, cinema buffs might favour the Trevi fountain, made famous by Fellini's classic movie La Dolce Vita. When it comes to romance, three's a crowd, so bear in mind that major landmarks like the Colosseum and the Forum can be extremely busy.

How to spend Valentine's Day in Rome.

Rather than breakfast in bed, you might want to start with coffee and pastries at a traditional Roman cafe such as Sant Eustachio near the Senate Palace. After that, a hop-on-hop-off bus tour is a fun way of taking in most of the city sights. For something even more exhilarating, try renting his and her Vespas. The ride out to the Via Appia Antica is particularly enjoyable on two wheels. Firms like Bici and Baci offers scooters, Segways and a choice of Vespa tours. Or, if four wheels is more your speed, several car-hire companies supply vintage Fiat 500s and other authentically Italian forms of transportation.

With many museums offering 2-for-1 specials, Valentine's is also a good day for art lovers. A visit to the Galleria Borghese will give you a chance to enjoy some quiet time and soak in great paintings and sculpture. Then, as the day winds down, you might want to sip an aperitivo at one of the bars around the Spanish Steps, followed by a dinner cruise on the Tiber, with floodlit views of St Peter's and the city's other great landmarks forming a breathtaking backdrop.

1 | Tips for Valentine's day in Rome.

Top tip: plan in advance. There's a lot of demand to spend a perfect Valentine's day in Rome, so unless you reserve tables and tickets, you might risk spoiling your perfect romantic break. If that sounds too calculating and controlled, there are still plenty of opportunities to be spontaneous if you're happy to simply explore the squares and side streets of this multi-faceted city.

Other ideas for Valentine's day in Rome.

Not in the mood for sight-seeing? Then how about a day of pampering at the spa. Set in Trajan's Park on what was once the site of the baths of Caracalla, QC Terme offers a full roster of hydro massages, saunas, aromatherapy and facials. With lunch and tea, you can enjoy a range of creature comforts without having to change out of your bathrobe. Another relaxing option is to take out a rowing boat on the lake of the Villa Borghese. Riding on an old tram through the centre of Rome is also well worth adding to your list of things to do.

2 | Shopping in Rome on Valentine's day.

Planning on rounding out your romantic break with a little retail therapy? The Via Condotti is one of the main shopping destinations, home to La Perla's flagship store, where you can shop for romance-inspiring lingerie and perfume. Just by the Spanish Steps is Godiva, a chocolatier packed with sweet treats for Valentine's Day. There are also lots of boutiques around the Piazza del Popolo. Here, you'll find the Gelateria ie Gracchi, an ice-cream parlour which makes for a delightful pit-stop. Also not to be missed is the Rinascente department store on Piazza Fiume. After flexing your credit card, you can make your way upstairs for a drink and snack in the charming rooftop restaurant.

3 | Romantic restaurants in Rome

Rome has no lack of atmospheric places to eat on Valentine's Day, with many restaurants fuelling the flames of passion by furnishing special menus. The Enoteca Ferrara in Trastevere offers intimate dining and authentic local recipes. For something more grand and formal, the L'Archeologia is a good choice, and it has a great location on the Via Appia Antica near the catacombs. Meanwhile, Madre is a Michelin-recommended establishment notable for its evocative décor.

Visiting Rome on valentine's day in 2019.

These are just a few of the myriad of options that make Rome such an appealing destination for a Valentine's Day getaway. Make sure to book the perfect accommodation in advance for your romantic getaway, such as the centrally located UNAHOTELS Decò Roma, that offers you the authentic Italian experience of hospitality, food and slick, modern decor.