The Romance of Rome: Things to See & Do

Wednesday, 2 Jun 2021 - 5 mins read
by Stefania

The romance of Rome is a blog that can go two ways. One that discusses the legend that is the city and another that focuses on how romantic the city is. Rome is probably one of the fewest cities in the world that carries in its streets austere history and the tenderness of love at the same time.

Old Rome has myths older than many contemporary cities and it still blends seamlessly in with even the most modern ideas of love. That is probably why Rome has such an aura of romance about it. The city breathes every emotion loudly with angry statues, statues depicting all emotions, and none to subtly. But everywhere there is an almost palpable sense of love, of the architects for their beautiful buildings both new and ancient, of the artists for their creations that adorn every street corner of Rome, of the city dwellers for this beautiful city.

The legend of Rome

The history of this ancient city is well known, and luckily for visitors, not bound in books alone. It lives and breathes in the city as its oldest dweller.

Baths of Diocletian

Just across the street from Roma Termini (Rome’s main train station) is the Baths of Diocletian, the largest, most extravagant of all ancient baths. So large was the bath that it could, simultaneously, fit three thousand bathers. Though much of the ancient structure is lost, it incorporates within it today the National Museum of Rome (in the main hall), the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri (in the tepidarium), and the church of San Bernardo alle Terme (in one of the two rotundas at the corner of the garden). The Baths of Diocletian was built by Emperor Diocletian who wanted them to be grander than the, almost a century older, Baths of Caracalla. The ruins that stand today give only a glimpse into the grandeur that existed during its time.

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Baths of Caracalla

Covering almost thirteen hectares, the Baths of Caracalla is a popular tourist site. Even today, as you walk up the street from the Bath you can almost hear the chariots that, legends say, the roman soldiers rode on their way to the Bath after watching a duel in the Colosseum.

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The Roman Colosseum, built to seat fifty thousand spectators, is the oldest (inaugurated by Titus around 80 AD) amphitheater of its kind in antiquity. Not just because of its sheer size, but also because of its intricate planning that allowed the staging of magnificent spectacles, the Colosseum is a marvel of Roman engineering along with being an example of the extraordinary Roman architecture.

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St. Peter in Chains

Michelangelo’s Moses that sits in San Pietro in Vincoli (St. Peter in Chains) is just a small part of the original plan of forty statues, but its brilliance is still visible to every visitor. So lifelike had the artist felt his own work to be that he was supposed to have struck the knee of the statue and said ‘Now speak!’ The mark is still there!

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Vatican City

Then there is the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world. Michelangelo’s Pieta that sits in the church is the artist’s only work that was signed by him. Other than being the command center of Christianity and the official residence of the Pope, the Vatican is also home to one of the most visited museums in the world. Within the walls of the Vatican Museum is the Sistine Chapel. With some of the most famous religious frescoes of the Christian world, the Sistine Chapel, today, is the site of the papal conclave. Twelve thousand square feet of ceiling space with the ‘Creation of Adam’ as its centerpiece and the Last Judgment on the final wall were all painted by Michelangelo.

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The Romantic City

It was more than half a century ago that Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck wandered through the streets of Rome on a scooter and sealed the city, in every moviegoers’ mind, as the most romantic place on earth. Rome did not, however, need the movie. The romance of Rome touches all visitors, those who come to celebrate their own personal romance and those who come hoping to find it soon.

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Orange Garden

You cannot get a more romantic spot than the Giardino degli Aranci on the summit of the Aventine Hill. Here you can enjoy a sweeping panorama over the city, with stunning views of St Peter’s.

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Spanish Steps & Piazza Navona

From the top of the Spanish steps you can catch a breathtaking view of the city. The old baroque buildings and the small trattorias around Piazza Navona have been the setting of many a romantic scene in films from the world over.

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Trevi Fountain

Fontana di Trevi is another famous landmark of Rome. It is the largest of all baroque fountains in Rome. It is believed that throwing one coin into the fountain over one’s shoulder ensures a return to the city, two ensures new love and three guarantees a marriage or a divorce. Such is the romance of the city that, reports say, tourist throw in thousands of Euros daily into the fountain.

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Rome is like a time machine in which you can stroll down a half medieval, half-modern street allowing everyone to create a memory of their own.

3 of Rome’s Most Romantic Hotels

Whether you want to plan a special trip for Valentine’s Day, a wedding, honeymoon, or anniversary, the Eternal City is a great destination for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Here a list of 3 of the most romantic hotels in Rome for an intimate city stay.

The Fortyseven ****

Boasting a panoramic rooftop restaurant, the Fortyseven is a boutique hotel in the historic center of Rome, located just 520 meters from the Giardino degli Aranci. – click here for prices!

The Inn at the Spanish Steps ****

The Inn at the Spanish Steps is one of Rome’s best-kept secrets. A small luxury hotel with a beautiful terrace overlooking the steps and a wonderful place for a romantic journey for two. – click here for prices!

Bio Hotel Raphael – Relais & Châteaux *****

The Bio Hotel Raphael – Relais & Châteaux  is a luxury boutique hotel located in the very heart of Rome, just one street from Piazza Navona. Its roof terrace features panoramic views of Rome, from St. Peter’s to the Pantheon. – click here for prices!

Are you planning a romantic trip to Rome?

The opportunities for romance in Rome are seemingly endless. Whether you are planning your honeymoon trip, an adventure to mark an important anniversary or simply a relaxing escape as a couple our travel designers can create the romantic escape you both will remember forever.

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