8 Valentine’s Day ideas that’ll impress your date

Valentines's Day in Rome ideas

How to spend Valentine’s day in Rome

Valentine’s day is at the doors and lots of us are still trying to figure out how to impress our date! But if you live in the Eternal City, you’ve got a jump on most people. We live in the mecca of love. We’ve got temples, ruins, amazing views, yummy food and hidden gems all around. Give one of these a go, it can’t be too hard to impress your date!

Sleeping in a cozy romantic treehouse

Valentines's Day in Rome ideas

We all wanted our own treehouse as kids. A place where we could unwind, relax and feel disconnected. But who said treehouses are only for children? Imagine a secret hideout, tucked away in the woods with beautiful views. Your private wooden shack suspended 8 meters from the ground. Cozy wooden walls, a private balcony overlooking the trees, completely immersed in the sounds of nature. If that’s not romantic, I don’t know what is. The good news is you don’t have to build your own treehouse, this time. You just have to get yourself to Viterbo to La Piantata, they’ll think about the rest.

Taking in the views of Rome

Giardino degli Aranci Rome

Living in the Eternal City has its perks. For one, we have some of the best views in the world. And what’s more romantic than admiring the views with your loved one? Take your other half to Il Giardino degli Aranci, perched on top of Aventine Hill, and don’t forget to peek into the keyhole of the Knights of Malta just footsteps away. To avoid the crowds, early morning is the best time to go. Another must-stop is Terrazza Caffarelli, between the Capitoline Museums and the Campidoglio. It’s the ultimate place to admire a picture-perfect Roman sunset.

Pamper each other at a luxury Spa

Why not treat yourselves to a romantic pampering session for two? Lucky for you, Rome Cavalieri offers a variety of options. They offer promotions on various spa experiences including “Chocolove” – a full body massage made with pure chocolate and hydrating chocolate body cream – and “Love Pampering” – a relaxing couple’s experience with the soothing perfume of Aromatherapy Associate’s essential oils. While at Hotel De La Ville you can choose between a Thermal Area Circuit with a 60-minute massage or the Thermal Area Circuit. Both are inclusive of Champagne, chocolate and strawberries with access to their Mediterranean salt inhalation room, steam room, sauna, ice fountain, hydro pool, plunge pool and Kneipp foot baths.

A romantic candlelit dinner

Treat yourselves to a fantastic dining experience in one of these restaurants with a view. Imàgo is a Michelin-starred restaurant that graces you with unparalleled views coupled with delicious fine dining. Aroma is an intimately styled Michelin-starred restaurant with less than 30 tables, sitting next to the Colosseum. La Pergola is the only three-star Michelin restaurant in Rome. Mirabelle has a romantic ambiance coupled with breathtaking views of the Villa Borghese gardens. And 47 Circus offers a romantic show of lights on the Roman monuments while tasting delightful Mediterranean cuisine. For other great candlelit dinner options, Les Etoiles Restaurant (€60) Unique al Palatino (€60), Barbieri 23 (€95), Archivolto (€120), Terra (€80 per couple), Pizza e Cucina (€40 per couple), Birreria (€50 per couple), Centro (€40) Vivi Bistrot (€40) at Piazza Navona,  won’t disappoint.

A surprise day trip to the lake

Valentines's Day in Rome ideas

As Romans, we’re so lucky to be an hour away from lakes, beaches and mountains. If you’re able to take the day off, a day trip to the beautiful Lake Bolsena is the perfect way to spend your Valentine’s Day. Just one hour and a half from Rome, you’ll come across the beautiful lakeside town of Capodimonte – the gem of Lake Bolsena. Take a romantic walk along its lake front, filled with cafes and gelaterias. Have a gourmet lunch along the lake at Pepenero and unwind afterwards by strolling the streets of its charming centro storico.

A chocolate experience for two or a wine tasting

Valentines's Day in Rome ideas

Chocolate on Valentine’s day is always a great idea. If you want to indulge in the ultimate chocolate experience with your partner, from February 14th you can head to Hotel Eden’s La Libreria to taste a selection of chocolate delights and hot chocolates. The chocolate is made in collaboration with SAID dal 1923 and naturally with Pastry Chef Ezio Redolfi and Executive Chef Fabio Ciervo’s touch. While at the Rome Cavalieri Hotel, get ready to put on your blindfolds and let their Executive Pastry Chef Dario Nuti guide you through an emotional tasting journey with a variety of chocolate creations that allow you, as a couple, to enjoy emotions and sensations that are derived from each bite. And if you’re more into wine, don’t miss out on a Valentine’s Day wine tasting in an intimate enoteca in the heart of Rome.

A romantic Valentine’s Victorian Tea

Valentines's Day in Rome ideas

Surprise your loved one with an original Victorian Tea Party at Babingtons–Rome’s most famous and antique tearoom. For a tearoom/restaurant situated in the most popular and frenetic piazza in Rome, it’s remarkable just how secluded you feel as you slip through the doors and into this refined land of scones, crumpets and cupcakes. For Valentine’s day, a special red-themed menu is in store: red sandwiches, red savory cupcakes, roast beef bundles, red cookies, red velvet cupcakes with white chocolate cream, strawberries covered with red chocolate, red scones with ribes,  and red mirror cakes with chocolate and raspberry mousse amidst flowers, poems and love songs. To accompany your sweet and savory treats, a Cherry Rose Gin Fiz (a welcome tea cocktail) and four types of tea blends will be served. The tea party will take place from 6.3pm to 9pm and costs €52 per person. Reservation are mandatory and can be made by calling 06.6786027 or emailing reservations@babingtons.com.

The members club you can sneak into

Valentines's Day in Rome ideas

Speakeasies have been trending for a while now, and for good reason. Dimmed lights, great music and wow cocktails. Sounds like the perfect setting for a date, if you ask me. My favorite ones for an intimate get together? Club Derriere, Argot, and The Race Club. They’re cozy and they’re the ideal places to enjoy cocktails with your partner. Just make sure to reserve your table/seats beforehand, you don’t want to be waiting for a place to sit on Valentine’s Day.

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