How to spend Valentine’s Day 2024 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. There are plenty of great ways to make this day special in Rome. Give one of these a go, and we know your date will be impressed!
Taking in the views of 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 the Orange Garden, perched on top of Aventine Hill, and don’t forget to peek into the keyhole of the Knights of Malta just footsteps away. 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. Take a romantic walk along the paths of Villa Borghese and reach the Terrazza del Pincio, looking over Piazza del Popolo: from here you can enjoy one of the most stunning views on the city center. Also in Villa Borghese, what could be more romantic than renting a small boat in the park’s lake and rowing to the small Aesculapius Temple?
The view from the Gianicolo Hill is one of the most famous of the city too, and includes the Pantheon, Castel Sant’Angelo and St. Peter’s Basilica. We suggest you go there at noon to catch a cannon that has been fired at this time since 1847, to mark mid-day in Rome.
A luxury staycation
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, why not book a romantic staycation at one of Rome’s luxury hotels? Many of the most beautiful and iconic hotels in the city propose special offers for the most romantic day of the year.
Rome Cavalieri is the perfect place to celebrate love. Its restaurants and spa offer a wonderful blend of luxury and relaxation, creating an ideal setting for romantic moments. And if you are looking for a truly unique and special experience with your better half, Rome Cavalieri has organised a creative and crafty moment for its guests–a romantic workshop at Candle Store, a warm and welcoming setting in the heart of Rome. Here, you can create the personalized candle of your dreams, choosing the technique and fragrance that resonates with you, sealing your love with a unique scent.
Parco dei Principi offers the romantic “Valentine’s Day” package: couples can enjoy a one-night stay in a prestigious double room with complimentary breakfast, access to the Prince Spa, a candlelit dinner with a dedicated menu at the refined Pauline Borghese restaurant, “Love Drops 2024”: a cocktail dedicated to the month of love, and late check-out until 4:00 PM upon availability (starting from 510 euros). Couples can also indulge in a special 50-minute couples massage (starting from 260 euros per couple).
Sleeping in a cozy romantic treehouse
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, where your treehouse awaits and they will arrange the rest.
Looking for a unique way to spend Valentine’s Day with your loved one? How about enjoying a jazz concert and dinner at Rome’s oldest jazz club, Alexanderplatz? Nestled in the lively Prati district, this iconic venue hosts a variety of Italian and international artists daily. The intimate ambiance of the club provides a timeless escape for a romantic evening.
For a more thrilling experience, explore Rome on a fun panoramic ride on a vintage Vespa. Ride by the Colosseum, Vatican, the Temple of Venus and many more sights experiencing everything the Eternal City has to offer. Take amazing pictures from beautiful scenic viewpoints and taste a bit of Rome by stopping for gelato and Roman street food.
For wine enthusiasts, treat yourself to the ultimate wine tasting experience at a charming boutique wine bar just steps away from Campo de’ Fiori. Immerse yourself in the expertise of the sommelier as they guide you through a delightful journey across Italy’s diverse wine regions.
Valentine’s Day at Baja
The Baja, an elegant Art Nouveau boat in the heart of Rome on the Tiber bank, is an ideal location to spend Lovers’ Day. On this occasion, Baja’s chefs have come up with a truly enticing menu, available in three versions, meat, fish, and vegetarian (cost per couple: €180, including welcome prosecco and amuse-bouche). Click here to read the menu.
The ingredients to make an impression are all there: the beauty of the place and the view, the selection of wines and the menu, and the right music to play in the background.
A romantic dinner
If you’d rather not have a staycation, you could always treat yourselves to a fantastic dining experience for Valentine’s Day 2024. The Roman restaurant scene has prepared some special menus, either to be enjoyed at restaurants for lunch or at home for dinner.
Rome Cavalieri’s Ristorante Uliveto offers a delicious and refined menu inspired by the theme of fire. A moment to be lived and shared intensely with your loved one, featuring a sequence of dishes that create an explosion of taste and warmth. The culinary journey concludes on a sweet note with Executive Pastry Chef Dario Nuti’s masterpiece: the Flaming Heart, a heart-shaped meringue adorned with exotic fruits and passion fruit.
At Tiepolo Lounge & Terrace, you can enjoy a special Valentine’s drink, the Raspberry Fizz. A seductive cocktail and delicious canapés to enjoy with your special surrounded by priceless masterpieces and pampered by an elegant and refined service.
Les Étoiles Terrace offers a Valentine’s Day dinner with options such as heart-shaped lasagna, blue lobster gratin and strawberry blossom (€165, excluding wines). There will also be an aperitif menu for €65 to pair with the amazing view of St. Peter’s. Check terrazzalesetoiles.com/en/ to see the menu and book.
Tiziano Terrace at Monti Palace Hotel offers a romantic Valentine’s Day aperitif on the rooftop. You can choose between two food & drink menus, one priced at €60 and another at €75 per person, or book for a drink at a cost of €30. Click here to see the menu.
The Valentine’s Day menu at La Terrazza, Hotel Eden’s gourmet restaurant, celebrates Rome with dishes named after its most romantic spots. Enjoy options like “Meeting at the Fountain of Lovers” and “Stroll in Villa Borghese”. The menu unfolds as a romantic walk, meant to be shared with your loved one and enjoyed at your leisure (€310, excluding drinks).
At Il Giardino Ristorante, the serene oasis on the top floor of Hotel Eden, you can indulge in a menu that includes delightful options like Risotto with Porto and pigeon and Venison Sirloin in a crust (€155, excluding drinks).
ViVi Food & Lifestyle presents an exclusive menu to celebrate love. Indulge in the aphrodisiac Valentine’s Day menu, with delightful dishes like Beet Risotto with oyster sauce and Franciacorta, and a heart-shaped cream tart to share with your significant other. To enhance the experience, ViVi recommends a refreshing strawberry cocktail.
At Il Marchese, Chef Daniele Roppo invites you to share a romantic experience with traditional Roman first courses served in a pan for two. Don’t miss the chance to toast with a signature drink by the talented bar manager, Fabrizio Valeriani.
At Moma, Chef Andrea Pasqualucci, one Michelin star, enjoys working with precious ingredients, much like the gestures of love. It’s a unique sensory experience, priced at €190 excluding drinks.
Aroma, the Michelin-starred restaurant inside Palazzo Manfredi with one of the most captivating views of the Colosseum, is perfect for a romantic evening. On the most romantic night of the year Executive Chef Giuseppe Di Iorio and Resident Chef Fabio Sangiovanni offer a menu featuring unique ingredients.
For those who love entertainment and crave a romantic, immersive, and fun experience, the perfect option is the special Valentine’s Day evening with Le Petit Chef at Alpeh Hotel. This unique event combines the best of cinema and dining, offering a new and immersive culinary journey. Watch as your dinner comes to life through captivating 3D storytelling, creating a truly unforgettable experience (€139, excluding drinks).
A surprise day trip to the lake
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 an 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 day full of relaxation and wellness at Roman spas
Enjoy some relaxation with your partner by enjoying a thermal treatment together. Acqua Madre Hammam is the perfect place to cleanse the body through a series of massages and treatments. This beautiful location, situated in the heart of Rome, recalls the beauty of ancient roman baths.
During the entire month of February, the Cavalieri Grand Spa Club offers exclusive promotions to share with a loved one, whether your partner, a friend or a family member: 50% discount on the second Spa treatment, 50% discount on the second training session with their Personal Trainers and 40% discount on the purchase of a second product.
At Le Caveau by Narducci Hair & Spa, you can relax in the wonderful Hammam, enjoy the indoor pool, and complete the experience with a splendid couple’s massage. You can also add a styling session performed by an expert from the Narducci team.
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