How to spend Valentines’ 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
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
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 Rome Cavalieri’s Spa
Why not treat yourselves to a romantic pampering session for two? Lucky for you, Rome Cavalieri offers a variety of options. “Due cuori e una spa” offers a couples massage in the Cavalieri Grand Spa Club. “L’ora del Tè” also includes a tea tasting after your massage. While in “Tempation for two”, an aperitif with a selection of savory delicacies and caviar, combined with Moët & Chandon awaits you afterwards. And lastly, “Una romantica sorpesa” combines a two-person massage with a refined candelit dinner in the romantic atmosphere of the Uliveto restaurant. Check out their website for more info.
A candlelit dinner with a view
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.
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 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.
The members club you can sneak into
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.
The one you’d never guess was in Trastevere
Trastevere is one of the go-to places in Rome for a fun night out. From its delicious trattorias and osterias to pubs and bars, it’s a great area to have an amazing chill night out. But what you might now know is that Trastevere also has some lovely restaurants and bars with an intimate vibe. If you’re dying to spend your V-Day dinner in this charming neighbourhood, Alembic is the place to go. Start your evening by admiring the view from il Gianicolo, then walk down to Alembic to enjoy a romantic dinner. Live music, dimmed lights, yummy food and lots of wine await you.