How to spend Valentine’s day 2022 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. And while Valentine’s Day will be a bit different this year, there are plenty of great ways to make this day special. Give one of these a go, and we know your date will be impressed!
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.
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. 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. 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.
The Fortyseven hotel is waiting for you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special offer (valid from 11 to 20 February) including a welcome drink, access to the wellness area, a 4-course gourmet dinner for two signed by the chef Antonio Gentileand 1 night stay in Deluxe panoramic room with terrace (€288 continental breakfast buffet included).
Declare your love on Valentine’s Day by inviting those you love to the DOM Hotel. Their offer includes 1 night in a Deluxe Double Room, 1 bottle of Prosecco in your room upon arrival and a romantic dinner at their VERVE Restaurant with a Valentine’s Day Menu (€350, continental breakfast included).
For vegetarians and not, the Beverly, the Hoxton hotel‘s restaurant is preparing a special menu for the Valentine’s weekend taking inspiration from the from farm to table philosophy, using just local products. (€65 for veg menu, €75 for the menù including meat and fish, beverages included).
Vilòn Roma is an intimate boutique hotel in the center of Rome overlooking the Palazzo Borghese private garden. Their proposal for Valentine’ day is called Vilòve, and it’s valid from February 11 to 14 (starting from €890 per night, per room). It includes a welcome cocktail, one night in Vilòn Charming room and dinner for two at Adelaide Restaurant, beverages not included.
This year the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria hotel offers a romantic Valentine’s weekend, in one of their wonderful rooms or suites. The stay includes an anti-stress massage for couples at the Grand Spa, an aperitif at the Tiepolo Lounge with the seductive cocktail Elixir d’Amour and a dinner to enjoy with your partner in the comfort of your room (from €950 per couple). The Cavalieri has created another special initiative in collaboration with the Antica Manifattura Cappelli, which will allow guests to discover the secrets of the perfect realization of a hat entirely handmade. Greeted with a welcome cocktail, you will visit the workshop, and then give life to the custom Fedora hat (€450 per couple, to be reserved three days in advance).
A romantic dinner (at home or at a restaurant)
If you’d rather not have a staycation, you could always treat yourselves to a fantastic dining experience for Valentine’s Day 2022. The Roman restaurant scene has prepared some special menus, either to be enjoyed at the restaurant for lunch or at home for dinner.
Riccardo Loreni, the chef of Cuoco e Camicia, in Monti area, has created a tasting menu characterized by particular flavors (cost per person: €65, excluding wines).
Aqualunae Bistrot can’t be missed either, with the prose of his chef, Emanuele Paoloni: a special 5 dish menu to be tasted at the restaurant in Prati (€75 p.p.) or with delivery/takeaway (€60 p.p.).
In the Coppedè neighborhood, Bucavino restaurant is ready to celebrate love! Chef Andrea and chef Francesca Romana Palmieri dedicate the Valentine’s dinner with a special menu that will welcome guests among the flavors of the Roman tradition (cost of the tasting menu is €40 per person, drinks not included). Same menu is also available in take away version: reservation is required by 13th of February.
Le Serre by Vivi is a restaurant built within a twentieth century greenhouse glass of an ancient estate on top of the Monte Mario hills. For Valentine’s Day you can taste their special menù along with the cocktail My Spicy Valentine created by Head Bartender Sara Paternesi.
To celebrate a very romantic Valentine’s Day at the iconic Eden Hotel, the Executive Chef Fabio Ciervo has created two ad hoc menus for the 1-star Michelin restaurant La Terrazza (€240 per person, beverages excluded) and a more casual proposal for the Giardino restaurant (€145 per person, beverages excluded).
For an Asian Valentine’s Day, head to Dao Chinese Restaurant, which proposes a tasting menu with aphrodisiac and spicy dishes (€40 per person drinks excluded).
If you are looking to have a VIP experience, book your dinner at the 3-star Michelin restaurant La Pergola, directed by Chef Heinz Beck, with the special menu created for Valentine’s Day and accompanied by live music (€550 per person).
At Eataly’s Terra restaurant, where excellent raw materials are cooked on the grill to be enhanced by the warmth of the fire, there is a menu designed specifically for the occasion.
And if you want to have a relaxing Saint Valentine’s dinner at home, Mario Santamaria, Executive Chef at Eataly Roma, has a special take-away just for you: a Valentine’s box with an all-fish menu for an evening to remember (€35, each box is considered for one person; every two boxes ordered, Eataly gives a bottle of wine). The box is to be picked up between 10:30am and 7pm on 14th of February at the Gastronomy of Eataly Rome (1st floor).
For rooftop lovers, the Tiziano terrace at the Monti Palace Hotel offers a bottle of Champagne or two drinks of your choice accompanied by snacks, finger food and appetizers for € 80 per couple.
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 thermal treatment for 2
Enjoy some relaxation with your partner by enjoying a thermal treatment together. AcquaMadre 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 on the beauty of ancient roman baths.
Kamilove is the Valentine’s gift of Kamispa, the oriental spa in Rome: a series of packages for all lovers who want to experience a Thai treatment in the prestigious The St.Regis Rome Hotel. At the end of the experience, you will be offered an aperitif at the prestigious Lumen Cocktail & Cuisine, the hotel restaurant, inspired after both contemporary and belle-époque taste. The Eden Hotel Spa offers the treatment Valentine’s Day Cuddles, a pleasant massage for two performed with warm oils, followed by a lifting effect mask. And after the massage, make a toast with two flutes of prosecco enriched with essential oils of sweet orange and basil.