Rome is a modern metropolis that most people recognize as a historic city, and rightly so–after all, there are many fascinating historic landmarks here. But did you know that Rome can be a very romantic city as well, particularly during the Christmas and the New Year celebrations?
Whether you are looking for new love or want to rekindle an old romance, you will surely find many opportunities in Rome during Christmas and the holiday season. It definitely seems like love lingers on every street corner, monument, and park bench in Rome. You will find many places where you can steal that first or ultimo bacio. Romans have no problem showing affection, and neither should you. It’s the time of the year to celebrate, and show that special someone that you are in love.
Why not begin your rendezvous with a horse-drawn carriage ride that starts from Piazza di Spagna or the Spanish Steps? Travel through the streets of centro storico for a romantic, memorable ride with your love. But don’t forget to stop to savor some special aphrodisiacal treats, like the mouthwatering chocolates of Moriondo e Gariglio (Via Piè di Marmo 21, close to Palazzo Doria Pamphilj).
Next, ask your driver to drop you off at the renowned Villa Borghese. The terrace in the gardens will give you and your mate a fantastic view of the city. Stroll hand-in-hand through the park, which is decorated wonderfully this time of the year. Cruise through the waters of the lake or cozy up with a romantic picnic.
If you have the time for a day trip, you might also visit Tivoli’s Villa D’Este, which is just 30 minutes outside of Rome. You will absolutely love the hundreds of fountains here, and the Christmas setting is makes for the perfect for love to blossom. It seems extra special during this time of the year.
Get back to the city and head to the Trevi Fountain. While fewer tourists visit Rome during winter, there is always a spike during Christmas. Still, you will find a spot near this romantic Rome icon to have a few minutes together holding hands. Be sure to throw a coin into the fountain together and make a wish for your love to prosper.
There are plenty of other romantic things to do in Rome during Christmas. Some other musts include the Christmas trees at Piazza Venezia, the Christmas market at Piazza Navona, a free concert at Via dei Fori Imperiali, or a cruise on the Tiber River. All of these activities will help round out your romantic experience in Rome.