There are plenty of lists of picturesque spots around Rome, but in this guide you will find all the ingredients for a seriously romantic evening in a way only Rome can provide. No other city contains so many treasures just off the beaten path waiting to be enjoyed by the most aware of travelers. With each stop you will enjoy the eternal city in new ways. If you and your significant other like to find moments together away from the crowds and commotion, this is the guide for you.
Once the afternoon is coming to a close, and you and your partner are ready to set out an ideal evening, head to the neighborhood know as the Aventine Hill. The Aventine Hill hugs the river just south of the Circus Maximus.
Your first stop will be Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta. Here sits the Grand Priory of the Knights of Malta, complete with the sovereign entity’s embassy to Italy. Find the large green door in the wall and specifically its keyhole. The keyhole is “Il Buco di Roma” through which you can see a unique and beautiful view. A long tunnel of hedges stunningly frames Michelangelo’s dome of St. Peters. If anything is certain about spending time in Rome, it is its limitless capacity to leave you speechless about things that you felt familiar with moments before.
With that in mind, you and your date will now move up the road to Giardino degli Aranci (Via di Santa Sabina), the orange garden that is the perfect place to watch the sun set together.
With the mood now set, it is time to start your stroll to dinner at the impeccable Roscioli (Via dei Giubbonari 21/22). To get there you will be walking north along the Tiber River. Along the way is the Rose Garden (Via di Valle Murcia 6) with great views of the Palatine Hill/Circus Maximus, the Mouth of Truth (Via della Greca 4) the ruin bridge Ponte Rotto, Great Temple (Lungotevere de’Cenci), and Isola Tiberina Island. If you fancy a drink before dinner, stop at FortySeven Hotel for a rooftop cocktail as you survey the oldest corner of Rome. At Roscioli (reservations recommended), be sure to indulge in the creamy burrata and perfect pasta alla gricia paired with a selection from their well crafted wine list.
After dinner, with the night still feeling young, gelato should be your next stop. Try the strawberry at Gelateria Alberto Pico (Via della Seggiola 12) or wander into Carapina (Via dei Chiavari 37).
Next, it is off to Hotel De La Minerve (Piazza della Minerva 69) for its spacious rooftop so you can soak in the view of the Pantheon dome in Rome’s golden glow.
Before heading home for the night, you have one final stop, a site that cannot be missed. Head down Via del Gesu which turns into Via D’Aracoeli, and leads right to the tiered Cordonata steps of the Michelangelo’s Campidoglio. Many consider the Campidoglio the best-designed public space in the world. You are now standing on the Capitoline hill, at the Marcus Aurelius on horseback guarded center of western civilization (what was referred to as “Caput Mundi” or “Head of the world”). What makes this exceptional location even more magical is the quietness and feeling that no one else has found out about it down below. For the cherry on top, walk around the middle building and find yourselves alone looking over the moonlit Forum ruins, back dropped by the Colosseum. Rome doesn't get any better than this.