Lovers on a Roman sidewalk

Romantic Rome is a very popular place for proposals. Nearly every cobbled street in the Eternal City, at least in the city center, inspires a romantic gesture, a kiss, or even a proposal.

It is folly to try to list all of the romantic spots in Rome. But here are nine places to seek out if romance is on your Rome itinerary.

Lovers on a Roman sidewalk
Lovers on a Roman sidewalk

The Spanish Steps

An obvious engagement locale for tourists for sure, as it’s at the heart of the city and abuzz with people from all walks of life (providing a bit of a din for you nervous proposers).

The Steps are lovely in the springtime when they are decorated with giant pots of flowers whose pinkish hue echoes the colors of the buildings around them.

I also like the Steps in the early morning, when fewer are there to disturb a romantic moment.

The Pincio Hill

This area is only a short walk from the Spanish Steps, but has one of the most evocative views of St. Peter’s and other domes and rooftops that make up the Roman cityscape. The Pincio is a balcony for the Villa Borghese park and also looks over Piazza del Popolo.

The Aventine Hill

Not the most conventional of romantic spots in Rome, the Aventino is home to tourist attractions like the Circus Maximus and the keyhole view of St. Peter’s from the Order of the Knights of Malta (Piazza dei Cavallieri) and the not-so-touristy Roseto Comunale, Rome’s public rose garden. What could be more romantic than roses and a quiet neighborhood in which to enjoy them?

Villa Celimontana

Another site that is absent of tourists, Villa Celimontana and its surrounding park are where many locals go for lunchtime smooch breaks and picnics. What’s more, this oasis of calm is only a few blocks from the Colosseum (take Via Claudia).

Via Appia amid Roman ruins

I imagine Goethe and his ilk made the most of Rome’s countryside, where they sat for portraits, had movable feasts, and no doubt spent time with their loved ones. Nature and/or architecture lovers could not find a more romantic spot in the Eternal City.

Via Conciliazione, in front of St. Peter’s

There’s something about having the whole hulk of St. Peter’s and Bernini’s piazza colonnade that make for a stunning setting for a proposal. I’m sure this is even more true for practicing Catholics, who can vow to exchange vows in front of this very iconic backdrop.

Via Giulia

Few streets in Rome are lovelier than the Via Giulia. This Renaissance-era lane has a slower pace, a sumptuous energy, and goes well with new (or heirloom) diamonds.

Piazza Navona

If you’re going to make your love official, why not go where the rest of Rome goes: to Piazza Navona. You’ll never have been privy to so many public displays of affection. And, if you want to hug and kiss your significant other while you take in the view, including Bernini’s fountains and Borromini’s chuch, no one will bat an eye.

Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere

Bohemians-in-love may prefer the slow pace and artisan shops of Trastevere, whose main square, Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, is usually rife with sketching art students. Sit for a cappuccino at one of the sidewalk cafes, holding hands while you take in the relative quiet.

Have you gotten engaged in Rome? Tell us more about it in the comments!

Photo by ~nebe~

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