The 5 most romantic spot in Rome

There are places, off the beaten track in the eternal city, that are only allowed to Romans. Only those who live here get to know and appreciate them; they are the most romantic places in Rome. In this post I will list just 5 of them, the ones I am most fond of and that I go to with pleasure when I have time, a romantic trip that takes me back to memories and emotions of some time ago. The characteristic of the most romantic places in Rome, for my liking, is above all the presence of few people, few tourists and few Romans too. There is no more or less romantic moment, for many it is the sunset, for me every place has its perfect moment.

And here they are, the 5 most romantic places in Rome, in our opinion!

Chiesa di San Gregorio al Celio
Do you want to surprise your partner/partner? Give them a strong emotion? I recommend this short walk, a few hundred metres, which ends on the steps of this magnificent church. From the ‘navicella’ in front of Villa Celimontana, take Via di San Paolo Della Croce under an ancient arch, downhill. From there you will pass some wonders of Rome, such as Piazza di Santissimi Giovanni e Paolo with the convent of the Passionist Fathers. Then you will pass under the porticoes of the Clivio di Scauro to reach the steps of the church of San Gregorio al Celio. You are a stone’s throw from the Colosseum, a fantastic place especially in the middle of the night, fascinating and, above all, romantic. Bring a glass of wine and savour the rarefied atmosphere of one of the most romantic places in Rome. Location.

Chiesa Santi Luca e Martina Martiri
Although it is a very central spot, in the centre of the Roman forum, the square in front of this wonderful church is completely deserted in the evening, lit by the characteristic soft lights, between yellow and orange, of central Rome. The best time to visit this place is late in the evening. Opposite, from the balcony of the square, is the Roman Forum, the place where a beautiful piece of our western culture was born, and the magnificently preserved Arch of Septimius Severus, erected around 200 AD. A place in touch with history and art, incredibly peaceful and romantic. Location!

From Porta San Sebastiano to the beginning of Via Appia Antica
This is more of a romantic itinerary than a romantic place, it involves a walk of about 1 hour to get from Porta San Sebastiano to the mausoleum of Cecilia Metella where you can then also have a picnic on the beautiful Via Appia Antica. We recommend doing this route during the day. From Porta San Sebastiano, a splendid monument, walk for about 10 minutes on the Via Appia Antica in the direction of the church Domine Quo Vadis. There you enter through a concrete door into a narrow street that is the entrance to the Catacombs of San Callisto. We are in the middle of the city centre and yet you see nothing but meadows and rows of cypress trees leading towards the vi Appia Antica. There you arrive at the mausoleum of Cecilia Metella and the beginning of the monumental part of the via Appia. With a good bottle of wine you can spend a fantastic afternoon. Location.

The Jasmine Walk
Even the Romans don’t know this one.. It is a stretch of road that used to be occupied by a railway that connected the Vatican with the rest of the railway network. Decommissioned in 2000 for the Jubilee, it has now become one of the most unknown and romantic walks in Rome, with a crazy view of Michelangelo’s dome. The promenade is accessed from the station San Pietro and follow where track 1 used to be. The walk is particularly fragrant in summer thanks to the jasmine that accompanies it.

Domus Aurea
Yes this is nothing new, but I assure you that this spot which I suggest is not very busy at all and has a unique perspective on the Colosseum. The Domus Aurea. Built by Nero after the famous fire of Rome, which contrary to popular belief was not caused by the Emperor at all, it is a small masterpiece of architecture and engineering. But the part that interests us is on the surface. A path leads from the square in front of the Colosseum up the hill of the Caelian Hill, rich in vegetation, climbing among the confusion of the city towards a quieter area. The garden is closed towards the evening, the most beautiful and most romantic moment being, this time, the sunset, when the sun goes down just behind the Colosseum.

We look forward to seeing you at the Hotel Alpi.