Romancing in Rome

Rome is a place of dreams…with beautiful castles and unique combination of buildings…it somewhat looks like a fairy tale! Rome is the perfect choice to land-up for a romantic trip, a honeymoon or to propose your lover…this place has got everything to drool about. The ambiance and positive vibes makes you feel out of the world!

It’s not that you’re gonna meet a dark-eyed love of your life here (though you never know) but if you’re already traveling with the love of your life,you’re golden: Rome has to be one of the most romantic cities around.

Lots of people think that the most romantic spots are the most famous ones  ( the Spanish Steps or say, the Trevi Fountain) but I think the other way round, in my view people coming and going, clicking pictures and those pushy rose-sellers…all of them takes away the romance out of the air and it becomes just another tourist spot and lovers need a calm and serene place to enjoy each other’s company, isn’t?

Want to find a spot that’s a little more tranquil… where you can actually grab a moment to yourself? I have found out some off-the-beaten-path romantic places in Rome, check ’em out here:
Aventine Hill and the Giardino degli Aranci
Tranquil, beautiful, and atmospheric, there’s no doubt that the Aventine hill is for lovers. Don’t miss the medieval churches, like Basilica of Santa Sabina or the Giardino degli Aranci (more properly called the Parco Savello), a garden said to have been started when St. Dominic planted Rome’s first orange tree here in the 13th century. (The park’s beautiful views of Rome are pretty romantic, too).

It’s the little surprise the Aventine hill hides, though, that makes this stroll especially charming. (Seriously, I’m not sure why this wasn’t one of the places Gregory Peck took Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday—I think she would have been more tickled by this than by the Mouth of Truth!). The headquarters of the Priory of the Knights of Malta, the only private organization in the world to also be a sovereign state, are located, of all places, here. Peek through the headquarters’ keyhole, and you see the dome of St. Peter’s, perfectly framed. It’s three countries in one glance.

Temple of Roma and Amor

As a sight itself, the temple blends in with the many (incredible) others in the Roman forum. But unlike, say, the Temple of the Vestal Virgins, built in honor of Rome’s most chaste cult, this one has a seriously “awww”-worthy past.

Built in the 2nd century A.D., it shows that ancient Romans were just as romantic as their modern counterparts. One side of the temple was built in honor of the goddess of love, Venus. The other side was built in honor of the goddess Roma. In other words: it’s the temple to Amor… and to Roma.

Oh, those witty Romans.

The Tiber River at Sunset

The river is much more of an afterthought for Rome visitors than, say, the Seine in Paris. And yes, walking along it during the daytime—especially if you’re right down on the bank—can be hot, dull, and a little smelly.

At twilight, though, few places in the city are more romantic. Get off the traffic-congested Lungotevere and linger on one of the beautiful bridges, like the stunning Ponte Sant’Angelo that crosses the river to Castel Sant’Angelo. Just don’t forget your camera!

Villa Farnesina

Oh, you didn’t think a visit to one of Rome’s top art sites could be romantic? That’s just because you’ve never visited the Villa Farnesina. This stunning 16th-century palazzo—one of Rome’s most beautiful examples of Renaissance architecture—was the “sexy spot” of the Renaissance.

Banker Agostino Chigi commissioned the villa as a place to throw wine-drenched banquets and to wile away the time with his mistress. (When she died, he took up with the beautiful young Francesca Ordeaschi, and married her here in 1519—while she was pregnant with their fifth child).

Unsurprisingly, the frescoes here are suitably, erm, romantic. “In a fresco by Sodoma in Chigi’s bedroom, Alexander the Great meets his beautiful mistress Roxanne; in the Loggia of Galatea, the giant Polyphemus gazes with longing across the room at a comely sea nymph; and in the garden, there stood sculptures of of Cupid and Psyche and a satyr seducing a young boy,” writes Andrea Bayer in Art and Love in Renaissance Italy.

But here’s my favorite part. Chigi also commissioned wunderkind Raphael to paint the interior. Not only are Raphael’s frescoes there the artist’s most romantic—they show scenes of Venus, the goddess of love; Cupid, her little heart-breaker; and the wedding banquet of Cupid and Psyche—but the sweeter love story is that Raphael almost didn’t finish them. Why? He was too enamored of his lover, the local baker’s daughter, to get any work done. Chigi finally had to allow her to move into the villa with him in order to get Raphael to finish the commission. 

All together now: Awwww.

Hope you’ll like it and next time when you visit Rome, don’t forget to visit these awesome romantic spots!

Love! ❤

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