You can’t help feeling romantic when in Rome. Love is always in the air in the Eternal City. After all, just think about the origin of the word ‘romance’ itself. If you’re visiting the city with your other half, then there are a few key places to visit in Rome that really get the heart beating faster. Take your partner to any of the following and you’ll be sure to feel the love.

1) The Spanish Steps

Completed in 1725, the alluring Spanish Steps – or Scalina Spagna to the Romans – have become the place to go to sit and watch the world pass by. Painters and poets have traditionally come here for inspiration, and young couples visit hoping to find love. What better place to come on a romantic break? Climb the 138 steps of this Baroque architectural masterpiece, or find a quiet row to sit together and drink in the atmosphere.

Spanish steps in Rome with pretty purple flowers

2) Rooftop cocktails at Hotel Raphael

Head out onto the terrace for a pre-dinner aperitivo or a post-meal cocktail at the elegant and stylish Hotel Raphael. With stunning views out over the terracotta rooftops and historic skyline of the city, what better way to end a romantic day in the city? At night many of the landmarks are lit up, so you can even trace your day’s route through the city together.

Stunning views at the rooftop bar at Hotel Raphael Rome

3) Villa Borghese

The main park in the city, this spot is a favourite for both locals and tourists. It was built in the 17th century and used by the Borghese and Bonaparte families. Stroll arm in arm through the fragrant pathways, sit on the grass and enjoy a romantic picnic. Or visit some of the world class galleries and find out how the theme of love and longing have been depicted in the arts.

Villa Borghese in Rome

4) Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain has featured in some of Hollywood’s great love stories. Parts of both Roman Holiday and Fellini’s Dolce Vita were filmed at the fountain, and it has acquired a reputation for being the place for young lovers to visit. Throw a coin over your shoulder and into the fountain, and legend has it that you’ll be guaranteed a return visit to Rome – for a honeymoon or future anniversary perhaps?

Couple throwing coins into the Trevi Fountain, Rome

5) Take a boat on the Tiber

The River Tiber is the main artery of Rome – leading straight to the heart of the city. Take a private boat tour on the river, starting from the Ponte Duca d’Aosta to the Isola Tiberina and back again. Enjoy views of some of best attractions, including St Peter’s Basilica and the Giancolo as you glide gently by. The river is lined with elegant marble banks and tall trees, and you can even go at night to truly experience one of the most romantic things to do in Rome.

Boat ride on River Tiber in Rome at sunset

6) The Sistine Chapel

Taking more than four years to paint, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is Michelangelo’s masterpiece and regarded as one of the greatest works of art in history. Gaze up in astonishment and marvel at how one man was capable of creating such beauty through his dedication and passion. If that doesn’t melt the heart then nothing will. You can also experience the chapel as part of a wider tour of the Vatican Museums, with over 9 miles (14.5 kilometres) of galleries and halls containing some of the world’s most romantic and beautiful paintings.

The colourful Sistine Chapel in Rome

7) Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

When in Rome, do as the Romans do – so the saying goes. This means enjoying a night at the opera. The 1,600 seat Teatro dell’Opera di Roma is one of the finest in the world. There’s a big programme of opera, ballet and dance during each season. Just imagine getting dressed up, enjoying dinner and then heading off to see some of the best performers in the world sing and dance from the heart.

Couple at the Opera