From boat rides under the stars, to scenic rooftop drinks and magical opera performances, there are countless things to do in Rome that are romantic. If you’re travelling to the city as part of a couple, then there are a few key places to visit in Rome that really get the heart beating faster.

Do any of the following with your partner and you’ll be sure to feel the love…

Walk 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? It’s a must-visit Rome attraction so be prepared to climb the 138 steps of this Baroque architectural masterpiece, then find a quiet row to sit together and drink in the atmosphere.

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Red Route, Stop: Ludovisi/Spanish Steps

Have cocktails on Hotel Raphael’s rooftop

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 of the historic skyline of the city, there’s no better way to end a romantic day in the city. At night, many of Rome’s landmarks are lit up, so you can even trace your day’s route through the city together as you sip on your favourite drinks. Make sure you order at least one Campari based drink for a true Roman experience.

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Red Route, Stop: Vatican

Picnic at Villa Borghese

The main park in the city is Villa Borghese and 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. Those wondering what to do in Rome can 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 to find out how the theme of love and longing has been depicted in the arts.

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Red Route, Stop: Ludovisi/Spanish Steps

Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain

A must-see for anyone on a Roman holiday, the Trevi Fountain has captivated travellers for 400 years. It’s featured in some of Hollywood’s great love stories too, parts of both Roman Holiday and Fellini’s Dolce Vita were filmed at the fountain. Through time, 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. There’s also a rumour that whoever takes a coin from the fountain is destined to marry the one who threw it. Whether you believe in superstition or not, the Trevi is a breath-taking Rome landmark that’s not to be missed.

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Red Route, Stop: Piazza Barberini/Spanish Steps

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 Rome 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. And if you haven’t quite got your sea legs, or prefer a tour that gives you the option to hop off and explore the various iconic places in Rome, opt for one of our Big Bus routes instead.

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Red, Purple & Black Route, Stop: Termini Railway Station (Stop 1 on Big Bus Tours)
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Get inspired by 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.

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Red Route, Stop: Vatican

Spend an evening at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

When in Rome, do as the Romans do… or 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, it doesn’t get more romantic than this. Be sure to book in advance as this is one of Rome’s tourist attractions that always draws a crowd.

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Red & Purple Route, Stop: Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore

There’s a reason so many people choose to honeymoon in Rome, you can’t help feeling romantic when love is always in the air in the Eternal City. When the sun sets, continue your love story with our top picks of the Best Bars in Rome.