5 romantic places to charm in Rome
1) Skull of Saint Valentine
There is no eros without thanatos. Tucked away in a class reliquary in the tiny basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin lies the skull of San Valentino, the patron saint of lovers. At least that’s how the story goes. There are at least ten known churches in the world claiming to have his remains. At least this 8th-century church is worth the visit.
2) Enoteca La Torre
This opulent enoteca is located inside Villa Laetitia, which was decorated by the Fendi family, who has owned it for centuries. The walls of the interior are adorned with bas reliefs of chubby putti, with columns made of pink Verona marble. Dinners on Victorian tables with orchid floral arrangements always include candlelight.
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When you’re looking for a fun, yet elegant aperitif, this is the place. You can either sit at the outdoor tables in the garden or in the hotel lobby, which exudes cool vibes and has a vintage feel. They often have intriguing initiatives, such as Taco Tuesday during the summer or Natural Wine Wednesday (buy one glass, get one free).
4) Fontana della Carlotta
According to tradition, this fountain, designed in the 1930s by the architect Innocenzo Sabbatini, represents the symbol of the Garbatella neighbourhood, the kind and beautiful hostess Carlotta. Together with the nearby ‘lovers’ staircase’ leading up to Piazza Sapeto, this was where couples would meet during the war and post-war period.
5) View at dusk of the Roman Forum
At the top of Capitoline Hill, in the Piazza del Campidoglio, walk away from the statue of Marcus Aurelius on horseback towards the right, and you’ll find this short, narrow road wedged between municipal buildings, like the mayor’s office. At sunset, the light from behind you turns the Roman Forum gold.
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