A Roman Holiday: A Guide to a Romantic Getaway in Rome
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Dive into Rome's magical charm and endless possibilities for exploration. This itinerary is designed for couples who want to experience Rome beyond the tourist traps and dive into its hidden gems. From intimate restaurants to picturesque streets, this five-day itinerary is perfect for a romantic getaway in one of the world's most beautiful cities.
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Villa Spalletti Trivelli
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The First Roma Arte
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The Inn at the Roman Forum
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Day 1: Trastevere & Borghese Gardens
Start your day with a cappuccino and cornetto at Bar del Cappuccino, a local café in the heart of Trastevere. To follow, explore Trastevere's charming streets and alleys, stopping at the beautiful Santa Maria in Trastevere church.
Enjoy a traditional Roman lunch at Tavernaccia da Bruno, a family-run trattoria with a cozy atmosphere and delicious food.
Take a stroll through the Villa Borghese gardens and visit the Galleria Borghese, home to some of Rome's most famous artworks.
Head to the trendy neighborhood of Monti and enjoy an aperitivo at Black Market, a hip bar with a unique atmosphere.
Savor a romantic dinner at Roscioli, a gourmet restaurant known for its excellent wine selection and delicious Italian cuisine.
Day 2: Vatican
Start your day with a visit to the Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica, where you can admire Michelangelo's famous masterpiece, the Pietà. Take a tour of the Vatican Museums and discover the treasures of the papal collections, including the Sistine Chapel.
Indulge in a delicious lunch at Pizzeria La Montecarlo, a traditional pizzeria near the Vatican.
Explore the charming neighborhood of Trastevere and discover its hidden gems, such as the beautiful Santa Cecilia in Trastevere church. Sip on a refreshing cocktail at Freni e Frizioni, a trendy bar located in a former mechanic's workshop.
Head to Ristorante del Moro, a local institution serving delicious seafood dishes in a romantic atmosphere.
Day 3: Colosseum & Michelin-Starred Dining
Start your day with a visit to the iconic Colosseum, one of Rome's most famous landmarks. Take a tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, where you can admire the ruins of ancient Rome and learn about its fascinating history.
Enjoy a delicious lunch at Da Enzo al 29, a cozy trattoria serving traditional Roman dishes. Take a stroll through the picturesque streets of Monti, stopping at the beautiful Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.
Head to the trendy neighborhood of Testaccio and enjoy a craft beer at Birra del Borgo, a local brewery.
Savor a romantic dinner at Il Pagliaccio, a Michelin-starred restaurant serving innovative Italian cuisine in an intimate setting.
Day 4: Piazza Navona & Pantheon
Start your day with a visit to the Capitoline Museums, where you can admire masterpieces by Michelangelo, Caravaggio and other famous artists.
Take a stroll through the picturesque streets of the historic center, stopping at the beautiful Piazza Navona and the Pantheon.
Indulge in a delicious lunch at Pasticceria Regoli, a historic pastry shop famous for its sweet treats and savory snacks. Visit the charming neighborhood of Campo de' Fiori and explore its lively market and beautiful square.
Head to the rooftop bar at the Hotel Raphael and enjoy a cocktail with panoramic views of Rome.
Savor a romantic dinner at La Pergola, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant located on the rooftop of the Rome Cavalieri hotel, offering stunning views of the city.
Day 5: Villa Medici
Start your day with a visit to the beautiful Villa Medici, a Renaissance palace with a stunning garden and art collection.
Take a stroll through the picturesque streets of the upscale neighborhood of Parioli, stopping at the beautiful Villa Borghese park.
Enjoy a delicious lunch at cacio e pepe, a cozy trattoria serving traditional Roman pasta dishes. Visit the charming neighborhood of Testaccio and explore its hidden gems, such as the beautiful Protestant Cemetery.
Head to the rooftop bar at the First Roma Arte and enjoy a cocktail with a view of the city.
Savor a romantic dinner at Da Cesare al Casaletto, a traditional trattoria serving delicious Roman cuisine in a cozy atmosphere.
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