Rome Sights & Attractions

Rome offers a smorgasbord of amazing sights for honeymoon couples.


Roman Forum, Rome

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Major Sights in Rome

In Rome, it's easy to find must-see attractions that are a perfect backdrop for romance just about everywhere you go…

Piazza di Spagna

Stroll up the Spanish Steps to the Church of Trinità dei Monti, especially beautiful in May when decorated with pink azaleas.

Via Condotti

Splash out on Armani and Valentino designer labels on elegant Via dei Condotti.

Savour an espresso at a table for two at the famed Caffè Greco, founded in 1760 and a favourite hangout of Casanova. Or visit Babington’s Tea Room, founded in 1896, for tea and pastries served by waiters in traditional English attire.

Fontana di Trevi

Be a superstitious romantic and toss three coins over your shoulder into the water. According to legend the first coin will ensure your return to Rome, the second will make you fall in love with an Italian and the third will guarantee you marry him or her.

Roman Forum

Stroll the ruins of what was once the heart of ancient Rome. Discover the Arch of Septimius Severus, the three-columned Temple of Vespasian and Titus and the Temple of Saturn.

The best view of the Forum on a romantic night is from Capitoline Hill, Michelangelo’s Renaissance piazza, which overlooks the Forum.

The Colosseum

Imagine the spectacle of bloody gladiator battles in ancient Rome’s greatest architectural legacy.

Built on order of Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD, the four-storey amphitheatre was abandoned at the fall of the Roman Empire, later ravaged by earthquakes and then plundered for marble to build many of Rome’s great churches and palaces.

The Pantheon

Explore Rome’s best-preserved monument of antiquity, built by Marcus Agrippa in 27 BC and rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian in 120 AD as a religious temple.

Later abandoned, it was stripped of its gilded bronze ceiling then converted into a church in 609 AD. The artist Raphael is buried here.

Catacombs of St Domitilla

Enter through a sunken 4th century church into Rome’s oldest catacomb – 15km of underground caves laid out on three levels – for an insight into Christian life in Imperial Rome.

St Peter’s Basilica

Built in the 5th century at the place where, according to ancient tradition, Peter the apostle was crucified and buried (his tomb is under the main altar), the marble-floored St Peter's Basilica features Renaissance treasures such as Bernini’s 29m bronze Baldachin, Michelangelo’s exquisite Pietà and the Navicella mosaic by Giotto.

Steal a kiss on the roof of the magnificent cupola and enjoy an unforgettable view over St Peter’s Square and the city beyond.

Sistine Chapel

Go early and hire a pair of binoculars to fully appreciate the finer details of Michelangelo’s frescoes on the ceiling of the chapel. The sublime paintings depict scenes from the Old Testament including the Creation of Adam.

Equally memorable is Michelangelo’s Giudizio Universale, an apocalyptic vision of the Last Judgement, painted on the alter wall.

Galleria Borghese

Discover a treasure trove of masterpieces including Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne, Titian’s Sacred and Profane Love, Raphael’s Deposition and Caravaggio’s Jerome.

Bocca della Verita

Be brave: put your hand into the Bocca della Verita and swear allegiance to one another for ever. Rome’s legendary lie-detector for doubting lovers (Mouth of Truth) lies inside the atrium of St Mary's in Cosmedin church.

Dining Out

Discover a host of culinary delights and various pastas: try acio e pepe (with pecorino and black pepper) or amatriciana (with tomatoes, red pepper and unsmoked bacon called guincale).

For a dinner to remember, eat at one of Rome’s most sensual restaurants, La Terrazza, on the top floor of the Hotel Eden and offering gourmet cuisine and a front-row view of St Peter’s and the Pantheon. Or try the stunning rooftop eatery of La Pergola in Mirabelle.

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Latest update Rome honeymoon destination: 13 October, 2019

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