St Valentine’s Day in Rome

Some suggestions for a romantic Valentine’s Day in Rome.

A recent survey by website found that Rome was the most popular destination for Italians on the weekend of St Valentine’s Day, beating Florence, Verona and Venice as well as foreign destinations such as Paris and Madrid.

Numerous Valentine’s Day events are taking place in the capital whose MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo and Chiostro del Bramante have a special two-for-one ticket offer, allowing couples to enjoy the museum’s seven exhibitions for the price of one ticket on 14 February.

For a romantic Valentine’s aperitivo check out Etablì near Piazza Navona, the Gin Corner in Campo Marzio, Ciampini at the Spanish Steps, Casa Bleve near the Pantheon, The Corneron Viale Aventino, or even Tre Scalini in Monti.

Many of the capital’s restaurants have special Valentine’s Day promotions and those with a romantic atmosphere include Settimio all’Arancio near Via Tomacelli, Enoteca Ferrara in Trastevere, and Caffé Propaganda near the Colosseum.

For a real treat check out venues such as L’Archeologia on the Appia Antica, Pierluigi near Campo de’ Fiori, or the Michelin-starred Imàgo restaurant in the exclusive Hassler Hotel at Piazza Trinità dei Monti.

For a romantic stroll see the Wanted in Rome guide to the city’s most romantic places; and for a full selection of what is happening in the capital on 14 February, including cinema listings, see our What’s On section.

Lastly, those who wish to leave Rome for the day should consider heading to Cioccolentinoin the Umbrian city of Terni, a festival which unites chocolate with eternal love, in the home of St Valentine himself.