Written by Paula Jones Last updated: June 6, 2006
When in Rome…you’ll have a lot of fun!
If you’re looking for a city that oozes romance and is big on history, culture, religion, style and cuisine, then look no further than Rome ‐‐ the Eternal city. With its ancient architecture making a perfect backdrop to your snaps, make sure you take headscarves and shades so you really look the part. You don’t have to get around on a Vespa, however, as it’s more pleasurable to wander on foot from square to fountain to museum, so you don’t miss out on the atmosphere and smart street style. And whether you’re looking for a papal blessing, a perfect plate of spaghetti, or passion and indulgence in the style of the Roman Empire, you’re sure to find it…
When in Rome, do as the Romans do… so basically, that means breakfast is off, apart from a coffee or two. Save the calorie space for a blow‐out lunch, a leisurely affair involving many courses. If you’re on a budget, grab a slice of perfect pizza at Pizzeria da Baffetto, a Roman institution. Make sure you leave enough room for at least one ice cream. The gelati at Giolitti are near‐perfect and you will want to go back for seconds.
Caffe Greco was the meeting place of many composers and artists from Baudelaire to Goethe, and is now a stylish place to hang out on Via Condotti. You’ll probably find yourself on that street at some point, gazing into the shop windows of Prada and Gucci. The district of Trastevere is ideal for dinner in a trattoria al fresco.
You are really spoilt for choice in Rome, but the Pantheon is so spiritual and serene, with the shaft of light descending from the heavens, that any partner should feel moved and blessed at the same time.
Start with a viewing of Roman Holiday, the charming, old‐fashioned romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Fellini’s La Dolce Vita is also set in Rome and contains the famous scene with Anita Ekberg in the Trevi Fountain. Three Coins in a Fountain is another entertaining romance, all about three American women who find romance in Rome. For a more historical angle read I, Claudius by Robert Graves, or watch Ridley Scott’s Gladiator.
Buon anniversario! = Happy anniversary
Ti amo = I love you
Auguri! = Congratulations!
Mi voui sposare? = Will you marry me?
Stag parties will certainly want to visit the ancient Roman sites, like the Colosseum, where testosterone‐fuelled warriors battled it out for the Emperor’s favour. Circus Maximus was the main stadium for chariot racing, and the Roman Forum is ideal for getting a good understanding of where all those Roman generals planned their empire‐building strategies. Hens, meanwhile, will certainly want to spend a bit of time on Via Condotti, where Italian style comes into its own.