Breathtaking scenes are required for romantic moments such as proposals, and Rome certainly offers plenty of choices. Whether you’re looking to propose in front of landmarks bearing thousands of years of history, or under candlelight over spaghetti, here are suggestions for those hoping for a return home with a new fiancé or fiancée.
In front of the Trevi Fountain, on a Vespa
It’s a chance to channel your inner Audrey Hepburn or Cary Grant in Roman Holiday – board a Vespa and navigate through the alleyways at dusk. The experience is sure to be a mix of bliss, hilarity and excitement for the both of you. At the close of night when crowds thin off, park in front of the Trevi Fountain to declare those four words. The Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and possibly the most beautiful in the world. When the bystanders cotton on to your proposal and start cheering, enjoy the moment before zooming off into the night for private celebrations.
On the Spanish Steps, after breakfast
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The great Spanish Steps are probably the finest example of Roman Baroque style. The surrounding area is full of wonderful little cafes, flower shops, artists and street performers. Visit early in the morning, before tourists arrive, for a pastry and a delicious cappuccino – a typical Italian breakfast. Get your food to go and sit on the steps until the moment feels right. Proposing early in the morning means you have a whole day to celebrate in this magnificent city.
On a picnic blanket at The Giardino
The Giardino degli Aranci, known as the Orange Garden in English, is a 7,800 sq m park on Aventine Hill. It looks over Rome and at sunset, many have commented that the city glows like fire with intense reds and oranges, from this viewpoint. The park also sits behind the ancient Basilica of Santa Sabina church, and within it, you’ll find Giacomo Della Porta’s fountain, so there’s lots to uncover in the area. Enjoy the view of the glowing city over a picnic supper and then surprise your significant other with the magic question.
Under the arches of the Colosseum, followed by prosecco
The Colosseum is an icon of Rome, built over 2,000 years ago. This ancient gladiatorial arena is spectacular, with tiered marble seats around the arena floor, while outside 80 grand arches tower high. At night, they are illuminated, bringing a touch of magic to the attraction. If your partner enjoys history, why not spend a day exploring Rome’s historic gems, finishing at the grandest piece of all, the Colosseum. Sneak under an arch and get down on one knee near closing time, and celebrate your (hopefully) expected response with a bottle of prosecco afterwards.
In the middle of the lake at Villa Borghese Park
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Villa Borghese is a huge landscaped garden in the centre of Rome, close to the Spanish Steps, yet remains relatively undisturbed. Inside the park are a number of museums, including the Borghese Gallery housing paintings from artists such as Raphael and Caravaggio, as well as the Rome zoo, the Biparco di Roma. The best part of the park is that couples can rent a boat and row out on the lake to a beautiful scenic backdrop of trees, flowers and sculptures. The lake is circled by a walking path Viale del Lago, and at the centre is the Temple of Asclepius. The old-fashioned row boat makes for a nice private spot to ask for a lifetime together.
On a rooftop with candlelight
The Hotel Forum is the only Roman hotel that overlooks such amazing history, facing the Forum of Nerva and Augustus’ Temple. Its Roof Garden restaurant provides gorgeous views of the city including landmarks such as the Colosseum and the Piazza Venezia. This is a truly astounding place to take your partner and the food is superb. Book a dinner for two and watch the sun set before turning to reveal your ring in the glow of candlelight. The atmosphere is relaxed and sophisticated – perfect restaurant setting to plan a proposal.
In St Peter’s Square, Vatican City
The Vatican City is a tiny independent city state in the heart of Rome. Within it is St. Peter’s Square, one of the most captivating squares in the world. It was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini during the 17th century and fits up to 300,000 people. Points of interest include an Egyptian obelisk, brought to Rome by Emperor Caligula in 37 BC, and two fountains within the elliptical piazza. The square is in front of St. Peter’s Basilica, a world-famous Italian Renaissance church. Your other half will be in awe of the beauty within this square, where you can both enjoy a delicious tiramisu or gelato. We’ve all heard of hiding a ring in dessert, but what can be more romantic than finding an engagement ring in a classic Italian dessert, in the heart of the Vatican City? It’s a ‘Si’ from us.
This story was first published in SilverKris.
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