Anyone with a pair of eyes knows that Rome is one the most beautiful cities in the world. So it comes as no surprise that every year millions of tourists come from around the world to admire the treasures and masterpieces of Roman art and architecture. But a trip to the Eternal City can be eternally confusing for first-timers. These tips will make it easier to travel smart and help you enjoy the city in all its glory.
What to do
- Stroll hand in hand in the Villa Borghese gardens, Rome’s third largest park. Think tall pine trees, a boating lake, hidden fountains and a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
- For the best view of the city, head to the top of the Spanish Steps and enjoy a coffee at a nearby café. Then, at the foot of the steps, you’ll find the best ode to romance at the Keats-Shelley Memorial House at Piazza di Spagna. Here you’ll find manuscripts and memorabilia of English poet John Keats, who died in Rome at a tragically young age while pining for his love back home.
- Visit the Castel Sant’Angelo, on the banks of the Tiber, where you’ll find depictions of Cupid and Psyche in the private apartments of Pope Paul III of the 16th century.
- You can’t avoid Rome’s most historic symbol: The Colosseum is a must-see for its brutal history (which will captivate your partner) and its impressive structure.
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