Celebrate love in Rome, 7 tips on how to surprise your loved one on Valentines Day

happy-valentines-day-rome-2014Needless to say that Rome is one of the most romantic cities in the world. With “La Festa Degli Innamorati,” -as Valentine’s Day is called in Italian- fast approaching you might think about surprising your loved one. And, with so many romantic Valentine’s Day events lined up, you are spoilt for choice. You start the surprise with booking a room at Retrome Rome and from there on you plan the rest of your day (by the way a true Roman Valentine’s Day starts with a late morning). Here are some suggestions on how to spend “La Festa Degli Innamorati” 2014 in Rome.

1. If the weather permits rent a bike. Buy some goodies to pack into the basket of your bike and head for one of the romantic spots in the city, like Villa Borghese, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza del Campidoglio , the Gianicolo (or Janiculum) hill or the Monte Mario Observatory to see the eye catching panorama.

2. Or go to Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on St. Valentine’s Day. Vatican city has invited engaged, heterosexual couples to a private audience with Pope Francis. “Engaged couples who have already attended or are presently attending marriage preparation courses are invited to a meeting with the Holy Father,” the statement said in several languages, in spite of the Pope’s evolving stance on homosexuality. The event, called ‘The Joy of Yes is Forever,’ will take place on February 14th: at 11:00 hrs in the Paul VI Audience Hall – Vatican City. You can register by writing to events@family.va

3. Lovers can visit the museums of Rome in a get two and pay one ticket deal at all state-run museums and archaeological sites to enjoy a cultural Valentine’s Day in Rome. Thanks to the Italian Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities and its annual “Innamorati dell’Arte”, or “In Love with Art” campaign  romantics who want to sublimate their feelings under the motto “culture … is good for love !” can do so on 13 and 14 February.

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4. Another option is to go visit renowned Japanese photographer Kazuyoshi Nomachi‘s exhibition: Le Vie del Sacro in La Pelanda – Centro di Produzione Culturale. The 200 stunning photographs are part of the 40 years of work and life of Kazuyoshi Nomachi. His photographs have been published worldwide and in major photography magazines such as The National Geographic, GEO and Stern. Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 4, 00153 Rome.

5. The tradition of locking love padlocks to bridges, railings and lamp posts began in Italy after the release of the best-selling book “Ho voglio di te” (I want you) by the Italian author Federico Moccia. In the story two lovers tie a chain and a padlock around a lamppost on the north side of Rome’s ponte Milvio and throw the key into the Tiber River below. Though the Rome authorities recently issued a decree that the thousands of padlocks on the Ponte Milvio must be removed lovers still tie their chains and padlocks there in an attempt to defy the authorities. Love conquers all, especially on Valentine’s Day.

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6. On the most romantic evening of the year a soprano, tenor, and baritone, together with dancers from the Academy of Lyric and Dance in Rome and the Chamber Ensemble will delight you with magical moments of opera and ballet. Great Opera meets Ballet in Rome on February 14th, 20:30 hrs. at Chiesa Evangelica Valdese (Main Hall).

7. For an amorous dinner date you don’t have to walk far. Caffé Propaganda at the end of Via Marco Aurelio (near the Colosseum) is the perfect spot to end your valentines day in Rome.