Romes Top Three Romantic Venues
Italy – a big country with thousands of fantastic tourist sites, but if you want to pack in as much as possible, go to Rome. With cheap flights available through one of Europes key operators Christmas in Rome might be just the ticket! You can see The Pantheon, the Colosseum and the Sistine Chapel all within walking distance! These are just a few of the major landmark attractions tourists come to enjoy when visiting the capital. When its chilly – the expresso machine is working full time, people still come out to play, whatever the weather and of course, the cold weather enables Italians to show off their beautiful winter clothing. Here are thee hotspots for people-watching in the Eternal City!
Trastevere is one of the hippest districts in the city for dining and nightlife. Wend your way through Trastevere’s warren of narrow little streets that lead to the stunning piazza of Santa Maria – a vast square enclosed by magnificent 16th century buildings and home to the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere , one of the oldest churches in Rome. This elegant enclave of bars, cafes and restaurants with a sun splashed fountain in its centre, is arguably the most atmospheric place to hang out in the city and the best place to experience the sights, smells, sounds and colours of everyday life. By day, it’s packed with locals getting their caffeine fix, Mums pushing buggies, and wide-eyed tourists; and when the sun goes down, it’s the favoured stomping ground of young Romans and out-of-towners. Come for a cocktail or a glass of vino and watch the catwalk of beautiful people and the musicians, who often put on a show – but be prepared to pay a little extra. Or, do as the young locals do – bring your own bottle, hang out by the fountain and strike a pose.
The Spanish Steps
No trip to Rome is complete without a climb up the famous Spanish Steps (Scalinata Spagna) – it’s the longest and widest staircase in Europe that climbs the steep slope from the Piazza di Spagna, up to the Piazza Trinità dei Monti, and the Trinità dei Monti Church. This Baroque staircase has 138 steps and provides big views from the top. From the 18th century, it was known as a place to been seen, and women would come here, hoping to be chosen as an artist’s model. These days it’s still the place to be seen, but remember not to take food there – it’s been banned. When its time to eat, stroll over to the Piazza di Spagna, which is surrounded by lively cafes and tea rooms.
Trastevere is one of the coolest districts in the city for dining and nightlife. Make your way through the little streets that take you to the piazza of Santa Maria – a massive square enclosed by magnificent 16th century buildings and home to the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere , one of the oldest in Rome. The bars, cafes and restaurants have a great astmosphere and perfect for experiencing the sights, smells, sounds and colours of everyday life. By day, it’s packed with locals getting their caffeine fix and at night, it’s the favoured stomping ground of young Romans and out-of-towners. Or, do as the young locals do – bring your own bottle, hang out by the fountain and strike a pose – weather permitting!
Campo dei Fiori
Rome’s most beautiful and historic square, Campo dei Fiori, is an action packed playground that teems with people all hours of the day. Filled with cafes, bars, and restaurants, this is the place to refuel in style. You can rub shoulders with the locals in the colourful market or pick up a treasure in the chic boutiques. Or simply take a ringside seat at one of the terrace bars or restaurants – whether you come for lunch or warming hot chocolate after a hard day’s sightseeing, the views never fail to disappoint.
Keep your eyes open for cheap flights to Rome – you’ll have the time of your life!