A few tips for young lovers in Rome – some of the city’s most fascinating sights:
If you walk from the Bocca della Verità (mouth of truth) toward Testaccio along the Lungotevere riverside avenue, you will come across a small sloping street which few visitors know about. It’s Clivo dei Savelli, a lovely way leading to the top of the Aventine Hill. The route is hemmed in by the walls of the Savelli castle dating back to the twelfth century. On the right we find the small, park, Parco Savello, set apart from the hustle and bustle of Rome. Everyone calls it the orange garden, Giardino degli Aranci. The magic of the location, its timelessness, will transport you where modernity ceases to exist. From the parapet you can admire the city from above. The view includes the imposing cupola of Saint Peter’s.
In the vicinity of Villa Borghese, we have the splendid terrace, Terrazza del Pincio, with one of the most amazing views in the world. This stunning panorama takes in most of Rome’s old historical city centre, and the sunsets viewed from here will leave a lasting memory. With romance in the air, why not hire a rowing boat on the villa’s boating lake? Relax amid the greenery of this fine park!
The promenade, Passeggiata del Gianicolo, was opened in the late nineteenth century. It starts out at the Fontana dell’acqua Paola, which Romans generally call the “Fontanone” or big fountain. The route leads you over the bastions of the walls ordered by Urban VIII in the seventh century. Here we may take in Rome as a whole. On the way, a visit to the Church of San Pietro in Montorio is an absolute must. In the courtyard, you will find the exquisite temple by Bramante (tempietto). The last stretch will now take you to the top of the Gianicolo, or Janiculum, with its commanding view of the entire city. From here, you will be able to spot all Rome’s great historical and monumental sights.
You might decide to give the Trevi fountain a miss. After all, it’s far too crowded and busy for lovers − on a day like today! But bear this in mind. According to an old legend, girls used to take their boyfriends there to drink a glass of water. That is, if he had to leave her for any length of time. The couple would then break the glass. This would seal their bond of fidelity, hence the fountain’s name, “l’acqua dell’amore” (water of love).
You may wish to wander away from the old historical city centre. Where better than the Zodiaco? The Zodiaco is one of the most romantic of Rome’s upland reaches to the north of the city. By day, you will see piazzale Clodio, the Foro Italico, the Stadio Olimpico and the entire area of quartiere Trionfale and Monte Mario. In the evening, with its myriad lights, along an avenue known as the ‘viale degli innamorati’, or ‘lovers’ lane’, the magic intensifies.
Even as lovers, we know that, from time to time, we too need to be a part of the chaos what makes up the daily life of a great city. But, soon, we know, we’ll return once more to the dreamy realms of silence.
What’s happening in Rome
From February 4th extraordinary opening of Musei Capitolini is back on Saturday. A new animation program full of concerts, theatre, lectures and tasting sessions.
All February and March weekends, at small free museums, a rich program of events has been scheduled too.
On Saturday night from 8.00 pm until 24.00 (last admission at 11.00 pm) by paying one euro for a symbolic ticket, permanent exhibitions and collections are free. On Saturday and Sunday, regularly opening events organised in small museums will be free of charge.
Starting from February 4th, 2017 Domus Aurea’s archaeological restoration site will reopen enhanced by a new and innovative multimedia experience aimed to improve the scientific value of the site.
As implementation of the offer usually provided during the previous years, a new specific site project has been realized focusing on new technologies as immersive virtual reality and video narration. These new elements are aimed to increase the fruition of the visitors through the use of multimedia installations provided with the latest technologies as Video Mapping and Virtual Reality.
The Chiostro del Bramante in Rome is hosting “LOVE. Contemporary art meets amour”, curated by Danilo Eccher, from 29 September 2016 to 5 March 2017.
It brings together, for the very first time, icons of contemporary art like Yayoi Kusama, Tom Wesselmann, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Gilbert & George, Francesco Vezzoli, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Francesco Clemente, Joana Vasconcelos, whose works express highly experimental languages (as one of the last works of Kusama All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins which is among the most instagrammed art works in the world) that will involve and stimulate the public on many different levels.
Few monuments have managed to transmit, as the Ara Pacis does, the beliefs, ideals and ambitions of a ruling class at the height of its power. Over the centuries the monumental altar has experienced stories and events that you can now relive thanks to the multimedia project THE ARA AS IT WAS, the first systematic redevelopment project in augmented reality of the cultural heritage of Rome.