If you love romance… ROME
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.
Stretch your Rands
Let’s face it, the exchange rate is not in our favour, and Rome can be expensive. Here are simple ways to enjoy it within your budget:
1 Go out of season
Not only do you avoid the masses, travelling out of season means that all the costs are much cheaper.
2 Travel by train
The train system in Italy is affordable and easy to use. Clean, efficient and regular, you can travel between cities with ease. Simply book online – most websites and ticket machines have an English language option. Within the city, the metro system is quick. Buy single journeys or a bundle of four trips to make it more cost effective.
Race around the beautiful city like Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday.