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A Romantic Rendezvous in Rome
Rome is a treasure trove of history and culture, so what better place for a romantic trip? We decided to take a romantic mini-break in this glorious city and jetted over there for a long weekend of good food, music and sightseeing. There is something about travel that opens up the emotional well-springs and leaves us better able to be open to the possibilities and magical intrigue of romance. We certainly found that the artistic and beautiful surroundings were conducive to the most delightful of romantic vacations.
We flew into Rome's Airport and found our lodgings without a hitch. It was a sunlit evening, crisp and spring-like with a bright clear light as we entered the apartment for two in the Keats-Shelley house we had rented and began our Roman Holiday. Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck we were not, but dust danced in the air like magic, and the air tingled with anticipation. There was something very special about this place, perfect for love and romance. It was no wonder, we agreed, that so many artists, poets, writers and aesthetes had made their way here throughout the ages.
On our first day, we wandered around to get our bearings, walking hand in hand through the streets of the Capital, round ancient Roman sites and into The Vatican, where we sat a while in St. Peter's Square and just cuddled as we watched the people milling around us and took in the amazing architecture. Later, we lazily dined at the Hotel Forum, paying a premium for the fine food and better views out over the Roman Forum and the Capitoline Hill, the whole panorama bathed in moonlight as the music played. We strolled back to our apartment slowly beneath the stars.
The next day, we had brunch in a little café then meandered up the cool, verdant Aventine Hill. We visited the Basilica di Santa Sabina and spent some time in the Square of the Knights of Malta, where the dome of St. Peters can be magically seen through the keyhole of a garden door. After another fine romantic candlelit meal we ascended another of Rome's hills, Janiculum Hill, at dusk and were rewarded by delightful views out over the city. We rested a while, and stared out over the lights of the city as night fell.
On the final day of our brief stay, we wandered some more, visiting the Botanic Garden in the morning, where we found women calling messages of love to their men in the neighbouring prison amid the shady paths and greenery. After another fine lunch, we visited a few fantastic fountains, and padlocked our chain onto the Ponte Milvio, throwing the key into the river.
We were sad to have to wrench ourselves away from this city so soon, but left feeling relaxed and rejuvenated by our brief adventure. We knew that we would return again one day to sample the many delights of Rome once more, but for now, we had made more romantic memories together, memories of our Roman Holiday that would last a lifetime.
Rome Quick Facts
Area • Total
1,285 km2 (496.3 sq mi)
21 m (69 ft)
860.92/km2 (2,229.78/sq mi)
00100; 00121 to 00199
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Romes restaurants and beautiful food
Rome has some of the best Music in the World— Me
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