The Eternal City is a classic setting for a little romance, from the splendor of the Roman sunrise to the evening glow over the Forum. This sense of intimacy delivers romantic accommodations, restaurants, coffee bars and night clubs throughout the city. Rome features hundreds of romantic hotels, which also can accommodate romantic visits that include families. The hotels welcome children of all ages. Italian hotels have scaled pricing with late July to early September being the most-expensive season.
Near the Pantheon
Tucked away on a quiet street near the Pantheon in one of Rome's most prestigious neighborhoods, you'll find the 11-room Relais La Clarisse (leclarisse.com), a former convent of the Order of Santa Chiara turned boutique hotel. The peaceful, attractively decorated guest rooms retain the ancient beauty of the original building with their wrought-iron furnishings, terra cotta flooring, vaulted barrel ceilings and views of the courtyard garden while offering luxury guest amenities such as flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi and whirlpool baths. Enjoy complimentary breakfast in the garden or a romantic evening aperitif under the ancient olive. Seasonal couples packages are availableso be sure to inquire when you make reservations.
Should you prefer a slightly larger establishment for your romantic getaway consider St. George Roma (stgeorgehotelrome.com) along the charming Via Giulia or the Raphael Hotel (raphaelhotel.com) just steps away from Piazza Navona. Each offers couples' getaway packages that include sparkling wine and chocolates -- or strawberries in season -- late check-out and breakfast in bed.
The Donna Camilla Savelli Hotel designed by 17th century architect Francesco Borromini for Donna -- or Signora in modern Italian -- Camilla Savelli, Duchess of Latera and wife of Piero Farnese, the hotel (alpitourworldhotels.com/sito_DonnaCamillaSavelli) offers old-world charm and grace in Rome's trendy Trastevere neighborhood. The 78 guest rooms have preserved the original baroque architecture with open beam ceilings and hardwood flooring. Antique furnishings and high thread-count fabrics complement the blended décor as do the luxury guest amenities. Savor an aperitif on the elegant roof garden while watching the extraordinary Roman sunset for an extra-romantic evening. Donna Camilla Savelli Hotel offers various couples packages throughout the year that include sparkling Italian wine and chocolates or chocolate-dipped strawberries (in season), breakfast in bed and late check-out. Some of the packages also include a couples cocktail on the terrace. Be sure to ask which package is available when you make reservations.
If convent-turned-hotel doesn't appeal to you, try the ultra-trendy Ripa Hotel (ripahotel.com/en/index.php) or the elegantly à la mode Fortyseven Hotel (fortysevenhotel.com). These two very modern, super chic hotels offer romantic packages that accommodate diverse requests. Ask about the details of each package when you make reservations.
Along Via del Corso
Originally built in the mid-1800s for a noble family from Piemonte then turned into a luxury hotel in 1860, the Grand Hotel Plaza Roma (grandhotelplaza.com) features stained glass windows, opulent wood paneling and hardwood flooring, massive Carrara marble lions prowling the grand staircase, original cage elevators, oriental rugs and luxurious fabrics. The romance of the 19th century lives in the Grand Hotel Plaza Roma surrounded by 21st century amenities. Many of the Grand Hotel Plaza's couples packages include a romantic dinner at the hotel's restaurant.
If you prefer cozier quarters, the Hotel del Corso (hoteldelcorsoroma.com) is housed in a Renaissance palazzo, just steps away from the Spanish Steps. The hotel's rich wood paneling, hardwood floors, classic wall-coverings and matching fabrics combine to create a romantic turn-of-the-century ambiance with 21st century comfort. Savor your complimentary continental breakfast on the roof-top terrace with its view of Rome's colorful roof-tops. Be sure to ask about the seasonal couples packages.
La Dolce Vita on Via Veneto
A local landmark, the 316 guest room Westin Excelsior (westinrome.com) features classic furnishings, Carrara marble flooring and décor accents, crystal and sterling silver accoutrements, super-luxury amenities. The largest hotel suite in Italy features a hand-frescoed cupola, private elevator and marble staircase and hot tub with mosaic floors. Try the "Relax and Indulge Love" package, which includes a deluxe room, late check-out, sparkling Italian wine, fruit basket and breakfast in bed.
A smaller choice for those looking for a romantic getaway is the 122-room Grand Hotel Via Veneto (ghvv.it). Murano glass chandeliers, black granite floors and travertine stairways accent the hotel decor. Super-luxury guest amenities, the Magnolia haute cuisine restaurant, an ultra-chic wine-and-seafood bar and roof-top Sky Bar & Grill blend to shape a unique luxury hotel experience. The Experience Your Romance@GHVV package features a bottle of Champagne Gosset, fresh flowers, two desserts of your choice and free access to the wellness and fitness center.