Known as the Eternal City, Rome is the perfect location to proclaim your undying love for your partner.
It would be easy to simply show up at a spot with a stunning view and get down on one knee to propose. After all, breathtaking views of Rome’s historic architecture, cobblestone streets, and ruins from ancient Rome are around every corner. But a romantic proposal is meant to be a magical moment with some planning and forethought put into it.
If you want to pop the question in one of Italy’s most romantic (or should we say Rome-antic) cities, here’s how to arrange the perfect Rome itinerary, from romantic spots to experiences.
The most romantic places in Rome to propose
Pulling off the perfect proposal requires the perfect location to help set the mood. The problem is that Rome is literally full of such places, from the Tiber River to the Roman Forum to Saint Peter’s Basilica. But these romantic places really stand out.
1. The Colosseum
Founded circa 70 to 80 BCE, the Colosseum in the heart of Rome is not only an iconic landmark but also a magical backdrop for a proposal—the colonnaded windows and dramatic architecture will really pop in photos.
A popular spot, you’re also bound to get some joyous cheers from the surrounding crowd. If you’d like a more private way to propose at the Colosseum, book a small-group VIP tour for exclusive access or an after-hours tour to skip the crowds and lines and have some privacy for your special moment.
2. The Trevi Fountain
Located in the city center, the Trevi Fountain is arguably the most romantic spot to propose in Rome. Why? Legend has it that if you toss a coin into the fountain, you get a wish. One coin means you’ll return to Rome, two coins mean you’ll find love, and three coins mean that wedding bells are in your future.
Imagine the look on your partner’s face when you toss three coins into the fountain, wish to become married, and then kneel down on one knee and ask them to marry you. This moment will be even more magical and enchanting on a twilight evening stroll through the ancient city center, with gelato to celebrate after!
3. The Spanish Steps
Leading up to the Trinità dei Monti church and framed by picturesque buildings, the Spanish Steps make for a lovely proposal spot. With the church’s bell towers and the rising stone steps in the backdrop, it’s a striking setting.
4. Villa Borghese Park
Home to elegant villas and lush gardens just steps from the city center, the Villa Borghese gardens rise above Rome on Pincian Hill, giving you a fantastic view of the city.
After perusing the priceless works of art in the Galleria Borghese, plan a picnic lunch in the peaceful gardens, where you can pop the question with the whole city at your feet.
5. Aventine Hill
Another lovely spot for a hilltop proposal is Aventine Hill. Located away from the main tourist districts, you’ll have plenty of peace and quiet to propose amidst the park’s stately trees. For an extra special treat, make your move in the archway that looks toward Saint Peter’s dome.
Enhance the special romantic moment with an entire day of romantic experiences
The perfect proposal day isn’t just about that one romantic moment. You need to make the entire day special with fun activities that you share together:
- Go on a foodie tour and try some of Rome’s best eats while exploring the city at the same time.
- Sign up for a cooking class and learn how to make pasta or pizza.
- Take a day trip and go boating along the idyllic Amalfi Coast
- Book an exclusive experience for just the two of you, like a small-group VIP tour of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.
Top tips for proposing in Rome
To make sure everything goes smoothly on the big day, follow these suggestions:
- Get a proposal photographer to secretly photograph or film the special moment.
- Don’t forget the ring! You can make the marriage proposal even more special by buying one from a local jewelry store.
- Lots of popular Rome attractions get really busy during the day, so unless you don’t mind the crowds, plan to propose in the early morning or evening.
- If you’re not proposing in an elegant restaurant, be sure to make a reservation at one of Rome’s best restaurants afterward to celebrate.