ETERNAL LOVE: 7 ROMANTIC PLACES OF ROME
February 14, on Valentine’s Day, a collection of the best Italian short films about love, Italian Best Shorts 2: Love in the Eternal City, is released on Russian screens. This is a romantic walk through Rome under the motto “Life is beautiful!”. Inspired by the picture, we tell about the places of the Eternal city, where the heart beats more often.
To feel the magic of “Sweet Life”, like the heroes of Marcello Mastroyanniya and Anita Ekberg, it is better to come to the Trevi Fountain at night or at dawn. Although at any time, holding hands, you can feel how time stops here, and crowds of tourists stop. The fountain’s water is called the water of love, but still we recommend drinking another – from a small fountain to the right of Trevi. They say that lovers who try it will be together forever.
Gianicolo or Janicul Hill is one of the most beautiful panoramas of Rome at any time of the day or night. The walk starts from the famous “Fontanon” (Aqua Paola fountain). On the way, you can stay in the church of San Pietro in Montorio, in the courtyard of which there is a wonderful little temple of Bramante.
One of the most romantic sunsets can be experienced on Terrazza del Pincho in Villa Borghese, the “green heart of Rome.” And before that – take a boat ride on a pond, immersed in greenery, or stroll through the Borghese Gallery under the views of the heroes of Caravaggio and Raphael.
Having promised to always tell each other the truth and the only truth with Bocca della Verita, Ust of Truth, as in the “Roman Holiday” by William Wyler, you can turn to Cliviot di Rocca Savella. Scenic, as with watercolors of street artists, the road leads to the summit of Aventine along the walls of Castello dei Savelli, to the small secluded park of Savello and the famous Orange Garden, Giardino degli Aranci, where inspirational scenes of “Great Beauty” were shot by Paolo Sorrentino.
Castello Sant’Angelo, Castle of the Holy Angel, illuminated by evening lights, fascinates – as well as the view that opens from its terrace at sunset. On the bridge in front of the castle, you can listen to street musicians to the noise of the Tiber (especially those who get to the music of Pink Floyd are lucky), and then walk along the river to the pedestrian Ponte Sisto, one of the most romantic bridges over the Tiber. Many films were filmed here, for example, “The Window Opposite” by Ferzan Ozpetek. With Ponte Sisto, you can admire Isola Tiberin, washed by the waters of the “bright river” by an island where time has stopped.
Trinita dei Monti, the titular church, to which the Spanish Steps lead, is one of the most famous heroes of the Roman postcards. To meet the sunset, sitting side by side on the stairs, is more romantic than ending any day, and even a ban on eating on the stairs is explainable, because in such beauty one simply does not think about earthly things. Near the stairs is the home of John Keats, the romantic poet who owns the words “In beauty, truth is beauty, in truth” (it is said in Ode to a Greek Vase, but it will suit every brick of the Eternal City).
We want to complete the selection with a place that the Romans themselves choose for romantic walks – the “Zodiac” path in the northern part of the city, outside the historical center. During a walk along the “road of lovers”, you can see the Square of Clodio, Foro Italico, the Olympic Stadium, the Trionfale and Monte Mario neighborhoods – until in the silence of twilight the Eternal City begins to be lit up with a thousand lights.