Rome - Both Romantic and Family Friendly
Rome is considered one of the world's most romantic cities, and it is a well-deserved reputation. But even if you've brought the children and you're staying in a family hotel, Rome demands you find time for a little romance! A family holiday to the Italian capital will be filled with once-in-a-life time experiences, but it can also provide a surprisingly intimate atmosphere. If you explore some of the city's lesser-known and consequently less crowded spots, you'll find romance wherever you go - even with the children along for the ride!
Choose the Best Location
One of the most fashionable and romantic areas of the city is Trastevere, which is loved by couples and families for its beautiful churches and buzzing atmosphere. It's also an ideal place to find a wonderful family hotel. Rome and all its major sights are just a short distance from Trastevere, making it a perfect location for a base for younger children, who might not be up to too much walking. However, this district is also well known for its romantic restaurants and fine cuisine, so it's not hard for mum and dad to take advantage of hotel childcare and slip away for the evening together.
Setting the Scene
The Aventine Hill and the Giardino degli Aranci are both attractions that are appealing to both children and adults. The tranquil atmosphere of these gardens that date back to the 13th century make the perfect setting for a romantic stroll on an afternoon away from your family hotel. Rome is home to the Palace of the Cavalieri di Malta, which is the headquarters of the Priory of the Knights of Malta, the only private organization in the world that is also a sovereign state. The headquarters 'keyhole' is a unique attraction, made from topiary hedges that frame magnificent views of St. Peter's Basilica from the top of the hill. Children will love spending time here, while mum and dad can enjoy a romantic stroll.
Enjoy a Romantic Atmosphere
To truly absorb the awe-inspiring history of the city, the entire family will enjoy an excursion to the Appian Way, a 2300-year-old road that is both atmospheric and beautiful all year round. In the spring the road is lined with wildflowers, and an easy stroll will take you past some of Rome's most opulent villas and stunning scenery. The picturesque changes that sunsets bring to the Italian capital are even more dramatic on an early evening walk along the Appian Way. While it may not be suitable for very young children, older ones will appreciate the beauty and history of the area, while mum and dad can enjoy the romance!
A family trip to Italy's capital can be fashioned into whatever you want it be, and if romance is on the agenda, the city will not disappoint. From the comfort of a central family hotel, Rome, with its magnificent sights, alluring atmosphere, rich history and, yes, romance, will provide an amazing experience for both children and adults.