St Valentine's Day in Rome

Some suggestions for a romantic Valentine's Day in Rome

For a romantic aperitivo on St Valentine's Day check out Etablì near Piazza Navona, the Gin Corner in Campo Marzio, Ciampini at the Spanish Steps, Ombrerosse in Trastevere, Casa Bleve in the historic centre, The Corner on Viale Aventino, or even Tre Scalini in Monti.

Many of the capital's restaurants have special Valentine's Day promotions and those with a romantic atmosphere include Settimio all'Arancio near Via Tomacelli, Enoteca Ferrara in Trastevere, and Caffé Propaganda near the Colosseum.

For a real treat check out venues such as L'Archeologia on the Appia Antica, Pierluigi near Campo de' Fiori, or the Michelin-starred Imàgo restaurant in the exclusive Hassler Hotel at Piazza Trinità dei Monti.

Current exhibitions in Rome with a hint of romance include I Vestiti dei Sogni at Palazzo Braschi, Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion at the MAXXI, La Roma di Ettore Roesler Franz at Museo di Roma in Trastevere, and Artisti dell’Ottocento: temi e riscoperte at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale.

That evening the Keats-Shelley House presents a reading, in both English and Italian, of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's love poems, Sonnets from the Portuguese, dedicated to Robert Browning, from 18.15-19.30.

For a romantic stroll see Wanted in Rome's guide to the city's most romantic places; for the "Top ten places in Rome to kiss your lover this Valentine's Day" see the list by Rome...If You Want To; and for a full selection of what is happening in the capital on 14 February, including cinema listings, see our What's On section.

Lastly, those who wish to leave Rome for the day should consider heading to Cioccolentino in the Umbrian city of Terni, a festival which unites chocolate with eternal love, in the home of St Valentine himself.