Your Ultimate Guide to Honeymooning in Rome
Honeymooners are typically drawn to the rich history of European cities. But the classics—Barcelona, London, Paris, and Rome—are brimming with current appeal, too. These old dogs have some new tricks, which beautifully supplement their old-world romance. To help you plan an incredible vacation to the last of the four, we've complied a comprehensive guide to the destination, focusing on what's fresh and happening right now. Consider this your official crash course to the latest and greatest that Rome has to offer.
You can't beat Rome's legacy, but contemporary spots certainly contribute to it. Whether you're looking to stay, dine, or exploring in Rome, the metropolis has a ton to offer. Recently-opened hotels marry the old and new, combining gorgeous architecture with modern amenitities. On the food front, venues ranging from fancy restaurants to hidden speakeasies await, allowing you to dig into the finest local flavors. For couples who want to go out and about, Vespa tours and chic stores provide a lot to do. Just be sure to check the traditional attractions out as well—like the ruins and museums.
Make the most of your honeymoon to Rome with these recommendations. Aside from suggesting hotels, eateries, and activities, we've also consulted a local expert to find out her essential must-sees and must-dos. On top of all of that, we've spotlighted two nearby destinations, both of which would make great day trips. Plan your travels around these tips, and experience as much of the culture as you can. The iconic city is worth doing right.
Where to Stay: Hotel Eden
This Belle Époque icon steps from Via Veneto just emerged from a top-to-bottom redo. With Italian marble, gold accents, and pastoral frescoes, the lobby is made for a grand entrance, and the two rooftop restaurants from acclaimed chef Fabio Ciervo win the prize for unbeatable views. From $650 per night.
Where to Stay: H'All Tailor Suite
Riccardo di Giacinto and his wife, Ramona, recently debuted 14 jewel-box rooms above his Michelin-starred Ristorante All'Oro. Parquet floors, dark boiserie, and art curated by a local gallery create an elevated residential vibe. Breakfast is made by the chef himself. From $230 per night.
Where to Stay: Hotel Le Meridien Visconti
Head across the Tiber to the neighborhood of Prati for a stay that evokes midcentury glam, with a sleek lobby lounge, 240 clean-lined rooms and suites, and marble bathrooms. From here, it's an easy 10-minute cab ride to the Vatican. From $239 per night.
Where to Stay: Palazzo Dama
Just off Piazza del Popolo, this 29-room spot occupies an aristocratic mansion replete with velvet divans and chandeliers. And it's the only hotel in the city center with a pool. From $417 per night.
Where to Eat: Casa Coppelle
For a sultry date-night dinner, look no further than this Franco-Italian fantasy, tucked away near the Pantheon. Opulent interiors by renowned designer Jacques Garcia set the mood, and chef Fabio Rossi offers both a tasting menu and à la carte dishes.
Where to Eat: Caffè Propaganda
The place that brought subway-tiled bistro style to Rome has relaunched with an updated look and a new chef. Stop by after visiting the Colosseum for craft cocktails and Roman specialties like tortello liquido di carbonara and tiramisu in a meringue egg cup.
Where to Eat: Giulietta
No need to choose between thin-crust pizza Romana and doughier pizza Napoletana. Cristina Bowerman (of Michelin-starred Glass Hostaria) serves up excellent versions of both in her new Testaccio spot.
Where to Eat: Mercato Centrale Roma
There's now a reason to visit Termini Station even if you're not catching a train. This food hall from the team behind the Florence location brings together Italy's best artisanal food purveyors under one roof, from the popular street food Trapizzino to renowned cheese monger Beppe Giovale e I Suoi Formaggi.
Where to Eat: Co.So
Massimo d'Addezio, who earned his stripes at the Hotel de Russie's Stravinskij Bar, serves cutting-edge cocktails. Try the carbonara sour, made with fat-washed vodka, lemon, and black pepper. The location doesn't have a website, but it's located at Via Braccio da Montone 80.
Where to Eat: Spirito
The refrigerator door in the Panineria Premiata sandwich shop leads to this speakeasy, which serves burgers and other pub grub, as well as cocktails shaken at a custom roulette table.
Where to Eat: Roscioli Caffè & Pasticceria
"The maritozzo (a whipped cream–filled bun) is to die for," says Maria Pasquale, the author of popular blog Heart Rome.
What to Do: Scooteroma
Hop on the back of a vintage Vespa driven by a local guide for a street-art tour. He'll bring the area's murals to life, explaining details about the neighborhood's evolution along the way.
What to Do: Marta Ray
"Young designer Marta Anna Ratajczak makes the prettiest leather ballet flats at Marta Ray, her Trastevere boutique. They're elegant and functional, and come in a rainbow of colors," Pasquale shares.
What to Do: Mackie Messer
To fit in with the cool crowd that congregates around Via Pigneto, buy some vintage duds here. You might find fedoras, army jackets, and other covetable items. This shop is located at Via Braccio da Montone 54.
What to Do: Capitoline Museum
"The Capitoline Museum is considered the oldest public museum in the world. It has incredible terrace views over the Roman Forum ruins," Pasquale explains.
Plan a Day Trip: Sperlonga
This seaside town was a hangout for celebrities like Brigitte Bardot, Arthur Miller, and Cy Twombly in the 1950s and '60s. Its timeless charm remains intact, with whitewashed houses perched above a tranquil beach. The best part: It's two hours by car—or a 75-minute train ride—down the coast toward Naples.
Plan a Day Trip: Tivoli
In this picturesque town less than an hour east of Rome, you'll find the majestic Villa d'Este. The UNESCO World Heritage site is a romantic spot for an afternoon stroll through manicured gardens filled with grottoes and fountains sculpted to resemble ships and nymphs. You'll also find the ruins of Villa Adriana, constructed for the emperor Hadrian in the second century A.D.