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Find romance in the eternal city of Rome

Sunsets over St Peter’s Basilica, opera amid the ruins and picnics shared in orange groves are all guaranteed to induce passion in the historic and glamorous Italian capital.
A view of St Peter’s Basilica across the Tiber



Known to Romans as the Giardino degli Aranci (Orange Garden), this pocket-sized park is a romantic haven with its manicured lawn dotted with fallen oranges. Grab a perch at the small panoramic terrace and watch the sun set over the Tiber. In summer, theatre performances are sometimes staged among the perfumed orange trees (Via di Santa Sabina; 7am–dusk; free).


The remnants of Emperor Caracalla’s vast 3rd-century baths complex are among Rome’s most awe-inspiring ruins. Come summer, Rome’s opera company moves here to give spectacular performances staged in the ruins. This year’s season focuses on Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Turandot and La Bohème (; Viale delle Terme di Caracalla; tickets from £18).

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