When in Rome

Honeymoon Ideas

Honeymoon like royalty. Hotel Hassler was the setting for Grace Kelly's honeymoon with Prince Rainier in 1965.
Courtesy of Hotel Hassler

What’s new to love in this 2,500-year-old Italian city? Explore Rome for your honeymoon.

When it comes to vacationing in the city, it is hard to beat Rome, one of Europe’s oldest cosmopolitan centers. Founded in 753 B.C., it’s easy to understand why Italy’s capital is also called the Eternal City. After all, it has been around just about forever, influencing art, fashion and food. In fact, it is often called the birthplace of Western civilization.

Where else can sightseeing mean viewing chapels painted by Michelangelo and exploring ruins like the Colosseum, built in 70 A.D? While marrying anywhere in Italy is complicated (you have to appear with two witnesses weeks before your wedding day, then post the “declaration” publicly for two consecutive Sundays before the marriage can take place), a symbolic Roman wedding is simpler and, of course, a Roman honeymoon is the easiest of all for a true taste of la dolce vita


Hotel Hassler

Hotel Hassler was good enough for Grace Kelly’s honeymoon with Monaco’s Prince Rainier in 1956 and it still holds up today. This 82-room luxury palace has fantastic panoramic vistas of Rome. It is perched up high on the famous Spanish Steps that link the Roman Baroque style of the Piazza di Spagna to the Trinita dei Monti Church at the top.

Each room is decorated differently with the finest 16th century antiques, splendid linens and artwork. Still a Hassler family-owned property, the best part for honeymooners are the arrangements the hotel can make for you. How about sweeping views of the St. Peter’s Basilica while dining in their romantic Palm Court garden? Or indulging in a customized meal while listening to a hired classical string quartet?

Just don’t be surprised if you catch a peek at celebs dining right next to you—everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Victoria Beckham is said to choose this property when in town.

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