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As wedding planners born and raised in Rome, we could not avoid writing a lot about this town even though our best weddings have been realized up in the mountain or the cozy rustic countryside.

However, we can surely help our clientele to discover what this millennial town, and since most of us have been raised here, we can surely give you advises and tips to spend your money better and not fall into the trap of luxury and lavish venues and hotels that does not have a lot to tell unless their prestige and central position and fame.

First of all, why a coupe would love to get married in Rome? Most of the time, couples who request our assistance to marry in Rome ask for elopement planning. 

This is because maybe they have already been there once for vacation and probably had their engagement.

However, we will talk about the best wedding venues in Rome in another post. Today, we want to focus on the best places to elope in Rome and how to elope in Rome for foreign couples.

Let us have a look at the unknown places in this town to live your elopement in Rome!

 

Appia Antica

View of the Appia Antica route in Rome.

One of the most underestimated places by tourism is the route Appia Antica, and this route is the most famous and ancient of the Roman roads, also known as Regina Viarum. The “Via Appia Antica” was born at the end of the 4th century BC.

Initially, the road included only the stretch from Rome to Capua; later, it was extended to Benevento, then beyond the Apennines, to Venosa, and then to Taranto. Finally, before 191 BC, it was led to Brindisi in Apulia, where two columns, one of which is still present, indicated the endpoint of the road.

With the fall of the Roman Empire, the road was abandoned to itself and remained unused for a long time. Throughout the Middle Ages, it assumed the role of a pilgrimage route both because it was flanked by the catacombs and because, leading to Brindisi, the pilgrims embarked for the Holy Land. It was only in the Renaissance that its slow recovery began, thanks to the efforts of numerous archaeologists and enthusiasts who contributed, together with the most recent interventions, to restoring the route.

Villa Pamphilj

Entrance of Villa Pamphilj in Rome

Villa Doria Pamphilj is a park in the city of Rome, which, like many other city parks, originates from the country estate of a Roman noble family. It is also the representative office of the Italian government. With its 184 hectares of surface, it is the largest Roman park and is one of the best-preserved “villas” in the city: the only tampering is due to the opening of the Via Olimpica (via Leone XIII), which divided the ancient estate. Villa Doria Pamphilj extends over a total area of 184 hectares and is considered one of the most important Roman villas because it still retains the seventeenth-century layout and the main features of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The villa is divided into three parts: the palace and gardens (pars urbano), the pine forest (pars fructuaria), and the agricultural estate (pars rustica).

Campidoglio

Square in Campidoglio in Rome.

For those who plan to get legally married in Rome, there is the wonderful Campidoglio waiting for them.
The first square that modern Rome has seen due to the genius of Michelangelo, stands on the Capitoline Hill (Capitolium), where an ancient village was located, and a place was chosen to dedicate numerous temples to the Roman gods.
The Florentine architect created an elegant podium for the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, placed in the center of the hill in 1537 so that this became the fulcrum of the new urban project.
In addition, Buonarroti designed an imposing staircase with large steps, the “Cordonata,” which allowed an easy climb even for knights, culminating with the solemn balustrade surmounted by classic marble groups placed here in the following decades.

Despite the long span of time and the different architects, the Piazza del Campidoglio today presents an admirable stylistic unity.

Villa Borghese

Lake in Villa Borghese in Rome.

With 80 hectares and nine entrances, Villa Borghese is the third largest park in Rome, after Villa Doria-Pamphili and Villa Ada. Between gardens, ponds, and temples, it offers unique and unforgettable views.
Its history is inextricably linked to art since its birth.
Commissioned by the Borghese family in the 1500s, in the following years, it was enlarged by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Paolo V. A great lover of art; he enriched the villa with the works of the most famous painters of the time using every means, including incarcerating the Cavalier d’Arpino to take possession of his over one hundred canvases and have Domenichino arrested to steal the ‘Diana Hunt’ from him.
The villa was completed the following century in 1633.
In the 1700s, Villa Borghese was embellished with various buildings, such as the ‘Garden of the Lake,’ one of the most enchanting corners of the park, where the Temple of Aesculapius is reflected in the lake among rare exotic plants, and the ‘Casino Nobile.’
The latter now houses the Borghese Gallery, where among others, you can admire paintings by Caravaggio, Bronzino, Raphael, Rubens, and Titian.

Via Margutta

Via Margutta in Rome.

Located today in the historic center of Rome, via Margutta is a parallel street of via del Babuino, halfway between Piazza del Popolo and Piazza di Spagna. But it was once a secondary alley, hidden by buildings, and for a long time, the only reason to walk it was access to the stables or warehouses located here.
In the Middle Ages this street became the street of artists as it is still known today. Even today, the identity of the first craftsman who decided to open his shop here is still unknown, but since then, Via Margutta has been transformed into a place loved by artists.
Over the years, Margutta was the home and seat of several prominent personalities such as Federico Fellini, Giorgio De Chirico, Domenico Mastroianni, and the set of numerous Italian and Hollywood films, first of all, Roman Holidays. The latter, in particular, was one of the first to make many directors fall in love with the street: it was here that a young Audrey Hepburn ended up after escaping from Princess Anne’s palace in the attic of a young journalist.
Today, after many years, via Margutta still looks like the street of artists, and walking through it, you can see small shops, the historic and lovely shop of the marble worker, and one-of-a-kind restaurants.
To remember him also the beautiful fountain of the arts, built in 1927 on a project by Pietro Lombardi, depicts the skills in an allegorical ensemble that refers to the easel, masks, palettes, brushes, and compasses for sculptors. Finally, the central masks symbolize the artists and their well-known fluctuating mood.

Isola Tiberina

Tiberina-Island

300 m long and 90 meters wide, it is connected to the rest of the city of Rome by two ancient Roman bridges on one side, the Cestius bridge with the central arch dating back to 46 BC, Trastevere side, on the other side the Fabricio bridge from 62 BC, Campidoglio side.
The most accredited legend regarding the origins of the island’s foundation is linked to the cult of the god Aesculapius, the divinity of medicine who led the island to be called the stone ship.
The most famous tell facts that date back on 291 BC, the city of Rome had been hit by a devastating plague. For the many victims, the priests, after consulting the sacred Sibylline books, sent a delegation to Epidaurus in Greece, the place of worship of Aesculapius. The ambassadors returned to Rome carrying on their ship a snake that was supposed to embody the divinity. As Ovid tells us, the snake threw itself into the river. Right there, a temple to Aesculapius was erected. The Tiber island was architecturally arranged just like a ship.

On this beautiful island is the ancient church of San Bartolomeo, built just above the ancient Roman temple dedicated to the god Aesculapius, whose ancient legend tells.
Next to it is an ancient Franciscan monastery, later transformed into a hospice dedicated to the neediest. In modern times, it was used by the Jews of the ghetto as a synagogue during the German occupation: this is now the seat of the Israelite Hospital. However, that the island has always been devoted to medical care is also testified by the presence of another and much more critical hospital, built here in 1500 and managed by the Congregation of San Giovanni di Dio, the famous “Fatebenefratelli.”

Colle Aventino

View of the Colle Aventino from the banks of the river Tevere.

In regards to Aventino hill we have a lot things to say.

The origins of the name of the Aventine Hill are numerous: some say it derives from aves. The word aves, indicated a species of bird, which Remus spotted during the competition with his brother Romulus to decide which place Rome should rise. Other scholars connect it to the term adventus, a gathering for the meetings held there by the plebeians on the Diana celebrations. An ancient legend also tells that Aventinus, the king of Albalonga, who died after lightning, was buried here.

Regarding the history of the Aventine, during the Monarchy and the Republic, the Aventine was the neighborhood of the plebs of Rome, who inhabited it densely and retreated here during the historic secessions, which marked its struggles for obtaining legal rights and politicians. Although the ancient Servian walls included the hill in their circle, until the time of Claudius, it was kept outside the pomerium, the sacred wall of the city, perhaps due to the presence of the temple of Diana, the seat of the Latin confederation. In 451 BC, the plebs withdrew into arms on the Aventine after another abuse of the circle of decemvirs, led by Appius Claudius, elected to draft the Twelve Tables and soon transformed into oligarchs. The crisis ended with the suicide of Appius Claudius, the obtaining of the necessary rights, and when the plebs went back to the city.
Colle Aventino was also the place of the extreme resistance of Caio Gracco and his supporters. In contemporary times, the Italian deputies were called “aventiniani,” who, in 1924, refused to enter the Montecitorio hall to protest against the Matteotti crime.
During ancient times, the Mount was home to a large number of temples, those of the God Mercury, of Iuventas and Diana; those of Ceres, Liber, and Libera, of Vertumnus, of Consus, of the Moon, of Iuppiter Liber, of Libertas, of Flora and Summanus. Where the Church of S. Prisca is now, it seems there was a building sacred to Minerva; where Santa Sabina is now, the temple of Juno Regina, to whom Roman spinsters went up in procession every spring; and near the current Sant’Alessio that of Iuppiter Dolichenus.

Transformed between the Republic and the Empire into a place of luxurious residences, the Surane, Decian, and Varo, and Stilicone Baths were built on the Aventine. Lucio Licinio Sura, builder of the baths mentioned above and a close friend of Trajan, this same emperor, the poets Nevio and Ennio, and the emperor Vitellius had their home there. For its luxury, it was the area of ​​Rome that more than the others suffered the sacking of the Goths by Alaric in 410 AD. After the sack, the Aventine was depopulated. It became so deserted that it was preferred by monks and religious as the site of monasteries or hermitages.

In 537, it was the refuge of Pope Silverius, accused by Justinian of plotting with the Goths of Vintage, and around the year 1000, the Holy Roman Emperor Otto III, who settled in Rome in the unfortunate attempt to implement the Renovatio Imperii.
After the age of the Ottoni, the castle was occupied by the Savelli family, including that Cencio, who was elected pope with the name of Honorius III.

Remained solitary and evocative until the end of the nineteenth century, as the painter Ettore Roesler Franz testifies, during the twentieth century, the Aventine was transformed into an exclusive residential area where luxurious properties mix with the fascinating ancient buildings.

In regards to your your elopement in Rome in historical and charming place like this, we suggest you to visit the garden of oranges (Giardino degli aranci) and the rose garden of the Municipality (Roseto Comunale). Then, the Basilica di Santa Sabina, Saint Alessio Garden, Basilica dei Santi Bonifacio e Alessio, the famous keyhole of the Aventino, Chiesa di Sant’Anselmo and of course, the above-mentioned Isola Tiberina.

As a wedding planner in Rome, we will, of course, talk about the best wedding Villa in Roma. However, today we wanted to focus on something that can interest couples who want to elope and get the marvelous picture in the most unknown and evocative places in the millennial town.

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