Weekends and holiday can be hectic nights out in Rome. Even at the finer restaurants, the elevated number of covers on the books doesn’t necessarily mean there will be additional help on the floor, orders can get mixed up, the kitchen gets pushed to the limit. I avoid dining out on nights like this. But that doesn’t mean I suggest staying in on Valentine’s Day in Rome. Just do something different. Pick up some bittersweet chocolate at one of Rome’s best chocolatiers like La Bottega del Cioccolato, Moriondo e Gariglio, or Said and head to your favorite wine bar for a bottle of Amarone. Treat yourself to the luscious flavors of rich chocolate and fine wine and avoid the hassle of a busy night out.

For more on Valentine’s Day in Rome, check out my post on BudgetTravel.com