The arch that separates the park of Monte Mario from Via Trionfale is always recognizable by the graffiti of some writer in the mood for passionate statements: "Sono qui per l’amore” (“I'm here for love"). How to deny it?
The belvedere of the Zodiac is in fact one of the iconic places for lovers in search of intimacy.
Once you have passed the arch of Viale del Parco Mellini, a walk a steep climb and you reach the top. The effort is rewarded by the breath-taking view of the Eternal City. The waters of the Tiber move slowly and the Apennines surround Northern Rome, which, illuminated as in a film, looks its best at sunset.
Between Rome and the stars, Lo Zodiaco café seems to stand still in time. A regular meeting place for many celebrities, the restaurant is divided into two structures: the outdoor chalet, in Sixties/Seventies style, with handmade ice cream counter service, cafeteria and gastronomy; the elegant restaurant has an ancient charm and it extends on four levels, overlooking an evocative panoramic veranda. Since 1956, this restaurant has dominated Rome from an altitude of 139 meters and since then it has been renowned as one of the 10 most beautiful terraces in the world. A perfect place for a romantic kiss or a candle-lit dinner.
In 2007, a new path, Boschetto degli Innamorati (Lovers' Grove), was inaugurated inside the Monte Mario Nature Reserve, connecting the area close to the café to Villa Mazzanti, home of RomaNatura. Going down from the belvedere you will find the entrance to the park on your left. A long walk through nature, an avenue dotted with benches where you can stop to chat and admire Rome from above: the district of Prati, Delle Vittorie, Borgo and above all the Vatican City with the immense St. Peter's dome.
The whole area is rich in vegetation and historic parks, such as: Casetta Rustica of the artificial lake, Villa Mazzanti, Villa Madama, Villa Miani and Villa Mellini, home of the Astronomical Observatory. Walking hand in hand, under the moon and the stars, you will experience the ideal atmosphere for declarations of love and timeless confidences.