Romantic Picnic in rome, is it a good idea for a first date?

Romantic Picnic in rome, is it a good idea for a first date?

A romantic picnic date was my first outing with my to be husband, the perfect choise! Meeting someone for the first time, how exiting but how nervous I was! We both have similar interests, we’re both single, he’s very handsome, it’s spring, I love picnics! I was thinking about a dinner date but he surprised me inviting me on a romantic picnic in Rome during the day time. A picnic is so less formal that a restaurant with waiters interrupting you all the time. You can easily get really close during a picnic and you can spend the entire day together without the embarrassment of saying “well its time to go home now, its late!”

My first date with my husband Andrea was a romantic picnic in Rome on the beach. He brought roast-beef sandwiches and strawberries, and we had lunch and talked all day about love, sex, books, history and the wonderful trips around the world exploring beautiful places and our lives and our goals and funny stories from our past. Afterward he asked me if he could kiss me and I said yes!

Fast forward ten years and we’ve had two wonderful boys together, slept very little the first year of parenthood, started different companies together. He supported me through the painful process of my beloved mothers death. I supported him through tough working moments. We’ve shared a ton of new experiences together, built an incredible ecological house on the Italian cost, travelled on a sailing boat with our kids.
So yes, a romantic picnic in Rome is a marvelous first date. Absolutely marvelous.

But remember important dates need a bit of planning and your girlfriend (trust me) will appreciate the fact that you took care in preparing the picnic event for her; she will feel special!

Rome is an incredibly romantic city so if your planning a special trip why not surprise your loved one with a romantic picnic in Rome under our beautiful pine trees? Remember if you don’t feel like preparing and thinking about everything we’re here exactly for this purpose, your romantic  picnic will be perfect in every way!


I relishing our time together, over a picnic on that same beach from before or in one of Romes beautiful parks, he asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. As it turns out, risks are worth taking and I said yes. In other words, pursue the one with everything you have, and don’t be afraid to enjoy a picnic or two along the way.

First and foremost, plan ahead.  The whole point of enjoying a romantic picnic in Rome is to take advantage of the great outdoors, so choose a beautiful spot on a day when the weather is agreeable.

Pack accordingly.  The following items/suggestions will help ensure that you are properly prepared.  To be fair, I’ve made this list rather thorough.  Pack according to your needs, companions, and environment. Forgetting something can really put a kink in your plans.

Picnic Packing List:

  • A comfortable blanket or ground covering to sit on.  If you are worried about ruining your favorite quilt or blanket, bring along a vinyl tablecloth to serve as an under layer.
  • A cooler for items that need to be kept cold.  Use plenty of ice packs to keep everything chilled.  You can also freeze bottled water, lemonade, or fruit juice to double as ice packs and save space–just be sure you have the time to let them thaw prior to serving.  Last but not least, don’t put the cooler in your trunk during transport, as it’s the hottest part of the car.
  • A basket or large bag to carry everything else. I think you absolutly need a beautiful wicker basket.
  • Plastic storage containers and plastic storage bags.  Both of these items prevent things from spilling, while also keeping food separated and fresh.

Note: Don’t put bread items  in a 100% sealed plastic container or plastic wrap. Instead use parchment paper, butchers paper, etc., to keep the bread from becoming soggy. 

  • Wonderful food (read my next blog for food tips)
  • Plates, forks, knives, napkins, cups and/or glassware, and a cutting board.  I prefer using the real stuff over plastic or paper.  It makes the picnic feel more special, and it saves the environment.

Note: I wrap my glassware in cloth napkins, and usually stack my plates and other fragile items within my blanket.  Also, there are many manufacturers on the market that sell picnic baskets that come with real glassware and server-ware and are specially designed to secure and protect it. 

  • Sunscreen and bug spray, I prefer a shaded tree so whats the point!
  • A sharp knife for cutting, a bottle opener for soda/beer bottles, and a corkscrew to open a bottle of wine. You’ll be kicking yourself if you forget these
  • Trash bags and moist towelettes for cleanup.