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We all know that Valentine's Day is the time to make a grand gesture proving your love to a significant other. But one luxury hotel wants to help you make the grandest one of all. At Rome's newly reopened Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese, travelers can book a truly unique, romantic getaway with the hotel's Over-the-Top Valentine's Day experience—a €20,000 (approximately $22,147) experience.
So, what do you get for the lavish show of affection? The exclusive package includes a five-night stay in the Venus or Cupid Suite complete with an extravagant floral display, and a candlelit bath for two in Roman Donkey Milk. The unique milk bath is believed to be a secret to a long life and helps reduce wrinkles. And that's just at the hotel.
Throughout your stay, there will be several adventures, including a private tour of the Boncompagni Ludovisi family-owned Villa Aurora to admire Michelangelo sculptures and Caravaggio's only ceiling fresco and a helicopter tour to one of Rome's countryside vineyards for a private tasting, tour, and gourmet picnic. Plus, you'll get a nighttime tour through the city to see illuminated attractions like the fountain Fontana dell'Acqua Paola and Giardino Degli Aranci. A Roman Holiday Movie Tour is also included, where you can see famous filming locations from the Audrey Hepburn film on a vintage Vespa.
Of course, you need to walk away with a memento. That's why the hotel created a personal shopping experience at the studio of storied Italian luxury jeweler Cazzaniga. Here you can collaborate on a custom hand-made piece that you can wear during your night out with Giorgio Cazzaniga. The evening will start at Cazzaniga's luxury private residence to learn more about the family history before venturing to dinner at one of Rome's hottest restaurants.
"Italy in general, and Rome in particular, has always figured large in romantic films and novels," Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese's General Manager, Edoardo Giuntoli, told Departures. "We wanted to capture the essence of that appeal, with iconic activities and sights, and pair that with the finest that the city offers in pampering luxury. Our bottom line was to create a once-in-a-lifetime getaway for lovers, all combined in one. Through this experience, we want our guests to fall in love with Rome together as they embark on a romance-filled journey creating special memories in "The Eternal City."
The price of the jewelry from Cazzaniga is not included in the package price. And the night out with Italian Society is only applicable to people who spend €12,500 (approximately $13,842).