Valentine's Day in Italy: romance in the country of love
by Claudia Cuccureddu on Jan 29, 2018
Valentine’s Day: la Festa degli Innamorati.
Every February 14, all over the world, loved ones exchange gifts, candy and flowers to symbolize their love for one another. Valentine’s Day in Italy is different from how it’s celebrated in other parts of the world because very few places lend themselves to romantic vacations quite like Italy does. In Italy, this old tradition is known as La Festa Degli Innamorati.
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Beautiful Places to Visit in Italy this Valentine’s Day
When it comes to Valentine’s Day – Romance in Italy is easy to achieve because just about any spot can be romantic if you’re with someone special, but if you’re looking for some truly memorable places to take your loved one this Valentine’s Day, you can never go wrong with a weekend away in Venice, Lake Combo, Verona, Amalfi Coast or one of the many romantic Tuscan hill-towns.
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The Legend and Origin of St.Valentine
Although the holiday as we know it today is romantic, its origin isn’t romantic in the traditional sense. St. Valentine was a Roman Priest who lived during a time when the church was being persecuted by an emperor called Claudius. The emperor had an edict which forbade the marriage of young people but the defiant Valentine secretly married young couples within the church. He was eventually caught and executed. Valentine’s martyrdom, all in the name of love, is the reason why he is celebrated to this day.
The most endearing part of the legend is the story of how, after being imprisoned, Valentine fell hopelessly in love with the daughter of one of his jailers. She visited him often during his confinement, and in the last note he left her before being executed, he signed the letter “From your Valentine,” a saying that a lot of people still use centuries later.
Why not book a stay in one of our hotels for you and your loved one this Valentine’s Day, and explore the tradition of beauty and romance in Italy?
The most romantic Italian story: Romeo and Juliet.
Italy is full of cities where you can discover the charm of a romantic getaway. Among these, it is impossible not to mention Verona, one of the destinations where the spirit and atmosphere of a romantic Valentine’s Day become more vivid.
Verona is the city in which William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet tragedy is set: a story whose truthfulness is unknown and which sees the love between two young men opposed by their families, the Montecchi and Capuleti, at the center of the tragedy. Dante Alighieri himself recalls the tragic story of the two lovers in his most famous work, the Divine Comedy.
The place symbol of the tragic history between Romeo and Juliet is Juliet’s house, a building dating back to the thirteenth century in the center of Verona whose facade is literally covered with messages and dedications of love of visitors. Inside the courtyard, however, is a bronze statue depicting Juliet, loved and photographed by all tourists. According to a local legend, caressing the breast of the statue is considered a gesture of fortune.
The other characteristic element of the court is represented by the infamous balcony from which – according to legend – Juliet would have appeared to listen to the words of her beloved. In fact, the balcony was added during a project to restore the building around 1930. Juliet’s house now houses a museum while the bedroom of the tragic heroine is furnished with the bed used in the film Romeo and Juliet, directed in 1968 by the Italian director Franco Zeffirelli.
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