Sometimes we forget that Valentines Day is actually St. Valentine’s Day. Did you know St. Valentine was Italian? We remember that as we contemplate Valentine’s Day in Italy. Let’s take a look at some interesting facts on the tradition of Valentines Day in Italy, how and where it is celebrated:
Who was St. Valentine?
Apparently, there might actually have been more than one! According to the Roman Catholic Church’s Martyrology, the official list of recognized saints, there are no less than seven recognized St. Valentines. The one associated with Valentine’s Day was a Roman priest. For some diehard St. Valentine sightseeing, perhaps not the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day in Italy, but an interesting piece of information for future reference, St. Valentine’s skull is on display at the Basilica of Santa Maria Cosmedin in Rome.
How do Italians celebrate Valentine’s Day in Italy? Italians celebrate Valentine’s Day in the same ways that Americans do, with gifts of flowers, chocolates and jewelry. One of the most popular Valentine’s Day gifts in Italy is a box of Baci Perugina, those delectable chocolate covered hazelnut candies. Fittingly, baci is Italian for kisses. Many couples go out for a romantic meal. Restaurants all over Italy have Valentine’s Day specials. Hotels also offer Valentine Day specials for romantic types looking for a weekend getaway.
What are the most romantic places in Italy? If I were going to spend Valentine’s Day in Italy this year or any other, I would have a hard time choosing between Venice, Lake Como or the Amalfi Coast, but frankly there are dozens of other places, from Tuscany to Puglia. After all, Italy is inherently romantic!
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Have you ever spent Valentine’s Day in Italy? Are you planning on spending it there next year? Let us know!
Here’s to your Valentine’s Day in Italy!