Valentine’s Day sounds so much better in Italian, La Festa Degli Innamorati, and the customs go back to the Roman Empire when February 14th was the feast of the goddess Juno. Fast forward. It’s still a celebration for lovers and Baci Perugina are a popular gift. These candies include a poem on a small strip of paper in four languages, a nod to the old traditions when lovers attended poetry readings on this day. But when I think of Valentine’s Day and Italy, I think of Verona and Venice, two of the most romantic cities on this earth. Roaming the alleyways and waterways of these great cities. Sitting down to a magnificent candlelit meal. In Verona, for example, they celebrate Verona In Love for two days (pictured above). People share chocolates and wine and expressions of love. You can even go to the piazza and propose to your girlfriend or boyfriend with many others.
It would be difficult to get there in the next two days, but imagine it this Saturday and maybe plan for next year!