La Festa Degli Innamorati – Italy
Valentine’s Day is synonymous with love. Italians traditionally have been considered to be lovers.
In Italy, “La Festa Degli Innamorati” (Valentine’s Day) is celebrated with a tradition of attaching “lucchetti” (padlocks) to bridges and railings and throwing away the key.
La Festa Degli Innamorati (Valentine’s Day) has its origin in the Roman Empire to celebrate the Queen of Roman gods and goddesses. The ancient Romans also considered this queen named Juno to be the goddess Queen of Women and Marriage.
Another legend related to the origin of La Festa Degli Innamorati (Valentine’s Day) refers to St. Valentine who was a priest who defied the Roman emperors’ order banning marriage between lovers during wartime and Valentine secretly married them. Once this was discovered, he was put to death on February 14 and later was named a Saint by Pope Gelasius.
The renowned Italian chocolate maker, Perugina creates a special edition of the Baci chocolate candies with a shiny red wrapper and a sweet red cherry and liquid center for the La Festa Degli Innamorati (Valentine’s Day) celebrations. These Baci chocolates have a foil wrapper containing a “love note” with a romantic phrase.
Florence and Venice are traditionally considered to be two of the most romantic places in Italy; but Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, celebrates La Festa Degli Innamorati (Valentine’s Day) with a four-day celebration of events designated “Verona in Love.” In the center of Piazza dei Signori a giant red heart is painted on the street and illuminated, heart-shaped lanterns are featured throughout the city center. Free concerts with romantic themes take place in Piazza dei Signori and there is a contest for the most beautiful letter written to Juliet.
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