What is the history of Valentine’s Day?

Valentine could seem unique, but in fact...he is not.

A number of Valentines are thought of as the possible origin of Saint Valentine’s Day.

In Italy, it is believed that Valentine's Day is an old tradition that comes from the Roman Empire.

Here, Valentine’s Day is called "La Festa di San Valentino" or "La Festa Degli Innamorati".

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Do Italians celebrate Valentine's Day?

Yep, Valentine’s Day is undoubtedly celebrated in Italy

It is an essential part of Italian culture. 

And...for single girls in Italy, in the past, it was believed that the first man they saw on that day would become their husband.

How do Italians celebrate Valentine's Day?

Italians celebrate Valentine's Day in many ways like romantic dinners, love gifts, red rose bouquets, chocolate etc...

They also follow the tradition of "padlocking their love" to a bridge, and throwing the key away.

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Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet

In Verona, people attend a four-day Valentine’s celebration.

In fact, during Valentine's week, the city is decorated with heart lanterns and free concerts.

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Gondola Ride in Venice (traditional Venetian boat)

Although you can take a gondola ride all year round in Venice, on Valentine's Day it feels more romantic and magic. 

The gondola takes you through the typical canals of Venice with your dear ones and is definitely one of the most romantic experiences on the water.

Here you are away from the crowd and can spend the best Valentine’s Day by getting lost in each other.

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Above are just some of the things a couple can do in Italy on Valentine's Day.

Obviously, there are a lot of other experiences throughout Italy, like for example visiting the Perugina chocolate house in Perugia, and much more.

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