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Why Italy is the best destination for a perfect valentines holiday

BEIRUT | - January 24, 2017, 08h44
Joanna Achkar
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Ah Valentines! The time for romance, friendships, gifts, chocolate and flowers. The time when all the people around the world celebrate passion and compassion, when lovers reveal their feelings and when friends support each other. Love! That’s what it’s all about. And Italy is where love is.

Rome: the city of seven hills

This is where it all began. Valentinus was his name. He was a humble Christian who made the mistake to believe in only one god when the Roman emperor Claudius II had ordered all romans to worship twelve. Claudius has also forbid marriages and Valentinus stood against him by secretly marrying people together. However the latter got caught.

After his imprisonment, Julia, the jailer’s daughter, was brought to Valentinus for lessons. Julia had been blind since birth and Valentinus read stories of Rome’s history to her. The relationship grew stronger between the two and she became a Christian herself.

On the eve of his death, Valentinus wrote a letter to Julia asking her to stay close to god who had granted her sight back. He signed the letter, “From your Valentine”.

He was sentenced the next day, February 14, 270 A.D. in Porta Valentina, a gate named in his memory. And Julia planted near his grave a pink-blossomed almond tree, which is the symbol of love and friendship.

Even though the story of Valentinus is a bloody one, on each February 14, Saint Valentine’s Day is celebrated all around the world as a message of devotion and affection.
So what’s a better valentine then to spend it in the city where that symbol of love was born?

And don’t forget the fact that you can have the most late night romantic walks on the roman streets and go to the most beautiful fountain, the Trevi fountain, and throw that very special coin with your loved one.
After all, wishes might come true!

And if you’re looking for a romantic setting, enjoy the visit of Saint Angelo castle that offers the most magnificent view on the Tiber River. Also, take a walk on the most beautiful bridge of the city of Rome, the Saint Angelo Bridge, that will take you right in the middle of downtown where you can enjoy a drink or two at the roman bars.

Want to spend a relaxing afternoon? La Piazza Navona! Two big fountains on each side surround the square, In case you couldn’t make it to the Trevi Fountain; it’s an alternative for that coin! There, you will also find the most amusing entertainments; from people singing to others playing instruments like the harp.

So when in Rome, do as the romans do and just be romantic!

Venice: the city that radiates romance from every piazza, bridge and canal!
Even those who hate clichés can’t deny how captivating this city is!
What you have to absolutely do is take a ride on that traditional Venetian rowing boat, the Gondola. You need to choose a quiet time of day and bring a bottle of wine with you if you want to live the experience to the fullest.

And what is happening in Venice during that time of year? The Carnival of course! From January 31 to February 17, 2015. The perfect excuse in the palm of your hand!

Don’t forget to take a boat ride to the nearby islands and sip wine at Do Spade bar near the Rialto Bridge where the world’s most famous lover, Casanova, met his conquests. Make sure you are at the Rialto Bridge in time to have the perfect view on the Grand Canal lighting up at sunset.

Milan: where romance and fashion unite!
Why go to Milan for valentines? Because it is during that time that the city gets ready for the Milan Fashion Week that starts on February 25th, and also because Milan is a short trip from Lake Como, one of the most romantic places in Italy!

So don’t miss out and start planning that dreamy Valentine’s trip!
Oh Romance what you can do!

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