San Valentino - some special St Valentines experiences in Italy!

Tradition has it that on Valentines Day or as it is called in Italy, San Valentino lovers exchange small gifts, flowers or chocolates. And on the evening of February 14th, couples meet for dinner and decide to treat themselves to an evening of relaxation, pampering and fun. If you are able to get away for a few days for San Valentino with your partner and you are in Italy, there are some super special destinations to go to on Valentine's Day: Whether a special candle night event in Rome; or a fabulous dinner at the Castelli Romani with stunning views or 

a romantic escape to Venice or why not discover the origin of San Valentino in Umbria?

When in Rome

For a special evening, we also offer you the Candlelight concert by candlelight. The Valentine's concert will be held on February 13 in the splendid Ghione Theater. The musicians Luca Ruggero Jacovella (piano) and Donato Cedrone (cello) will make you rediscover the best soundtracks of love films in a truly intimate atmosphere. The event will be held at 7.30pm and 9.30pm. Tickets can be purchased online, starting at €15.

The Castelli Romani are located a short distance from Rome and are territories to be discovered: good food and a romantic view of Rome. Overlooking Lake Nemi, the Capodiferro restaurant is perfect for a romantic tete a tete; you can sit on its beautiful terrace overlooking the lake. But it will be its refined fish cuisine that will make you look good on every occasion. On the menu, don't miss appetizers such as the freshest raw fish (including scampi, Mazzara red prawns and fine de Claire oysters), or the cod mousse, chives and purple potato chips, equally inviting are the first courses, such as the Bottoni with shellfish with prawns, orange and marjoram, or square spaghetti from the Mancini pasta factory with grouper and artichokes, one of the chef's fortes.

Alternatively, Ristorante La Gardenia also offers stunning views over the lake, and a tailored San Valentino menu consisting of Amuse Bouche: Cipolla caramellata, brodo di porcini, parmigiano, e tartufo nero;  Antipasti: Magnum di Tonno, Nocciola e Rapa rossa; Cannellone di seppia , Cime di rapa, salsiccia e aringa affumicata; Pacchero soffiato, Scampi alla pizzaiola disidratata, Bufala e gel di Basilico; Gricia di Calamaro e Carciofi. The first course of Riso giallo, Ricci di mare, Erba Melissa, Burrata e Tartufo. And for the Main: Soffice di Baccalà, le sue Trippette “alla romana”, Patate, Limoni salati.

Why not Venezia?

Venice has always been considered one of the most romantic cities in the world, a symbol of love and beauty, the perfect setting for falling in love, getting married and experiencing love in the Veneto region. The city itself spells romance and combined with a romantic hotel setting, will provide a fabulous San Valentino Experience! Whether the stylish 4-Star Hotel such as the Carlton Hotel or the romantic Sina Centurion Palace Hotel in the Dorsoduro area of Venezia, with views on to the Grand Canal. 

The Carlton Hotel on the Grand Canal celebrates Valentine's Day in Venice with a "Love Night", Tuesday 14 February 2023, from 19:30 to 23:00. The soft light of the candles, the grand piano playing intimate and magical music, for a romantic, enveloping and stylish atmosphere. For Valentine's Day, their Chef has created three delicious menus inspired by love. Whether fish, meat or vegetarian based - a triumph of flavours, a paradise for the taste buds.The luxurious Sina Centurion Palace is one of Venice's historic hotels and staying there is pure poetry. When you open the windows of your suite and look out onto the balcony overlooking the Grand Canal, you will think you are in heaven. In the morning, enjoy a delicious breakfast on the Hotel terrace. And in the evening at the Antinoo’s Lounge & Restaurant,  you can enjoy the modern and contemporary taste of Venice - with options of 3 different dining experiences. In the White Room you will be enveloped in an environment of white shades of the walls characterized by the play of geometric figures in relief. A refined and charming environment, overlooking the Grand Canal, which in summer leaves room for a panoramic outdoor terrace. Otherwise, you can choose to enjoy the Chef’s cuisine in a warmer environment, the Red Room, from shades tending to red, where you can admire the breathtaking show of Venice.

San Giorgio Maggiore is located in a separated small island right in front of San Marco square, and the Campanile San Giorgio Maggiore offers stunning views across to Venice.  Afterwards for dinner at the restaurant San Giorgio Café with an exclusive outdoor area facing onto the basin of St. Mark’s, and an atmospheric view of the quay of the Island of San Giorgio and the Riva degli Schiavoni. You can also book tours of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini or tour the Labirinto Borges; stunning garden labyrinth.

Travel to the origin of San Valentino in Umbria

San Valentino - the Saint's custom of promoting relationships among the young is associated with a number of legends.  The legend of Sabino and Serapio tells of the difficult earthly marriage between a pagan and a Christian, brought together by Valentine for eternity in a blissful sleep. That of the Rose of Reconciliation, offered by St Valentine to an arguing couple to reconcile them, seems to have given rise to the anniversary of February 14th, the day on which the Feast of Lovers has been celebrated since the discovery of the body in the Basilica in Terni.  Basilica di San Valentino houses the altar containing the body of St Valentine.

There are some charming hotels in the surroundings of Terni, such as the Hotel Torre Palombara;  which is an exclusive and elegant resort overlooking  the rolling green Umbrian countryside. The historic residence, now converted into a beautiful family-owned boutique hotel, is built around a 15th Century original “Dove Tower”. When staying at Torre Palombara guests will encounter the true, warm, and personal Umbrian hospitality, with total discretion and privacy. 

San Gemini Palace has a promotion for St Valentine's Day with accomodation, spa treatments and romantic dinner. This five star hotel has nine luxury rooms to choose from, all tastefully decorated in typical Italian design style. Every room comes with a spectacular private bathroom complete with bathrobes and hair dryers. At the San Gemini Palace, Breakfast is served in the garden, which overlooks the green hills and large valleys of Umbria. Here you can start your day in a pleasant and relaxed way. If you are looking for a bit more privacy, then you may wish to stay in the Presidential Room. This roomy lodging is set at the “noble floor” and comes with its own private whirlpool bath, which overlook the Umbrian hills.

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