Love is in the Air: Valentines in Italy

Wherever you go in Italy, it seems that is love in the air! Italy, with Venice and its gondola rides, and Verona with Romeo and Juliet’s fake houses, is known as one of the most romantic travel spots in the world. But Italy isn’t only for lovers. There’s something for everyone!

Historians can trace the path of time. Through the Etruscan civilization, Magna Grecia, the Roman Empire, and into the Middle Ages and beyond.

Artists and scholars pull up to a veritable feast. At the countless museums, galleries, and churches. Chock full of the literature, philosophy, art, and science treasures spawned by the Renaissance.

Backpackers and sportsmen can choose from unlimited adventure. From endless sun-drenched beaches to quaint Alpine villages and medieval towns. From hiking and skiing to every water sport imaginable.

And sightseers can wear themselves out to their heart’s content! Traipsing from Rome to Pisa, Venice, Florence, and back to Rome again. Stopping at every little town along the way.

Yes, Italy has something for everyone. Even the young, and young at heart! Like Pinocchio Park in Pescia (Tuscany) or Gardaland, Lake Garda’s amusement park.

Love is in the air — and there’s something for everyone to love. But perhaps never as much as on Valentine’s Day!

Romantic Italy just seems made for it! Couples strolling down cobble-stoned streets. Romantic dining on outdoor terraces. And the ever-present boxes of the Perugina company’s famous Baci, or chocolate kisses. Each bacio wrapped in its own multilingual love note!

But when we think of Italy and love in the air, plain and homey things are what take over our hearts.

  • Olive trees in blossom and red-leaved vineyards in the crisp autumn air.
  • Fresh baked pizza, frothy cappuccinos, and hot peppers drying in the sun.
  • Outdoor markets, tiny shops, and hot fresh bread delivered right to the door.
  • Chubby-cheeked babies that “never eat”.
  • Old folks dozing in the shade of a summer’s afternoon.
  • And kind neighbors always ready with cups of espresso or to lend a hand.

When we think of Italy, love is in the air, alright. And in the food, the places, and the smiles on people’s faces!

Happy San Valentino from Italy!

[Images ©TheScorziellos]

4 thoughts on “Love is in the Air: Valentines in Italy

  1. France and Italy are two European countries I would dearly love to visit. After reading this post, Italy sounds even more tantalizing. And wouldn’t it be fun to visit YOU! As impossible as it sounds at this moment, who knows what God has in store? With Him, ALL things are possible–even trips to Europe! 🙂 (P.S. Thank you very much, Sheila, for becoming a follower of my blog, From the Inside Out. I pray you’ll find the posts meaningful and encouraging!)

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    1. Italy is beautiful and well worth a visit, Nancy! I’ve never made it to France, so don’t know about it. But it would be especially lovely to have you come and visit us!! As you say, we never know what God has in store!

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