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In January I read a post from Italian Sotrytellers online.
With the hundreds of travel posts I see each week it is hard
to remember what link led me to the story:
This weeks story is about St. Valentine:
A romantic Saint Valentine’s weekend in Umbria
Some romantic places to enjoy Lovers’ Feast in the land of Saint Valentine!
The pleasant mixture among art, culture and beautiful landscapes that portrays Italy, make this country the perfect destination for a romantic escape, especially now that St. Valentine’s Day
You could surely choose among a zillion of breathtaking places all around Italy, but don’t forget to start from Umbria: Saint Valentine was born in Terni, where he lived and died precisely on 14th February 273 a.D. He was a Christian bishop and became the patron saint of the city and protector of lovers, in the world collective consciousness. After the decapitation of Saint Valentine, his body was buried in a pagan cemetery: it was discovered at the beginning of the XVII century and in that place was built the first Basilica, where his body still rests under the central altar; the Church, with its beautiful seventeenth-century façade and the elegant portal, includes a little underground museum with findings coming from the ancient cemetery.
Every year, Terni celebrates this anniversary
with a lot of cultural, sport and religious events that animate the city: in the vicinity of the Basilica there is the traditional fair with about 300 stands, while in the city center – from 11th to 15th February – there’s the greedy kermesse
‘ dedicated to chocolate, haute patisserie and other Italian specialties, accompanied by didactic laboratories, shows, music, cultural events and much more.
The most romantic religious celebration is the ‘Feast of the Promise’: engaged couples from all over the world, who have already fixed a wedding date within the coming year, exchange a solemn promise of love in the Basilica.
The rich calendar of events also includes the San Valentino’s Marathon, held on 15th February: it crosses the enchanting landscapes of Valnerina
, including the magnificent Cascata delle Marmore: a 165 meter-high masterpiece of nature and human engineering conceived by the Roman Consul Curio Dentato
in the 3rd century B.C. and then became an unmissable stopover for the travelers of the Grand Tour. Beyond the traditional observation points of the upper and the lower belvedere, you can explore the fascinating corners of the Park from the paths and their panoramic areas, such as the Lovers Balcony: it’s a little terrace situated at the end of a tunnel, exposed in front of the first drop of the falls. You’ll need a raincoat there because you’ll be almost wet under the flow!
Not far from the Marmore Falls there is the Piediluco Lake: its location among the mountains makes it look like an alpine lake and its shining surface reflect the crowd of short colored houses with narrow evocative alleys. In other words, it gives you romantic glimpses and panoramas perfect to share with your better half!
See entire story here:
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The author of this introduces herself
Eleonora Tramont describes herself and her mission on the web site:
“I was born in Ancona
(Marche region), but my
parents come from South of
Italy (Calabria region).
After achieving a Tourism
degree at the University of Perugia I started my adventure in
tourism and digital world by filling many roles.
In September 2010 I started my first publishing project,
Il Turista Informato. I am always up to date with the latest
information concerning tourism and I am now dealing with
online marketing, social media and blogging.”