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Valentine’s Day In Italy

ūüé∂When the moon hits your eyes like a big pizza pie….That’s Amoreeeee..ūüé∂ Love, whether you love to love it or love to hate it, every February 14th, you won’t be able to escape it… especially in some parts of Italy. Valentine’s Day in Italy is romance at its finest, after all the Holiday itself originated there, quite arguably the most romantic place on earth….

Valentine‚Äôs Day in Italian is ‚ÄúGiorno di San Valentino‚ÄĚ. Deriving from a Roman Empire holiday, celebrated on February 14th¬†meant to celebrate Juno, the Goddess representing women and marriage.

As time progressed, Valentine’s in Italy was celebrated by couples in the form of taking walks in gardens surrounding the cities of Italy and spending time outdoors taking in the beginning formation of Spring approaching and a new season close enough to touch but not quite. 

There is also a tale which depicts St. Valentine as a priest who married couples during times of war thus defying the Roman emperor. Legend has it that the priest and was then sentenced to death on February 14th, later named a saint, Saint Valentine.

Whether it was to celebrate an approaching season, a deity, or a¬†defying priest, the original purpose of¬†“La Festa Degli Innamorati” (The festival for Lovers as the Italians refer to it) has certainly switched gears and is now romanticized into a celebration of love for all the special some ones¬†in your life‚̧ԳŹ

Valentine’s Day, The Italian Way

As in¬†most holidays, each region in Italy celebrates in their own way. For example, if you are from some regions in the South of Italy, February 14th¬†may be more simple. A small chocolate, a simple bouquet of flowers, or a hand written note, but not much more. However, in a place like Verona, celebrations include concerts in the city center, heart lanterns posted through the city and celebrations in restaurants with specialty “love potion” cocktails for those who wish to celebrate outside of their home. I mean, we would expect nothing less in the city that birthed the tale of Romeo & Juliette.¬†

Lovers in Italy

If traveling near Genoa, you won’t want to miss the “Lovers in Camogli” festival with specialty markets that sell mostly items dedicated solely to lovers in love. They also have poetry competitions through the town and a place to write your name together with your sweethearts name on a heart to tie on a fishing net by the harbor, sending those love vibes and good intentions out to sea and beyond.

Valentine’s Day in Italy has no doubt evolved since the days of Juno and is now officially the most noted day when couples get engaged.

Who, more than the Italians, with their picturesque surroundings and already present romantic backdrops, would know more about how to romanticize a day meant for love. 

For the love of food

Italy is the home of love & romanticism. The food, the language, the scenery….. it all inspires and exudes love with a pinch of magic. Whether YOU celebrate a small gift is always a nice sentiment for a friend, or significant other! The best way to show your amore love? Make them dessert!

Here is our recipe for chocolate covered strawberries. Simple, delicious and romantic, its the staple dessert for your amore! Sugar cookies more your thing? These Valentine’s Day Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies with hazelnut spread are sooooo good and a MUST TRY! (you will need heart shaped cookie cutters for this one) Serve your dessert on these elegant dessert plates that can also double as an extra present for your sweetheart! Want to really impress them? Then try our Chocolate Lava Cake recipe! DELIZIOSO!!!!

May your “Giorno Di San Valentino” be sweet, loving and delicious. Like our content and recipes? Visit us at www.thebestofitalian.com!

Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies with hazelnut spread

Recipe by Bianca DeMasiCourse: Dessert, Snacks

A sweet treat for your sweet heart.

Ingredients

  • *1 cup unsalted butter (room temp)

  • *1 cup powdered sugar

  • *1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • *¬Ĺ teaspoon almond extract

  • *1 egg

  • *1 ¬Ĺ tsps baking powder

  • *2 ¬Ĺ cups all purpose flour

  • *¬Ĺ tsp salt

  • *Your favorite hazelnut spread

Directions

  • -Cream butter with sugar for 3 minutes until light and fluffy
  • -On low speed beat in extracts & egg
  • -In separate bowl combine dry ingredients and add in ‚Öď increments, mixing until combined (Do not over-mix)
  • -In separate bowl combine dry ingredients and add in ‚Öď increments, mixing until combined (Do not over-mix)
  • -Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  • -Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • -Roll out dough to ‚Öõ thickness
  • -Cut out as many heart shapes as you can and place on baking sheet
  • -Place in freezer until ready to bake
  • -Bake cookies for 8-9 minutes, then let sit for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack
  • -Once cookies are completely cooled, spread a thin (or thick, we won't judge!) layer your hazelnut spread on one cookie and place another cookie on top
  • Finish off your cookies with your favorite frosting and sprinkles!

Notes

  • You will need heart shaped cookie cutters for this recipe. Please allow time for your dough to chill.

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