“You are the butter to my bread,and the breath to my life” ― Julia Child
The most romantic day of the year is fast approaching! Have you seen all the cards, ribbons and hearts that are taking London by storm? Planning the perfect date night can be stressful, but worry not. Italy has long been a staple for love and romance. Lavolios are here to make sure your day is that little extra special and that little extra Italian.
Instead of gifting your loved one just a cliched box of mass produced chocolates, show them how much they mean to you with a truly unique and special Valentine’s day gift. With our beautiful Lavolio design and complimentary gift-wrapping, and a selection of 30 gourmet confectionery flavours, you’re certain to find something that will make your Valentine’s heart skip a beat!
You can treat your partner to a romantic gift-set of mini tins, or an exquisite wicker hamper with a bottle of Italian Prosecco. We can help you create the perfect Valentine’s Day gift with a personalised message. Visit our shop in Parsons Green or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want a little extra hand in making your romantic night as special as it can be.
The history of Valentine’s Day: Valentine vs Valentine
Have you ever wondered about the origin of the most romantic day of the year? Italy is not only one of the most romantic countries in the world thanks to its beautiful sights, timeless traditions and delicious confectionery, but it’s also the birthplace of Saint Valentine! There are, however, two different Valentine who can be identified with the saint patron of lovers. And while today the festivity dedicated to Saint Valentine is filled with flowers and chocolates, the stories behind these two figures are not quite as romantic as we might think.
The first possible Valentine could be Valentine of Rome, a Roman Catholic priest who, allegedly, performed secret weddings between young men and women. This contravened the Emperor Claudius II’ law according to which men should stay celibate. Upon discovery, Valentine of Rome was arrested and martyred -around 269 AD.
The second candidate is Valentine of Terni, a bishop who was a famous miracle-worker; after the people he cured converted to the Christian faith, Emperor Aurelian martyred him. Neither of these figures immediately makes you think of romantic love. However, it is likely that the celebration of the Saint became associated with courtly love during medieval times.
A romantic Italian chocolate Valentine’s Day gift
In Italy, it is still traditional to celebrate the religious connotation of this festivity. In Terni, a St Valentine’s Day Festival happens every year. People participate in a large feast around the Basilica of Saint Valentine (where his tomb is). The festival also comprises the famous Saint Valentine’s marathon and the delicious Cioccolentino (Choco-lentine). Food stalls offer a range of traditional and artisan wine, chocolates and pastries.
Speaking of chocolates, of course, one of the most famous Valentine’s Day offerings from Italy is the Bacio Perugina. Since the 1930s it has been promoted as a Valentine’s Day product. It also started featuring the renown love messages and quotes from artists, writers and philosophers. But because the Baci (kisses) are very popular, chances are that your Valentine has tried them before. Scrumptious flavour, beautiful tin, and a personalised love message: for the ultimate romantic Italian experience, choose your Valentine’s day gift with Lavolio.