The Perfect Romantic Italian Confectionery Gift And The History Behind Valentine’s Day

“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, and 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 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 adorable mini tins, or an exquisite wicker hamper with a bottle of Italian Prosecco, and every confectionery dream in between. 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 info@lavolio.com if you want a little extra hand in making your romantic night as special as it can be.

With so much love in the air, 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 has been identified with Valentine of Rome, a Roman Catholic priest who, allegedly, performed secret weddings between young men and women, contravening the Emperor Claudius II’ law which stated that men should stay celibate. When discovered, 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, he was martyred by Emperor Aurelian. Whilst neither of these figures is immediately connected to the idea of romantic love, it is likely that the celebration of the Saint became associated with courtly love during medieval times.

In Italy it is still traditional to celebrate the religious connotation of this festivity. In Terni, a St Valentine’s Day Festival is hosted every year, where 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), where 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. Together with its whole-hazelnut filling, since the 1930s it has been promoted as a Valentine’s Day product and 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. For the ultimate romantic Italian experience, choose an original gift with Lavolio: with their scrumptious flavour and beautiful tin, and a personalised love message, they are sure to be cherished!

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