A “baci” for Valentine
San Valentino, a priest, was a Roman martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. Emperor Claudius had Valentine jailed for defying him. While in jail, St. Valentine left a farewell note for jailer’s daughter and signed it “From Your Valentine”. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set February 14 to honor St. Valentine who died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day devoted to love lotteries and for exchanging love messages. Thus, St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers.
The Italians call the day “il giorno della festa degli innamorati,” the feast day of lovers. Some Italians believe that the first man an unmarried girl sees on Valentine’s Day will marry her within a year. Thus, single females wake up before sunrise, stand by windows and watch men pass.
Italian lovers celebrate Valentine’s Day by expressing their love with dinner at their favorite ristorante, gifts … roses, perfume, diamonds and
Baci Perugina, chocolate-covered hazelnuts wrapped with a romantic poetic quote in four languages.