Welcome to Settimana dell’ Amore. In anticipation of the impending lovefest holiday this week and because I am anxious to share the love with My Bella Vita readers, this week is all about love.
To kick off the event, I’d like to congratulate the winner of the Prisoner of Circumstance book giveaway …
NYC/ Caribbean Ragazza
I hope you enjoy the book and that you will come back soon and tell us all about it. Well, not all about it. Nadine might not like that.
In other contest news and in honor of Settimana dell’ Amore, one lucky My Bella Vita reader commenter … make that commenter, will win a $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com. A name will be selected from all comments made from today, February 9-Saturday, February 14. The more you comment, the higher your chances of winning. So all of you lurkers out there … especially you, you Kountze HS grad (Yes! My sis told me all about it!) leave a comment. It is ok. We won’t bite. Hard.
I’d also like to direct you Italy-obsessed travelers and expats to the survey in the left-hand column. It’s quick. It’s short. It’ll take you two minutes. I promise.
Results from the survey, as well as the Amazon.com gift certificate winner will be announced on Monday, February 16.
In the meantime here is a bit of history on how Valentine’s Day was celebrated in Italy “back in the day.”
According to St.Valentines.net, Italians would hold an outdoor festival, complete with live music and poetry readings in a local garden or park. After listening to the readings, happy couples would stroll off with their young lover into the gardens. In Torino, betrothed couples announced their engagement on Valentine’s Day and shops would decorate their door fronts and sell candy the few days leading up to the event.
When I was young, my dad always brought chocolates or flowers home on Valentine’s Day. It was a tradition we looked forward to each year. Do you remember any family traditions your parents shared with you? Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions with your own children?