A lover’s month in the country of love
As Saint Valentine’s approaches we are all thinking of how to treat that special somebody – what better than a getaway in the country of art, beauty and timeless romance?
The calendar in February is richly laden with events: from carnivals to artisan fairs, there is something to entice anyone and plenty of opportunities to experience something special with your loved ones. Our selection of villas offers some great ideas for a getaway in February, or if you are thinking towards the summer don’t hesitate to get in touch and begin planning your next stay in Italy.
Carnevale di Venezia (January 27th – February 13th): This year’s carnival will focus on exposing the city’s arts, trades and traditions, creating a magical experience. These two weeks of masquerades, balls, processions, and ceremonies are all a magical dream to be apart of so why not grab a mask and become part of this fairytale?
The Feast of Saint Agatha (February 3rd- February 5th): From February 3rd to February 5th, one of the largest processions in the world takes place in Catania. The patron saint’s statue, a 40,000 pound silver carriage requiring z5000 men, tours all the neighbouring towns and villages. Alongside, the three days are filled with festivities with food, wine and music, taking place throughout the streets of the city.
Carnevale di Viareggio: Each year Viareggio, a Tuscan seaside town, holds the regions most important carnival. Starting on the 27th of January, and taking place on four consecutive weekends (February 4th, 11th, 13th & 17th), the town embraces the carnival spirit, masquerading in costume, whilst parading a collection of hand made floats up and down the broad walk.
Carnevale di Ivrea (February 10th-February 13th): Hidden away in the region of Piedmont lies Ivrea, a small city which is known for hosting one of the oldest and particular festivals in the world. This carnival re-enacts the civil war that broke out between the locals and the Emperors army, and is composed of two teams which represent both the citizens and the Army. It is here that the world renowned “Battle of Oranges” takes place, as the citizens defend their city from being occupied, by throwing oranges at the Army. Furthermore, during this whole commotion, a parade moves along the streets, feeding visitors and locals with local sweets. Although the battle only lasts a few hours, throughout the entire weekend, events from floats to bands take place within the historic centre.
Valentine Day: Just like in every other country Valentine’s Day takes place on the 14th of February. Doesn’t a dinner in a local florentine trattoria sound perfect? A weekend get away to Italy wouldn’t do any harm, especially considering it was in Italy that the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet fell in love.