Valentine's Day in Florence

The most romantic city in Italy organizes evenings for Valentine's Day

Valentine's day ideas - Florence

14th of February 2007

Florence is one of the most visited cities in this period, close to and in Valentine’s Day. The city, indeed, has many beautiful and romantic sites, spots and views: from art treasures (do you know all Florence’s Museums?), a large variety of Winter art exhibitions (visit the Exhibitions section for Florence and its surroundings), to the intricate streets in the centre of Florence, the famous “palazzi”, the city’s ancient buildings (visit Florence’s Monuments and Churches), the secret gardens (one of the most beautiful is 'Giardino Bardini') and the relaxing walkings “with a view” on the “rampe”, the old stone stairways which go from Lungarno up to the beautiful Belvedere del Viale dei Colli.

Couples in love will enjoy Valentine’s Day in Florence in a special way: from luxury hotels to bed & breakfasts, from prestigious restaurants to typical “trattorie” will have special offers for their special guests (see last minute ).

Some of these restaurants are:

Golden View Open Bar  - Via dei Bardi, 58r – 50100, Florence; ph. 055-214502. The restaurant is proposing a very fine candlelight dinner with a breathtaking view on the Ponte Vecchio and the Arno river. The tables will be decorated with small balloons and flowers. In one of the restaurant’s three concert rooms, there will be a jazz concert with  Italo-canadian singer Maria Lo Scerbo as a special guest, with Francesco Canavese: guitar; Stefano Negri: sax; and Marco Barsanti: drums.  

Barone di Porta Romana - via Romana, 123 R - Firenze Tel.: +39 055 2337235 - 2335132 e-mail: : has a soft atmosphere and is located in the picturesque 'Oltrarno' area; it will offer its guests a special menu a truly 'Oltrarno' atmopshere. 

Clubs and Cocktail Bars:

Maracanà - Via Faenza, 4 – Florence. Info-line: 055-210298. Here you will be offered a romantic candlelight dinner in a green/gold ambiance. After dinner: happy 70’s and 80’s music by Cecco dj. From 2:00am on: funky session by Dubsolute. Opening hours: 9:00pm – 4:00am.

Rex Cafè - Via Fiesolana, 25r, Florence; ph. 055-2480331. Valentine’s Day with THE INFRADYTO’S in concert, an alternative “strange couple”, technically skilful (Bertieri is a Florentine rocker, former member of the Neon, and Giannetti has just finished a tour with Max Gazzé in “La camera migliore”), in a romantic candlelight atmosphere.

Jazz Club - Via Nuova de’ Caccini, 3 – Florence - ph. 055-2479700 / 335- 6146115. Candlelight dinner with piano music by Filippo Giampaglia. Later, ELEONORA BETTI QUARTET, a jazz music concert with Eleonora Betti: vocals; Leonardo Pieri: piano; Carlo Bonamico: bass; Cosimo Marchese: drums Reservation required: Vincenzo Ricchi, 335-6146115, from Tuesday to Saturday after 9:00pm.

Rifrullo restaurant and lounge bar - Via San Niccolò, 55r – Florence - ph. 055-2342621; . They will offer a special menu to celebrate Valentine’s Day: a mix of Tuscan, Japanese and Thai dishes at a special price, €28, beverages not included.  For Here is the menu and price>>

Cantina Petrarca - Via F. Petrarca, 11 - Incisa Val d’Arno - ph. 055/8334412. At 9:00pm. A magical night with magician Andrea. Dinner €50.00. Reservation required within February 12th.

Boston-T  MUSIC RESTAURANT & LOUNGE BAR.  Viale Europa, 160 - Florence - ph. 055-6533307. Boston-T’s Valentine’s Day will include a fine dinner (upon reservation) with music and hugs in a romantic candlelight atmosphere. The night will start at 9:00pm with a special cocktail, then dinner with music and later, the cocktail bar…

And for those who prefer to spend a nice evening doing a good deed, there is 'Cena del Cuore' at YAB discotheque; most of the proceeds will be for ANT’s (Associazione Nazionale Tumori; National Cancer Association) home care services. 

Find the complete list of the Restaurants in Florence.

And moreover: 

The municipality of Bagno a Ripoli will present “Viaggio gastronomico-culturale tra i Paesi del mondo”. On February 14th, 22nd and 29th: India e Cucina Toscana e antichi mestieri (India, Tuscan cuisine and ancient trades), at Antico Spedale del Bigallo, in Via Bigallo e Apparita, 14, Bagno a Ripoli.
Thursday, February 14th – A tavola alle 20:30 - San Valentino al Bigallo (Dinner at 8:30pm: Valentine’s Day at the Bigallo). Surprise event dedicated to couples who got married at the Bigallo. Friday, February 22nd – A tavola alle 20:30: cena Indiana (dinner at 8:30pm: Indian dinner). A veglia alle 21,30: India e le sue arti (At 9:30pm: India and its arts). Guest: Antonella Zagaroli, poet, who will present her book Quadernetto Dalit. Friday, February 29th – “Cucina toscana e antichi mestieri” (Tuscan cuisine and ancient trades). Febbraio: l’arrotino (on February: the knife grinder). A series of encounters addressing Tuscany’s ancient trades. A tavola alle 20,30: Cena tradizionale toscana con assaggi dei presidi Slow Food (dinner at 8:30pm: Traditional Tuscan dinner with Slow Food samples). A veglia alle 21,30: Il mestiere dell’arrotino (at 9:30pm: the trade of the knife grinder).
Reservation required at least three days before the event: 334-2007438, or Prices: Dinner and Tasting: €30 (Coop and Slow Food members: €25); only Tasting: €15 (Coop and Slow Food members: €10).

The Saint and the Legend

What are the origins of Valentine’s Day? And why is this day dedicated to love? Saint Valentine is also the patron of the city of Terni, in Umbria region, having been its first bishop; he became a martyr saint because he was arrested under emperor Aureliano for preaching the Gospels… and here the legend begins:  after curing his jailer’s daughter from blindness, he fell in love with her and a few moments before being executed he sent her a message which ended with : “…your Valentino”. How romantic!...

The Festivity

Saint Valentine’s Day was established two centuries after the Saint’s death, in 496, when Pope Gelasio I decided to replace the pagan festivity Lupercalia, dedicated to Luperco, the god of fertility, with another dedicated, instead to the spreading of love, the message of Saint Valentine’s deeds.

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Elena Farinelli

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