This year’s 14th February, Valentine’s Day, occurs on a Friday so it’s a good excuse for a romantic weekend with your beloved one and plan a wonderful stay.
Our aim is to suggest the best destinations and the events which take place between 14th and 16th February, so we have chosen two very sought-after places, Venice and the Amalfi Coast.
Amazing Carnival in Venice
Book a stay in Venice is always a good idea, furthermore the Valentine’s Day will be the prologue to the great Venetian Carnival, when myths, mysteries and masks enliven the streets and give a magic mood to the Lagoon.
On Friday 14th you can join Romeo and Juliet – Letters from the liquid world, a reinterpretation of the classic Shakespearean, scheduled at Teatro Fondamenta Nuove on 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm. The modern reworking of the company Teatro del Lemming is one of the many faces of Venice, a place intriguing, mysterious and welcoming at the same time.
But this is just a preview of the events that will be held until March 4: get ready for ice skating surrounded by the architectural treasures of this city of merchants and artists in Campo San Polo, where a skating rink is open every day for the duration of the Carnival.
On Saturday 15 you may go to the preview of the photo exhibition Fiat Color by Franco Fontana at the Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, where you can meet the author, watch the screening of a video on his work and join a guided tour of the exhibition, a unique opportunity to admire the fantastic nature of the colors captured by the lens of Fontana.
Then, continue with the water show that will start at 6:00 pm on the Grand Canal and the Cannaregio district, the party that opens the Venetian Carnival and gathers a rowboats colorful parade, food stands along the two banks of the Canal and, of course, many Carnival masks. All the participants will taste cicheti (appetizers to get along with glasses of wine) and traditional sweets, called fritole and galani.
The show will be repeated on Sunday 16th at 10:30 am, to celebrate better the most important celebration in Venice.
On Sunday we recommend a visit to a museum , the Peggy Guggenheim Collection at the Palazzo Venier dei Leon , the most prestigious permanent collection of twentieth-century artists; here are scheduled free guided tours throughout the period of Carnival, ask more information calling the phone numbers 041-24.05.444/401.
If your wish is an intimate weekend or rather a dive in the most colorful festival of the year, Venice will know how to fulfill your requests.
Amalfi Coast, a charming vacation
Each of the towns in this part of the Amalfi coast has its own traditions and their own style, so let’s do a quick overview about the places to visit on a weekend. Let’s start from Amalfi, a mild climate town even in winter, a place where to walk hand in hand looking for the pure beauty of the landscape.
One of the must of Amalfi is the Cathedral, which admirably combines Romanesque, baroque and Moorish styles, it is here that you can visit the Cloister of Paradise, a symbol of the influence of Middle East on Southern Italy, where are hosted six frescoed chapels and five sarcophagi from the Roman period .
At the beginning of the Amalfi Coast rises the town of Vietri sul Mare, the capital of ceramic art, which you can see in two exhibition spaces.
The Museum of Ceramics of Vietri, housed within the complex of Villa Guariglia in Raito, is an elegant residence dedicated to the most valuable collections of ceramics; the Museum Cargaleiro, instead, welcomes works by artists of all countries of the Mediterranean area which have contributed to the art of ceramics.
You’ll also notice the impressive factory designed by the architect Paolo Soleri on the model of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Palazzo della Ceramica Solimene, which hosts a number of works by contemporary potters, the palace is a building clinging to the rocks that has no equal in Italy.
The last stop of the weekend is at Ravello, the city of music, a destination favored by artists from all around the world.
We recommend visiting Villa Rufolo, located in the historic center opposite the Cathedral, where you will fall in love with the gardens overlooking the Gulf of Salerno, a place so suggestive that even inspired Richard Wagner, who is honored here with a series of concerts each year. Another wonderful attraction of Ravello is Villa Cimbrone, consisting of a park decorated with statues, fountains, grottoes and a lookout with the Terrace of Infinity: which best scenery for a romantic getaway?
For the next February 14 give yourself something unique, Venice and the Amalfi Coast are precious treasures for those who feel the journey as an intense and moving experience.