Cioccolato + San Valentino = Cioccolentino

What is the best place to celebrate the Day of St. Valentine in Italy?
Of course, the innamorati, those who love, dream to go to Terni, the city of Saint Valentine where he lived in 176-273. The beautiful basilica of St. Valentine holds his relics. On the eve of St. Valentine’s Day, the city hosts the chocolate festival “Cioccolentino”, dedicated to all chocolate lovers. Last year, 100,000 guests attended the festival, among them 1,500 loving couples who declared their love. The guests consumed 95 quintals of chocolate!

This year, the 9th edition of “Cioccolentino” takes place on February 10-14. The program includes many exciting events; first of all, tasting of handmade chocolates. Children and their parents can participate in workshops to learn all the secrets of making chocolate under the guidance of expert chocolatiers. Chocolate stands which represent Italian desserts produced by famous Italian confectioners are situated all over the historic center.

The main attractions are chocolate models of famous historic buildings of Terni, among them, the Basilica of St. Valentine, the Palace of Spada, the Arc of Carsulae and the Torrone di Colleluna. The latter will be offered to visitors (100 pounds of dark chocolate!) on February 14th, 2012. Schools of hoteliers take part in the international competition “Una torta per San Valentino”. A special competition for the bravest chocolate eater will be held. The winner, who will eat as much as possible chocolate in two minutes, will gain 10 kilograms of chocolate!

On Sunday 12, there was celebrated a very special “Festa della Promessa”. Betrothed couples who marry this year come from all over Italy to give a symbolic oath of love in front of the Bishop of Terni and the Mayor. Couples who are married for 25 or 50 years, take part in events “Festa delle Nozze d’Argento” and “Festa delle Nozze d’Oro”.

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