Yes, Valentine’s Day is an imported holiday. But no one does romance like the Italians, so indulge in the opportunity to celebrate it.
After all, one legend goes that St Valentine was a divergent priest who secretly married two lovers during wartime, defying the emperor, and paying the price with his life. He was later canonised by Pope Gelasius. If that isn’t pre-Romeo and Juliet romantic, then what is?
So, in honour of "La Festa degli Innamorati” here is a short list of recommendations of things to do that don’t require reservations.
Mouthwatering window displays invite envy from pastry shops around the globe, so why not go in and experience the delightful design and tasty treats. Bring a date for a colourful cocktail at the bar, or snatch up some bonbons to go and share with friends (or not). Via Pietro Verri 9, tel. 0276008238.
Because Valentine’s Day is also about fantasy, take a tour of the dream home called Villa Necchi. Imagine that the first ever private heated pool is just waiting for that summer day when you will finally use it again, and merge yourself in the cacophony of art and design. Via Mozart 14, Milan.
If you decide to make a relaxing day of it, we recommend QC Terme Milano for its perfect curation and ease. Essential oils, music, and pots of herbal tea set the tone for a healthy St Valentine’s Day. Go early enough and you might slip in before the droves of couples romance up the place. Piazzale Medaglie D'Oro 2, tel. 0255199367.
Mudec in Love
Make it about positive energy and the human connection at the Rossetti Design Park. The Mudec di Milano invites us to the external courtyard to view the en plain air installation of artist Stefano Rossetti. They are also offering a reduced ticket price to people who bring a partner (of any sex), and a themed aperitif from 19.30 at their bistro. Via Tortona 56, tel. 0254917.