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February 5, 2016

Chocolate-Charlotte-Recip_3952Today young Italian couples show their eternal love all year round by attaching a padlock to railings and bridges in the name of a lover – and throwing away the key.

They are called Lucchetti dell’Amore or Locks of Love, and you can find them glistening in the bright Italian sunshine almost everywhere you look – so popular has this custom become.

Meanwhile Valentine’s Day or La festa Degli Innamorati is still an important part of Italian lovers’ rituals – with the backdrop of one of the most romantic countries in the world.

In fair Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, February 14 is marked with an impressive four-day celebration, with a heart-shaped theme. Visitors, keen to imbibe some of the Italian enthusiasm for romance, flock to the Medieval town in their thousands.

Of course, people across Italy celebrate St Valentine’s much as we do here, with sweet, chocolate offerings, bright red bunches of flowers and enthusiastic hand-holding.

To get into the mood in the cooler climes of ‘Blighty’, think steaming hot chocolate served with Arden & Amici’s Almond and Chocolate Biscotti dipped into its thick, warming depths – perfect after a long romantic walk on a crisp, bright February Sunday.

Or for a smoldering romantic pudding, try the Arden & Amici Chocolate Charlotte recipe. Made with Chocolate and Vanilla Savoiardi Biscuits, its rich and crunchy sweetness will melt even the most unromantic of hearts – if that’s necessary.

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