State museums two for one on Valentine's Day in Italy

Uffizi, Pompeii welcome lovers, friends and families

State museums two for one on Valentine's Day in Italy

Rome, February 14 - From the Uffizi and Pompeii to the temples of Paestum and the Brera art gallery, state museums, monuments and historical sites across Italy are offering two-for-one discounts on Valentine's Day. The traditional promotion on the romantic holiday also includes a number of events inside museums and galleries, such as gourmet meals and chocolate tastings at MAXXI, Italy's contemporary art museum in Rome, aimed at bridging the gap between the visual and the gastronomic. Visitors need only be in pairs to get the discount, regardless of gender, age or relation: grandchildren and grandparents are welcome, for example. But romantics are encouraged to visit Torrechiara castle in Parma, where couples can hunt for images of Cupid depicted in the numerous frescoes that adorn the walls. Later this weekend, Parma's Teatro Verdi is offering guided tours accompanied by the music of the 19th-century composer with free pastries and sweets at the end of the walk. In Rome, the Biblioteca Casanatense has opened its 18th-century Monumental Hall to free guided tours with a focus on miniature printed manuscripts, from Catullus to Petrarch. In Campobasso, southern Italy, the town has opened an exhibit devoted to love letters from the 19th century. In Turin the Museum of Antiquity is offering a tour devoted to love in ancient Greece and Rome. The Museo Tattile in Ancona is offering tango lessons for couples and those who come alone. And for an ironic take on the lovers' holiday, the Museo Nazionale Concordiense in Portogruaro has organized an exhibit on romances that ended in violence and crime, dating from the Roman era up until modern times.

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