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Verona is for lovers… and graffiti artists + Valentine’s Love Phrases

Il balcone at Juliet’s House

A little while back, I had the chance to spend a little time in Verona, and of course one of the places I visited was the famed Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s House). Though it’s not really her house, nor is there any proof that she ever existed outside the Bard’s play, it has become a pilgrimage for innamorati (lovers) and others who want to witness this fictional place and perhaps leave their mark as an ommaggio (homage) to love…

It’s pretty straightforward, and yet…

And there’s where it gets tricky – what some consider an amorous declaration others deem defacement of public property. If you’ve ever been to la Casa di Giulietta, you’ve probably seen what I mean. Despite visibly posted signs citing ordinances prohibiting attaching love letters or notes and writing on surfaces, at the penalty of steep fines and even possible jail time, the practice persists mostly unfettered.

Iron gates laden with lovers’ padlocks

Chewing gum, post-its, love letters and graffiti declaring love (and sometimes less noble slogans) adorn the entryway of the portico, walls and other surfaces in the courtyard; and padlocks hang from the iron gates. And though technically it’s not allowed and is frowned upon by many as a lack of decent manners and decorum, people, especially Italian high-schoolers on field trips,

More room at the top…

continue leaving their mark in broad daylight.

In relatively recent years these surfaces have been subject to major clean-up campaigns at least twice (2008, 2012), with new fines, and the police of Verona put on alert. But it seems they can’t stop love – in just a matter of time, love birds/graffiti artists/wall defacers win out, and the surroundings return to their previously graffiti-ized state. Apparently after the most recent scrubbing, temporary wall overlays were put up to protect some of the original surfaces – knowing that visitors would continue leaving their mark.

Graffiti overload

Trees + bricks + love notes gone wild

School kids congregate at the entrance

While I don’t condone the graffiti-ing of this location, I do find it fascinating that a place associated with a fictional story of star-crossed lovers holds such a powerful attraction for the collective imagination. La Casa di Giulietta seems to have become a sort of a participatory public art installation. Visitors are driven by the desire to bring good luck in love by leaving a note or rubbing the statue of Juliet. Maybe that’s why the police and even the shopkeepers [whose sales must no doubt benefit from these visitors] seem to tolerate the spectacle…  Maybe the true story is in people’s imaginations, and perhaps it’s true, perhaps you simply can’t fight love… or high-schoolers hyped up on hormones, gone wild with gum and sharpies…


This club receives letters from lovebirds wanting advice

Want to write or whisper some sweet nothings to your beloved this Valentine’s Day? Here are a few that will warm their heart…

  • Caro/a: Dear or darling
  • Tesoro: Treasure, sweetie
  • Amore, amore mio: Love, my love
  • Ti amo: I love you (for romantic loves)
  • Ti voglio bene: I care about you, I love you (for anyone)
  • Sei nel mio cuore: You are in my heart
  • Per sempre: Forever
  • Baci e abbracci: Kisses and hugs
  • Buon San Valentino! : Happy Valentine’s Day!

What do you think of all the love notes from visitors to la Casa di Giulietta? Should authorities crack down on love birds who leave their mark? What can or should be done? If you could, would you leave a love letter or declaration at Juliet’s House?

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Love, Italian Style | Amore all’italiana

saying i love you in italian“Ti amo” or “Ti voglio bene”?

That is the question for italophiles on this day of San Valentino.  The answer, it turns out, depends on the object of your affection.

“Ti amo” (I love you) is reserved for romantic loves, while “Ti voglio bene” (I want/wish you well) is used to say I love you to everyone: family, friends, and lovers. Per non fare brutta figura (to not make a faux pas) watch the video!

After the video, check out the round-up of Italian love phrases to help you sweep your adorato off their feet! Plus a link to send free online Italian Valentine’s Day cards.

Video:  Saying “I love you” in Italian

More instructional videos >>

Be your own Don Giovanni with these romantic phrases!

  1. Buon San Valentino (Happy Valentine’s Day)
  2. Ti amo. (I love you. Used only for romantic love.)
  3. Ti adoro. (I adore you.)
  4. Amore mio (My love, my beloved)
  5. Tesoro mio (My treasure)
  6. Ti voglio bene. (I love/care about you. Used for all types of relationships: family, friends, lovers.)
  7. I tuoi occhi brillano come le stelle. (Your eyes shine like stars.)
  8. Sei bella come una rosa. (You are as beautiful as a rose.)
  9. Per sempre (Forever)
  10. Per sempre tua/o (Forever yours)
  11. Sono pazza/o di te. (I’m crazy for you.)
  12. Anima mia (My soul)
  13. Sei incredibile. (You’re incredible.)
  14. Sei bellissima/o. (You’re beautiful.)
  15. Sei un dono. (You are a gift.)
  16. Sei stupenda/o. (You’re fantastic.)

Send a free online Italian Valentine’s card to someone special at www.kisseo.it.

heart in cappuccino coffeeA tutti i miei lettori un buon San Valentino! Siete fantastici! (To all of my readers, a happy Valentine’s Day! You’re fantastic!)

Got a favorite Italian  love phrase or anecdote? Leave your comment below!

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L’amore è nell’aria>>

Italian love phrases, proverbs & music

love is in the air -- heart-shaped hot air balloons in the sky

L'amore è nell'aria (Love is in the air)

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In onore della stagione d’amore e il giorno di San Valentino (in honor of the season of love and Valentine’s Day), dedico questa puntata del blog ad alcuni proverbi, frasi e una canzone d’amore italiani (I dedicate this blog post to a few Italian love proverbs, phrases and a song).

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To all my readers, romanticoni e non (‘big romantics’ and not), this Valentine is for you!

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Con affetto,

Jodina

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heart in cappuccino coffee

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Proverbi & Citazioni (Proverbs & Quotes)

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Listen & Practice Your Pronunciation


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  1. L’amore non conosce misura. (Love does not know measure. Similar to ‘love knows no limits.’)
  2. Il cuore è una ricchezza che non si vende e non si compra, ma si regala. (The heart is a ‘wealth’/treasure that is not sold or bought, but that is given.)
  3. Di tutte le arti maestro è l’amore. (Of all the arts, love is the master.)
  4. Amare significa correre con il cuore verso l’oggetto amato. Giovanni Paolo I (Love means to run with your heart toward the object of love.)
  5. L’amore è cieco, ma vede lontano. (Love is blind, but it sees far.)

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“L‘amore è nell’aria” (Love is in the Air) by Zucchero

I Testi (The Lyrics)

Non va’ via
Questa mia
Azzurra poesia
Non va’ via
In un mondo che non c’e’
Resta mia
Dentro giorni misteriosi…….
Non va’ via
L’amore e’ nell’aria
Sta con me
L’estate x te
Non va via
E’ l’amore che torna
In mia e tua sola compagnia!
Sta con me
Questa mia
Decente melodia
Sta con me
Dentro cattedrali di luce
Non va via
L’amore e’ nell’aria
Sta con te
Sorella d’estate
Non va’ via
E’ l’amore che torna
X me, x te, a farci compagnia!
She’s coming
She’s coming
Yeah she’s coming
Se ti ascolti capirai…che
Non va via
L’amore e’ nell’aria
Sta con me
L’estate x te
Non va’ via
E’ l’amore che torna
Non va’ + via
L’amore e’ nell’aria
X me, x te, a farci compagnia
Sta con me
Non va’ via…non va’ via!.


valentine's day card.


And now, some Frasi d’amore italiane (Italian Love phrases) you can use to woo your valentine…

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  1. • Buon San Valentino (Happy Valentine’s Day)
  2. • Ti amo. (I love you. Used only for romantic love.)
  3. • Ti adoro. (I adore you.)
  4. • Amore mio (My love, my beloved)
  5. • Tesoro mio (My treasure)
  6. • Ti voglio bene. (I love/care about you. Used for all types of relationships: family, friends, lovers.)
  7. I tuoi occhi brillano come le stelle. (Your eyes shine like stars.)
  8. • Sei bella come una rosa. (You are as beautiful as a rose.)
  9. • Per sempre (Forever)
  10. • Per sempre tua/o (Forever yours)
  11. • Sono pazza/o di te. (I’m crazy for you.)
  12. • Anima mia (My soul)
  13. • Sei incredibile. (You’re incredible.)
  14. • Sei bellissima/o. (You’re beautiful.)
  15. • Sei un dono. (You are a gift.)
  16. • Sei stupenda/o. (You’re fantastic.)

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Now that you know what to say, send an Italian card from Kisseo online Italian cards, but before you go, show me some love, and leave a comment below letting me know you liked this post.

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Grazie, siete fantastici!  Buon San Valentino!

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happy valentines day!
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