The Italian birthplace of Saint Valentine is buying for a “romantic” recent sister city in the US.
Officials in Terni, in the Umbrian hills, instructed the BBC that they already comprise twin cities in hundreds of areas in Europe.
“But we now comprise never had a sister city in the US, so we belief, why not peek if we can function a relationship,” Omero Mariani, Terni’s head of tourism, acknowledged.
US cities will seemingly be ready to prepare from 14 February, and the winner will seemingly be launched on Valentine’s Day subsequent three hundred and sixty five days.
Town is working with translation app firm, Babbel, on the project and has invited its US-essentially essentially based CEO to be on the judging panel, alongside the Mayor of Terni, Leonardo Latini.
Mr Mariani instructed the BBC that their future associate would not necessarily would possibly perchance well comprise to be romantic – they merely wish to expose they’ve something in basic with Terni. A shut-by waterfall, as an illustration, can be akin to Terni’s Marmore Falls.
But either manner, he hopes extra folks will hyperlink Valentine’s Day to Terni.
“Every three hundred and sixty five days your complete world celebrates Valentine’s Day, nonetheless no person is linking Valentine to his fatherland Terni,” he acknowledged.
Saint Valentine, it’s miles believed, became as soon as a 3rd century priest who grew to alter into the Bishop of Terni on the age of 21.
He became as soon as known for secretly conducting marriages that had been banned by the Roman Emperor Claudius II, who’s claimed to comprise claimed that married males made heart-broken troopers.
Valentine is claimed to comprise been martyred in Rome on 14 February, 273 AD, and his relics are now kept in Terni’s Basilica San Valentino.
Mr Mariani acknowledged the city holds a month-long competition every three hundred and sixty five days spherical Valentine’s Day, and that they’re waiting for about 100,000 folks to serve this three hundred and sixty five days.
“Every three hundred and sixty five days, cities all by plot of Italy boom they’re essentially the most romantic, or that they’re the city of love,” he acknowledged. “But certainly, Terni is the precise deal – it’s miles the birthplace of Saint Valentine.”