The most known events are surely the marathon of St. Valentine (expected the passing to the Marmore Falls Sunday 16 February) and the kermes of chocolate (Cioccolentino), but from the first February to 7 March 2014 is worth to visit Terni for several reasons. That lapse of time, in fact, is dedicated to the most interesting and beautiful festival from the inhabitants of Terni, that linked to St. Valentine, protector of lovers and patron of the city. There many exhibitions for the occasion, different between sporting, cultural, artistic and religious events. We have already said about the most known, or the marathon in program Sunday 16 February and Cioccolentino, the kermes dedicated to chocolate and expected from 12 to 16 February.
THE VISIT TO ST. VALENTINE AND TO THE RELIC OF THE GROOMS WHO GIVE ORIGIN TO THE LEGEND
It is funny – it’s true – but maybe most suggestive come and visit the “ owner” of the events I mean St. Valentine. His relics has been preserved in the crypt of the basilica to whom dedicated, situated near the downtown. And finds in the presence of the real saint, with the fantastic history that the saint has, Is too important and original thing. A very strong and deep emotion: in front of the shrine we think about his epic life (Valentine has been martyred on 273 AD under the empire of Aureliano, the body carried to Terni from his disciples and buried on the hill outside the wall, in a cemetery area where the basilica arouse and now preserved the remains). It isn’t enough, because in the municipal archaeological museum we can visit the grave of the Roman centurion Sabino and the girl from Terni Serapia (they were buried all together), or the grave of the two grooms who gave origin to the tradition of St. Valentine, protector of lovers (in 245 AD Sabino, Roman centurion, while passing in Terni, felt in love of the Christian Serapia and for marrying her, he converted himself to the Christianity. On the eve of the marriages, however, we discovered that the young girl was too ill and when she is dying Sabino asked to Valentine to not to be separated from her. He put the hands up in the air and the two young people slept together embraced in an eternal sleep). The history melt to the legend: the shivers are ensured.
THE MARATHON OF ST VALENTINE
In program on Sunday 16 February, is maybe the most known exhibition of the events during St. Valentine in Terni. Last year has been recorded about 1700 inscriptions, addressed to be overcome this year, in according with the forecasts. “Many athletes have been already enrolled and they come from Germany, England, Russia, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia and even the New Zeland”, the organizing committee says. As tradition, is expected the passing of the marathon inside the Lower Outlook of the Marmore Falls.
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