...although winter will last for another 40+ days, the sun is shining here in California (currently a Spring-like 61 F in the afternoons) and it makes everyone in the mood for love...just in time for Valentine's Day!
Let's start with San Valentino. He is the patron saint of lovers (patrono degli innamorati) and he was martyred in Rome (Roma) Feb 14, 273 :
So that's how it all started...dying for love!
Now let's get to the good part.
In Italy, the term I LOVE YOU is commonly asserted as:
I WANT THE BEST FOR YOU: ti voglio bene
Ti voglio bene assai (I love you so much)
Amore mio (my love)
Tesoro ([my] treasure)
innamorarsi (reflexive verb: to fall in love)
fidanzarsi (reflexive verb: to get engaged)sposarsi (reflexive verb: to marry)
la fede (wedding band/ring)
"ti voglio bene assai" by Lucio dalla Caruso
ti do il mio cuore (I give you my heart)
sei un angelo (you're an angel)
un mazzo di fiori ( a bouquet of flowers)