December 29, 2008
Venice to hold mass ‘kiss-in’
Venice, Italy, is reinforcing its image as a city of romance by holding a mass
kiss-in Wednesday night to welcome the new year.
City officials are hoping this year's kiss-in will surpass last year's version, in which an estimated 60,000 people locked lips at midnight to earn Venice an international prize for best New Year's event, ANSA, the Italian news agency, reported Monday.
Couples are expected to gather about 10 p.m. under the square's bell tower and practice their kissing before the main event at midnight when fireworks will light up the sky, ANSA reported.
The event in St. Mark's Square will be preceded with detailed lessons about how to perfect a kiss, the news agency said.