SYDNEY, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 200 italian sailors arrived in Australia on Tuesday in time for Valentine's Day, and have berthed in Sydney.
Italians commonly self-style themselves as the world's greatest lovers and the sailors will spend a week in the city, sampling the local attractions, and romance.
It is not all fun and games, with the trip being part of a bid by the ship's maker, Fincantieri, to secure the contract by the Australian government to acquire nine new ships for the Royal Australian Navy.
The Italian ship previously docked in Fremantle, and after this week will make its way to Melbourne, before returning Europe.
Valentine's Day is a celebration of love held on Feb. 14 every year, named for the Italian saint, St. Valentine.