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Summer Vacations in Italy: What to Expect

The season for some fun in the sun has finally arrived in lovely Italy, and it’s time to take some much-deserved R&R, unwind, and maybe break out the sunscreen and swimwear. However, with the change in season also comes the change in pace in the country, as everyone, both tourists and locals alike, are determined to make the most out of the summer vacation period. Because of this, here are some pointers to keep in mind as you prepare for your upcoming Italian vacation! First of all, since it’s the season for relaxation, expect the level of activity to vary from city to city. While seaside resorts, coastal destinations, and other popular tourist spots will probably be full of people with establishments all up and running and in full swing, less-tourist-y cities will be much quieter and some shops and points of interest might even be closed. For example, while [...]

August in Italy

August is traditionally a vacation month in Italy.  The days of everything shutting down and Italian cities emptying completely has changed over the years, but life is definitely slower and quieter during the hot and lazy month. Here are a few things to know about August in Italy. Ferragosto The day when things really shut down in August 15.  Think of the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and you get the idea. Some major sites, restaurants and small food shops will be open.  Make sure you book ahead. The tradition of the August 15 holiday , called Ferragosto, has ancient and religious origins.  The Roman Emperor Augustine created feriae Augusti  meaning August rest, to celebrate the summer harvest and the end agricultural tasks. The Catholic church celebrates the Assumption of Mary. Beginning in the 1920’s the fascist regime encouraged the mass exodus from the city by reducing train fares and seaside accommodations [...]