Tutti in Ferie / Ferragosto
August is the month when traditionally everyone goes on holiday. It is still considered a social stigma to be left at home in a city. I remember a couple of years ago stopping off in Naples on our way home from Puglia over Ferragosto, the biggest holiday weekend of the summer, to find this normally bustling city deserted. It was indeed eerie to see Naples, where the streets usually resemble a chaotic medieval scene from a movie set completely abandoned. All the metal shutters on the shops were down with only the legally required number of food shops open to supply those of us left in the city heat.
I understand the sense of escaping from the summer heat of a city to the sea or the countryside, but it is also lovely to come down from the hills or in from the bustling resorts to Lucca or other Tuscan towns in the early evening and have a stroll around the elegant shops and piazzas and perhaps practice your Italian in the open air cinema. Listening to a concert under the stars in a beautiful piazza or simply enjoy dinner sitting out, watching life go by and indulging in a wonderful home made ice cream in these car free towns.
So enjoy Ferragosto, the Italian Christmas holiday of the Summer.
Buone Vacanze a tutti.