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August 15, 2013

“Chiuso per Ferie”

If you’re in Italy today, those three words would sound all too familiar: It’s August 15th and the summer holiday season in Italy is in full swing. In addition to marking the Feast of the Assumption, August 15th is also called “Ferragosto,” the height of the summer holiday season.

A startling percentage of Italians take to the beaches and mountains for weeks of R&R this time of year. (While this is wonderful for the Italians, unsuspecting tourists who visit Italy in August are likely to be disappointed by the number of closed shops and restaurants!)

Ferragosto is a wonderful time for Italians to rest, spend time with friends and family, and visit other parts of their beautiful country. Buon ferragosto!

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