Ferragosto: relax like an Italian!
Some may find it hard to believe. But it’s true.
In Italy, nearly everyone takes a vacation on or around August 15, a holiday known as Ferragosto (Italian for August vacation).
Some people go the beach. Others to the mountains. Many will leave the country. And plenty of folks will just stay at home. After all, when you live in Italy, you are surrounded by beauty — natural and artistic — wherever you are!
Across the boot, shopkeepers close up their business and signs that read chiuso per ferie (closed for vacation) appear everywhere.
Of course, there are some people who don’t take the holiday off: for people who work in the tourist industry, it’s the busiest time of year.
But the average Italian looks forward to this date each year and most take up to two weeks off.
It’s a sacred ritual. A time to relax, recharge, and take stock.
Even the team at Mazzoni takes time off from their work in the vineyard and the cellar. As Mazzoni winemaker Alessandro Binodocci wrote on his blog last week, he and his entire staff are on vacation from August 9-17. They’ll come back just in time for the harvest.
So even if you can’t take a week off this month, take time out to savor a meal and enjoy a glass of wine. It’s just one way that we can live like Italians, too!