The 15th of August is a national holiday in Italy, with most stores and businesses closing shops to spend time with their family and friends, typically on the seaside. The holiday itself dates back much further than most might imagine, in fact all the way until the Roman times, named after Emperor Augustus 18 BC. Back then it was a considered a rest-time, especially for those participating in hard-labor kind of work.  Continue reading

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In Italy, you would never think of making a meal with any kind of pasta. This is the land of a myriad shapes, sizes and consistencies, when it comes to the humble pasta dish. Passing the tradition of making handmade pasta is something that is becoming a little more rare in Italia, but nothing compares to the fresh product.  Continue reading

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Traditionally August in Italy is well-known to be the ‘vacation month’ due to Ferragosto holidays, or the Assumption of Mary (when the Palio also takes place in Siena). This typically is when most Italians leave for their annual vacations, and many visiting may be surprised to see shops closed for the month. Personally, we like staying here while everyone escapes. The pace tends to be quieter and the nights can be spectacular for those who love to stargaze.

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