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.
It’s no secret that this summer’s heat wave has hit us quite hard, while 2014 offered a more mild, rainy season – this year we have been reminded of what an Italian summer can consist of. And yes, it can get really, truly, hot. Besides hitting the pool (like our pretty snazzy one above) we have a few ideas on how and where to keep cool. Continue reading