It’s Ferragosto in Italy, which is synonymous with VACATION in that part of the world.
Almost everyone in the country takes a holiday at this time of year, so if you’re visiting, you’ll find most everything closed in the bigger cities, at least on August 15th but often straight through the entire week.
Italians leave their desks and head to the nearest seaside town (the people who work in the tourist industry in these seaside towns are very much NOT on holiday during Ferragosto, as it’s the busiest week of the year for them). Everything feels festive and relaxed, and the day is second only to Christmas as a time for family, friends, food, and total relaxation — with a whole lot of beach time folded in.
When I think Ferragosto, I think daydreaming by the sea, and so in the spirit of this national holiday, I wanted to share some of the things that were lazily drifting through my head when I myself was lounging on the beach in Sardinia a few weeks ago.
If you’re going to Italy, “where to stay in Venice” is something that you’re likely asking yourself. I’ve been a bunch of times and so have many of our clients.
We have a city guide for Venice with an exhaustive list of where to stay in Venice, written by someone who lives there and knows what’s what.
Whether you’ve explored The Floating City before or whether you’re planning your first trip, I want to let you in on some sweet digs that are definitely on my “where to stay in Venice” radar for the next time I go.
We have a complete list of hotels in our Venice City Guide.
But just for fun, here’s a list of our fave non-hotels that are a little quirky or just plain fab.
I’ve just finished leading tours in Italy for the last two months.
One thought now that I’m done: Soooo thankful.
I’m incredibly grateful to all our clients who said “yes” to Italy this year.
What was CRAZY while I was on tours, however, was running into Gigi Guides readers in Italy. Randomly!
I had no idea this was going to happen of course, cause this was the first season that people have actually been using Gigi Guides to travel Italy. (It just came out a few months ago.)
The very first time I met a Gigi Guides member, it was the most unexpected.
I was standing in a van, in my bra.
That might sound weirder than it was because changing in a van is normal when you’re shopping the markets in Italy.
Vans are the change rooms (and where they stash the most expensive stuff), so there are a ton o’ gals stripped down to their skivvies in vans.