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4 Things We’re Loving Now

by Bianca @ Italian Fix

beach time for Ferragosto in August

 

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.

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Secret Italian Islands

by Bianca @ Italian Fix

secret Italian islands

When most people conjure up a map of Italy, they picture the boot, and maybe Sicily, the triangular soccer ball it’s kicking. Sardinia’s there too, of course, out in the Tyrrhenian Sea beneath Corsica.

Those are the big islands, the obvious ones, and they are magnificent.

But there are other Italian islands — smaller ones that are usually forgotten, or that many visitors don’t even know about. Those are the ones you want to be on.

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solo travel as a female

How many times have you almost booked the perfect flight and dreamy hotel on an impulse at 1 am, only to hurriedly close your browser tabs and think to yourself: maybe solo travel isn’t for me.

I know. It can feel intimidating.

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