Category Archives: Life in Italy

It’s Summertime in Italy!

Roman Summer, that is! Otherwise known as Saint Martin’s Summer. According to legend, one cold and windy November 11th the saint, warmly wrapped in his mantle, met a ragged beggar freezing in the rain. Moved by compassion he divided his ample wrap, and giving half to the poor man, continued on his way.

Wind and rain soon subsided, until it became so warm that he removed the cape altogether. Folklore adds that God sent the unseasonable warm spell, which continues to this day, to reward Martin for his kindness.  Continue reading It’s Summertime in Italy!

Happy Ferragosto!

What better way to wind up our blogging holiday than with a Ferragosto post, right?  But in care you’re asking, “Ferragosto? What in the world is it?” Well, it literally means August holidays. And it’s the day (on August 15) that officially celebrates the summer work vacation. Which traditionally started out as one week, but in modern times it’s evolved into having the entire month off work!  Continue reading Happy Ferragosto!