Ferragosto is synonymous with summer vacation! On August 15th, the whole country practically comes to a halt, except for the bustling beach towns, picturesque mountains, and charming lakeside retreats.
Ferragosto traces its roots back to Ancient Rome, a tradition started by Emperor Augustus in 18 BC. It was a day of rest and merriment after weeks of hard labor in the fields.
Ferragosto happens every year on August 15th. But, in true Italian fashion, the festivities often extend to include the surrounding days, turning it into what can only be described as a summer extravaganza.