Ferragosto – The Great August Return

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“A return from vacation, or to your team, following a long absence…”

Italians are once again feeling that peculiar pang of “reentry” from summer vacation. For most of us, summer vacation is a childhood idyll, now condensed to a few days or maybe a couple of weeks’ vacation where we take in the sun and try to avoid the work emails popping up on our smartphones. In Italy, summer vacation still exists for many ADULTS. Culminating on August 15th, ferragosto, the Italian summer vacation can be, for the lucky ones, a months-long stay somewhere fabulous like Marocco, Egypt, on the Amalfi coast, or on the islands of Ischia or Capri (pronounced – CAH-prree).

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So you can understand the “reentry” idea. Hurtling back through the ozone layer could be no less painful than leaving the view above for the humdrum of a 9 to 5. Of course, Italians still have their pausa caffe’ with amazing espresso to soften the blow.

Movie recommendation: for a really heartwarming and funny take on the holiday, check out “Il pranzo di ferragosto [A Mid-August Lunch]” (photo from Italian wikipedia).

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Il pranzo di ferragosto – trailer

The mother – I believe it’s the filmmaker’s own mom – is a riot. Definitely check it out.

As we face our own “reentry” from the Labor Day holiday – three days to Italy’s three months? Go figure – we’ll pickup DolceVita Living with a plan to get the year off to a great start, Italian style.

Emilia :)

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Michele says:

    Mi ricordo bene!

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