The photo says: We are on vacation from 8/14 to 8/18.
Happy Ferragosto! Ferragosto, August 15, (which is also the Catholic holiday of the Assumption) is a major summer holiday in Italy. EVERYTHING is more or less closed and Italians traditionally head for the sea.
In case you don’t know, August is traditional vacation time in Italy and many people are off for the whole month. If not the whole month, the people I’ve asked told me they at least have 2-3 weeks in August, depending on when their company closes. And Italy is on vacation again at Christmas time. Of course, people in the tourism business work all summer and take off at another time.
On August 15, however, cities look more like ghost towns with everything closed and many people gone off somewhere. I was in Naples one year on this day and it was very strange to see the empty streets.
In the space of a five or ten minute walk down a street in downtown Matera, I photographed these signs on store windows. Then I stopped, even though there were a lot more, because they were more or less the same.
Make sure to get your shopping done before store owners go on vacation!
Closed for vacation. This pharmacy will reopen on August 17, 2015.
Closed for vacation from 8/5/15 to 8/16/15