Everyone’s on Vacation


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!

8We are at the sea. We reopen on 8/17/15.

3Closed for vacation from 8/14 to 8/22

4The office will be closed for vacation from 8/10/15 to 8/21/15.

5Closed for vacation

6Closed for vacation from August 14-24

7Closed for vacation from 8/9 to 8/16


Closed for vacation. This pharmacy will reopen on August 17, 2015.


Closed for vacation from 8/5/15 to 8/16/15

11On the other hand, this place will be open. The sign says Open Saturday August 15.

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3 Responses to Everyone’s on Vacation

  1. Tricia says:

    We’re in Piemonte now, and have of course noticed the ghost-town phenomenon. 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying your holiday!

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