What’s Ferragosto

Ferragosto is celebrated every year on the 15th of August. It coincides with the Catholic feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

The tradition of Ferragosto is one of long memory; Feriae Augusti (“Festivals [Holidays] of the Emperor Augustus“) were introduced by the emperor Augustus in 18 BCE. But, it’s popularity rose under the Fascist period.

In the second half of the 1920s, during the mid-August period, the regime organised hundreds of popular trips through the fascist leisure and recreational organizations of various corporations.

The initiative gave the opportunity to less well-off to visit Italy or to reach seaside and mountain resorts.

Still today, people celebrate Ferragosto by taking a few days trip—if not on vacation somewhere already—or a “One-Day Trip”, within a radius of 50-100km. There are numerous festivals, fireworks, and other celebration organized in numerous locations around the peninsula, both along the coast or in the mountains.

This year I spent my Ferragosto in the Dolomites. I found a perfect B&B where to spend my ”Ferragosto.” At Il Cirmolo, I spent a terrific week hiking and visiting many of the most beautiful places in the Dolomites.

Just 2 km from the center of Rocca Pietore and 1km from the Borgo di Sottoguda, the Hotel Garnì il Cirmolo` is situated in a quiet position with a splendid view of the Dolomites. Just a short distance from the Borgo di Sottoguda, from the town center and a few kilometers from many of the most beautiful places in the Dolomites.

The B&B Il Cirmolo is open year-round. In winter for the sky season, or in summer, to offer respite to the high temperatures of the cities, one can find quiet and tranquillity with the splendid scenery of the Dolomites.

After a delightful breakfast, with homemade cakes, marmalade, and jams with local berries, and fresh eggs; it is possible to take long walks, or hiking the numerous paths, searching for mushrooms, mountain biking (it is possible to rent adequate bikes and/of evokes), or just take a cable car to the highest peaks.

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I lived the most part of my life in Washington DC, now in Italy getting to know again my country. Plenty of surprises, for good and bad, and lots of nostalgia for DC.

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