The 15th August marks the beginning of the summer holidays, where many Italians have one last hurrah at home before heading off on their vacations.
Dating back centuries, Ferragosto traditionally marked the end of the harvest season, when friends and family gathered together to enjoy the fruits of their labor. The festival also coincides with Assumption Day, the Catholic feast day celebrating Mary’s ascent to heaven.
Today, Italians celebrate with colorful religious processions, festivals overflowing with live music and fireworks, and – our favorite – great feasts. Roma comes alive for the Gran Ballo di Ferragosto, a city-wide party during which every street, square, and corner is dedicated to dancing; Siena overflows with locals and visitors alike to watch Il Palio, a historic horse race in the central Piazza del Campo of the medieval Tuscan town.
Celebrate Ferragosto this weekend by creating your own Italian feast at home with products from our market, take a trip to Cucina del Mercato, Pasta e Pizza and La Terrazza di Eataly for traditional Italian dishes and a Spritz from our Aperol Spritzeria or visit La Pasticceria and indulge in traditional Italian Dolci and home-made gelato… A presto!