Chiuso per ferie/Closed for holidays. An Italian business

If you happen to be in Italy between the end of July and the first half of september, you surely have to deal with this sign.

You will find it anywhere. Stores, Coffee shops, bookstores, even public libraries and offices will be closed to the public or will be open with a orario ridotto (‘reduced’ business hours).

Le ferie, ‘holidays’, not a generic holiday but specifically the break you take from your job (if you are retired or unoccupied you don’t go to ferie but just in vacanza ‘take a vacation’), typically in August, are a genuine Italian institution that originates at the time of the glorious Roman Empire. They were instituted by Emperor Ottaviano Augusto himself. And the people of Italy couldn’t be more proud of this noble Italic tradition.

As a proud member of the community I disappeared at the end of July to the end of September. What a Patriot! And now here I am, at the end of a long season of fancazzismo (the less-politically-correct-version of the dolce far niente described in Eat Pray Love) ready for new adventures.

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Riaperto per ferie

Le ferie. Questa strana tradizione italiana che confonde gli stranieri.

Quante volte mi è capitato di discuterne di fronte alle facce perplesse dei colleghi iù-ès-èi, mentre tentavo con fatica di spiegare il concetto di fancazzismo con lo stesso successo di chi prova a convertire un macellaio fiorentino al veganesimo.

Ma di questo parleremo un’altra volta.

Le ferie, nobile usanza italica le cui origini risalgono nientepo’po’dimenoche all’imperatore Ottaviano Augusto, antica tradizione di cui gli italiani non potrebbero essere più fieri.

Come orgoglioso membro della comunità italica non potevo certo esimermi dal celebrarla, per cui eccomi qui, dopo una lunga stagione di fancazzismo livello avanzato, con la faccia e l’entusiasmo di chi torna dalle ferie.

Che patriota.

#Off topic – To my beloved Readers: The end of “I miss home” project is around the corner…

Dear Readers,

as you can probably tell, the number #365 is not so far away, and the end of “Miss home” project (See “I miss home” https://misshome.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/i-miss-home/ ) is getting closer.

But as we say in Italy “quando si chiude una porta si apre un portone” (‘when a door closes a gate opens’)… I really want to start a new project!

And I need your help!

Do you want to read more about Italy and Italian culture? And what would you like to read?

Your suggestions will be precious and so much appreciated.

Un abbraccio a tutti and read you soon!

Miss O.