From 15/08/2012 to 15/08/2012
Ferrogosto - August 15th - is a national holiday in Italy, which means that just about everything will be closed, and Italians will be heading to either the beach or the mountains for a long weekend. Ferrogosto is a celebration of the harvest, and also a celebration of the Assumption of Mary into heaven, and dates back to Emperor Augustus. The Italians have mixed a holiday and pagan festival together.
Around the first week in August, you will start to see signs on shops, cafes and restaurants indicating they are closed for FERIE- holiday. Return dates are somewhere around the last week in August. The impression is that everyone plans their annual summer vacation to include Ferragosto.
Shops that aren’t closed already for the holiday are certainly closed for Ferrogosto. Venice can seem empty, at least it was in my neighborhood. If you live close to the train station and Piazzale Roma, so there is a fair amount of foot traffic coming and going from these areas around the train station. However, it can be particularly quiet. Sometimes the grocery stores are only open half a day, the impression that Venice is a ghost town. Even the trash collectors do not work.
The city of Venice
Parking in Venice can be a problem: in order to better join the town find the right place in one of our parking area.
Parking directions in Venice
If you are heading to the old town, then it is only accessible by boat, so it is not possible to bring your car here – you wouldn’t want to anyway, as going to the old town makes you feel like you have gone back in time. There is a large