It's also a day for giving thanks for the land and for good harvests.
When you hear the word "Ferragosto" it means that Italians go on holiday and head to the beach or mountains.
While many businesses throughout Italy are closed, the new Fodor's Italy 2010 guide will give you plenty of ideas for planning an August vacation. If you like cycling, you'll find a great resource on our blog, Cycling in Italy.
August is great month to travel. Cities are less crowded and you won't have to wait in long lines for entry into tourist attractions.
If you are headed to Siena, plan to attend the Palio www.aboutsiena.com/palio-of-Siena.html
If you love art, music, wine and food, catch the Cortona for the Tuscan Sun Festival www.tuscansunfestival.com before it ends on August 6.
Want to cool off, head to the sea or better yet bypass the busy beaches and head north to Verona for the Summer Opera www.arena.it
Ciao e a presto