It’s that time of year again! The day when Italians take the day off, plunge their faces in watermelon and celebrate Ferragosto with friends and family.
Ferrogosto is a public Italian holiday that every year celebrates the Assumption of the Virgin Mary on August 15th. The name of this holiday however has ancient Roman origins: it marked the height of the end-of-harvest festivities introduced by the Emperor Augustus from the year 18 BC. Like many Italians do around this time of year, we’re packing up traditional Ferragosto foods and taking off to the beaches, mountains or the countryside of Italy for some much needed R&R.
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Wishing all our readers, friends and followers BUON FERRAGOSTO from Casa Mia!
Eleonora Baldwin is a TV host, freelance food and travel writer, and culinary connoisseur based in Rome, Italy. Her writing appears in several food and travel publications. Her shows “ABCheese” and “Uazz’america” are broadcast on Italian food network Gambero Rosso Channel. Her podcast “iCheese” is recorded live on the Radio Food Live network.