Travellers heading to Naples hotels this summer for a well-earned break may be around for Ferragosto.
It will probably be hard to miss for people who are in Italy on the day - August 15th 2010 - since it is a national holiday in the country.
The occasion is also known as Assumption Day and was originally a celebration of the middle of summer, when people could finish their hard labour in the fields and rest.
Although it started off in Roman times, the event was later adopted by the Catholic Church to commemorate the assumption of the Virgin Mary.
Italy is still a relatively religious country, but for many people the day simply marks a day of relaxation rather than being a holy event.
However, do not expect to see Naples buzzing with people at this time, since locals tend to travel to rural areas on the day.
"Ferragosto, or Assumption Day, is the most important summer holiday in Italy, when thousands of Italians escape the hot cities and head for the coast or the countryside," explained Cactus Language Training.
The resource explained that some shops may be closed due to the holiday, but there will be plenty of entertainment taking place, so travellers are not likely to find themselves short of things to do.
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