Basically the entire country goes on vaca in August here. Everyone. I found this so odd when I first started living here. It made no sense to me. Obviously everything will be more expensive because all the shop owners, hotels, restaurants KNOW FOR A FACT that all Italians will be on vacation during that month. Also, clearly the traffic is going to be a nightmare if you have an entire country moving at the same time. City life is going to be kind of depressing if you are NOT at the beach because everyone else is.
Yes, I just could not understand this tradition. But after living here a while, I came to really embrace the “whole country on vacation together” thing. There is such an atmosphere of summer here. You feel it in the air, you see on it on the faces of everyone. We just don’t have that sensation in the States because everyone takes vacation throughout the year. And since we only have two weeks, for sure we don’t get geared up for spending up to a month at the beach. And even with our meager two weeks, many times we visit family or take care of personal things we don’t have time to do when we are working.
Anyway, summertime is fun in Italy…so here are a few tunes that seem summerish to me…hopefully they will put in you in a sunny mood too!
Daniele Silvestri – “Una Giornata al Mare” – Singing about “a day at the beach.” Don’t you just want to join him in a dance in that little town with those guys playing the accordion?
Biagio Antonacci – “Non Vivo Piu’ Senza Te” – This song has such a great rhythm, he is singing about how he can’t live without his love. He tries to forget her by taking a vacation in Salento (beautiful coastal area in Puglia). It doesn’t work.
Seba – “Domenica d’Estate” – So sweet this song. He is talking about all of the fun stuff of summer. Fireworks, going to the beach, being with family.
Vinicio Capossela – “E Allora Mambo” – When I hear the word “mambo,” I immediately think of Cuba, and if I am thinking of Cuba, I am thinking of the Caribbean, of their beautiful, clear, blue water!