Buone ferie

August 2, 2013 / Local Interest
Dear friends,
While we hope to keep you on your toes by sending you the occasional sneaky mid-summer note, today’s note is to say arrivederci now that the traditional Italian summer ferie (vacation/break) are upon us.

It has been a great year, during which we have finally been able to commit full-time to ItalianNotebook, the community, and ongoing development. Together with your unwavering support (and financial contributions!), we were able to cover expenses, improve our social media presence, hire a professional web designer who is currently at work, and add new region-based categorization of the notes. Everyone, give yourselves a hearty pat on the back. (And our sincerest thanks once again to all!)

Equally important however, are the special thanks that must be given to all of our incredible contributors for the great content they have shared with the community this year. None of this would have been possible without your passione… grazie mille!

Of course, we will also be taking some R&R and enjoying holiday time with family and friends. We hope you will be doing the same, and wish you the very best of summers. We look forward to another great year together, with new energy and new ideas once again in September.

Un saluto, e buone ferie to all!




by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

53 Responses to “Buone ferie”

  1. Debra Duckman

    Enjoy your holiday GB! We love Italian Notebook and look forward to receiving it each day and greatly appreciate your creativity all year long.

  2. Rita Zijp

    Thank you all at Italian Notebook, I have enjoyed every day’s note and wish you all a good restful holiday!

    Best wishes,

  3. I look forward to your daily notes each day. I look forward to bringing my Italy Retreat group to Italy in September. Have a great vacation!

  4. Have a lovely holiday, and hurry back soon! Don’t know if we can make it through until September for the Notes!!

  5. Roseann

    Thanks for another year of exceptional notes. I have learned so much about Italy from Italian Notebook.

  6. giovanna gandy

    Thank you for all the beautifull emails I’ve enjoyed so much.
    Have a great well deserved time off.
    looking forward to your emails in september.
    Ciao, giovanna

  7. GB and all your crew, enjoy your R&R. Looking forward to your new articles when you return in September.

  8. Dick - PA, USA

    GB & crew enjoy your R&R. Looking forward to new articles in Sept.

  9. Arthur Bierman

    GB, I have a request that if fulfilled will make me even happier come Sept.: Make it easier to forward your dailies. I grow tired of having to type names & addresses instead of clicking on my recipients saved names and email addresses. Grazie, Arturo

  10. Joan Fenendael

    I will be in Italy in late October and can’t wait to re-visit some favorite places, Orvieto and Rome.

  11. Kathleen Femiani

    Enjoy your break! You will be missed!
    Ciao! Ciao! Ciao!

  12. Michelle Bini

    I am traveling to Italy in October and have so enjoyed all of your columns. Have a wonderful vacation and when you return I will be able to “relate” to much you say.

  13. Patricia Sandler

    Buona ferie! Anch’io saro` in Italia ad ottobre. Vedere la sua bellezza e` la ragione per questo tacuino. Buona fortuna, anche.

  14. I will miss you but I know how important it is to have some R&R
    Enjoy, looking foward to hearing from you in September. Ciao, Angela

  15. Jill Ackerman

    Viva L’Italia, and thank you for nourishing la mia nostalgia with your good humor and clever writings, GB and everyone! Buone ferie tutte.
    Al’Autunno allora…

  16. Pat Carney Ceccarelli
    Pat Carney Ceccarelli

    Wonderful GB looking over these responses knowing we are all part of a lovely crew all in love with life and Italy. Your photographs for the summer holiday somehow capturing that love of life, family, friends, food, wine. And above all – us being connected! Many thanks! from Pat

  17. Henry Clukey

    I hope you enjoy your long Italian vacation,well deserved!!!!Will miss your daily posts… Once again ENJOY!!!! Henry. P.s. SO,SO envious……

  18. Stephanie

    Thank you for all the hard work you do on the “Italian Notebook” that I so Much enjoy reading each day. Wishing you a good month full of rest anf good food. Wish I was there to enjoy with you. Milli grazie a tutti voi!!!

  19. Ciao, GB! Buone ferie e buon lavoro, allora! Looking forward to all the new developments!

  20. Anne Robichaud

    Buone ferie, GB and enjoy a well-deserved rest. Complimenti again and again for all you do in diffusing the news on the endless treasures of Italy.

  21. God Bless and be safe out there, have a good vacation and thanks for all the good work this year….saluto tutti voi grande principe e principesse

  22. Dick RI

    Wish I were coming this year to visit you. There’s still September/October, the best time to visit you.

  23. Iris Carulli

    You rule GB. Thanks for the great site and great writing, always, Iris

  24. Enjoy your vacation – looking forward to your return! My son goes to Italy in September for the semester -I plan to forward your wonderful articles to him! MD

  25. Have a wonderful vacation and I will try to live without you…temporarily. I look forward to your return in September and greeting you each day in my mailbox. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy the news, information and the people we meet in your dailies.

    Thank you. Thank you.

  26. lisa evans

    What is the meaning of Ferragosto?
    The 15th August is called “Ferragosto” from Latin “Feriae Augusti” = “the rest of August”, in honor of Octavian Augustus (from which derives the name of the month August). “Ferragosto” has ancient origins: it was a day off, the time for resting and thanksgiving for the fruits received from the ground but in 18BC were called “Feriae Augusti”. On “Ferragosto” the workers had the rest and used to receive a tip from the master.
    After the fall of Roman Empire the Church transformed the Ferragosto, it became the “Assunzione” (the Assumption, one of the dogmas of Catholicism).

  27. John cowley

    All so many good and excellent comments, well diservered, you all must enjoy the break, and thank you for bringing thid increadible country to life in such great perspective! Please excuse my spelling!
    Buon vacance
    Look forward to the next issues!

  28. francesco costa

    buone ferie a te, caro gb, e a chiunque tu ami! io sono tornato stasera a roma dalla puglia con un viaggio di sei ore in un treno privo di aria condizionata, ma che cosa sono le difficoltà se si possiede un minimo di spirito di avventura? oltretutto, per uno scrittore, sono la linfa che nutre l’ispirazione! ora mi rimetto a scrivere, ma mi mancherà italian notebook! arrivederci a settembre e sii felice, francesco

  29. Lenore Chicka

    FANTASTIC! I am sooooo pleased to hear that all went so well for you, and am excited about what will be coming up soon. Every morning while I read your notes and listen to Italian music ,it
    transcends me back to Italy which I miss and love so much. Your website has been phenomenal and enjoyed by me and so many. We’re with you 100%.
    ciao, Lenore

  30. Divertiti, GB! I remember being in Rome during Ferragosto on my first trip to Rome – over 22 years ago – not realizing I should have been somewhere else. As it turned out, I had a superlative guide who was able to show me the city I’ve been in love with ever since without the crowd interference.

  31. Joseph Spano

    Be well return fat in life so we may enjoy our notes together. Francesco from puglia and we go to visit friends and family..until then rimanere saggio..

  32. Santa Lucia DiFalco

    can’t tell you how much we enjoy Italian Notebook. With all our realtives gone we enjoy the stories that we miss so much. Husband and I will be in Puglia in October this year. New area for us to explore. thank you and enjoy the rest.

  33. Loretta Cynowa

    How about having a strip along the side of your daily mailings to us of advertisements of hotels, restaurants, travel agents, and other companies that would be of interest to your readers (and helpful!). That way you receive money and we get info on places that are available when we travel to Italy. I know you probably want to remain unbiased and not promote an individual restaurant of hotel. but you could have a listing of hotels or restaurants that the businesses could pay to be on, etc. OR if you highlight a particular region or city, you could contact hotels or restaurants in the area to be advertised in that issue, etc. Just a thought, but I would like it and find it helpful.

  34. Victoria

    Will miss you…but a well-deserved “buone ferie”! Grazie for the notes and the opportunity to be a Contributing Writer!
    Until September…divertiti!

  35. While I wish you lots of rest and relaxation, I will personally miss your daily greeting. It kept a smile on my face while I was nursing my shattered leg. My best to you and your enter staff for producing an excellent product, and the photography is good to frame. Thank you.

    • Mary K. De Paola

      While I wish you lots of rest and relaxation, I will personally miss your daily greeting. It keeps a smile on my face while I am nursing my shattered leg. My best to you and your entire staff for producing an excellent product, and photography good for framing. Read you in September. Thank you, Mary

  36. Allan Mahnke

    Mille grazie e buona ferie a voi tutti! Anche noi saremo in Italia in ottobre!

  37. GB,
    If you can possibly enjoy yourself and Italy even more during the holiday, more than you already do… please write about it when you return. You will be thought of as you are off getting some sun.


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