Closed for Holidays

For most of the year, Mantua is a sleepy Italian city.

The city of Mantua

When there’s a festival or some other big event on, it’s a different story.

August is not festival time in Mantua, however, and so the city is not so much sleepy (it’s normal state) as comatose.


All around town and throughout the province the sign CHIUSO PER FERIE (Closed for Holidays) can be seen. Shopkeepers, restauranteurs, bar owners, public servants, cinema operators, etc., all shut up shop and go on holiday.

A local clothes shop is shut and they've taken all the stock with them!

Music shop: shut!

Even the piadina shop is closed.

A bar is closed.

Close-up of sign in bar window

Some people, myself included at times, claim they like the city in August.  On a warm evening you can walk around the pedestrianized centre, eating gelati (the ice cream shops stay open) while idly looking in shop windows (even if the shops themselves are closed). And you can watch the handful of people who haven’t gone away.

Al Cartiglio Mantovano closed until September

I haven’t gone away though and this blog is still open for business.


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Secret Agent Lu likes travelling, reading, neuroses (all kinds), the Orient, cities, feet and science.
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