Thanks to Wikipedia, my Italian friend and I learned the meaning behind the August 15th holiday: FERRAGOSTO!
“Ferragosto is an Italian holiday celebrated on August 15. Originally, it may have related to a celebration of the middle of the summer and the end of the hard labour in the fields. The Catholic Church celebrates this date as a Holy Day of Obligation to commemorate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary—the real physical elevation of her sinless soul and incorrupt body, into Heaven.”
In other words, Italy (the majority of it) shuts down for holiday (if they haven’t stopped working already). And not just for one day, I’m talking weeks (at least 1 week, maybe two). No joke!
PS: I went back to Nuovo Fiore for Round 2. I was tempted to try a new gelateria but I felt the need to man up to my inital ice-cream mishap. However, before ordering my icecream ticket (you have to chose your order and pay before you go to the counter), I was in contemplation mode: CONE or CUP (I know… life-altering decision).
Cups are so boring and I feel like your getting so much more for your euro when you order a cone because you can eat it! However, in order to avoid another disaster, I compromised by ordering a cup with 2 Flavors + Panna for 2,00 (whipped cream was included in the price)… however, when I went to the counter to order Banana and Melon with Panna… I spied an EDIBlE ICE CREAM CUP!! Seriously, who says you cant have the best of both worlds ;)
Happy to report that there were no suicidal ice-cream attempts (and the banana was absolutely phenomenal), Happy Ferragosto!