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Ferragosto in Rome, Backpacking in New Zealand

Friday, August 13th, 2010

If you didn’t know, one of the most popular holidays in Italy is surely the “Ferragosto” on the 15th of August. Originally, in Roman times, it was related to a celebration of the middle of the summer and the end of the hard labour in the fields. Before the Roman Catholic Church came into existence, however, this holiday was celebrated in the Roman Empire to honor the gods and the cycle of fertility and ripening. The original Latin name, Feriae Augusti (“Festivals Holidays of the Emperor Augustus”)

Nowadays, this day is mainly used by italians to go to their beach houses and celebrate. For this year we wanted to focus on those that unfortunately are not able to leave and are going to spend this weekend in the city. First of all we thought to recommend some of the best resources on the eternal city, to best plan holidays in Rome and choose carefully the most interesting activities for the Ferragosto. To catch some of the best pictures for Rome, Italy head over to Secret, whereyou’ll find some fantastic shots from Caimin Jones.

For a comprehensive guide of  summer events (sport, cinema, theatre and so on) head over to the site Estate Romana, where you can check by date or type of activity you prefer.

For more general information about Italy we found Blog From Italy, where we loved the right mix of  news (politics, technology) and inspiring travel guides. You can also find a good list of B&B’s owned by expats, and a lot of  travel advice for Italy. Make sure to take part in the community too.

And finally, for something completely different (and surely not for the upcoming weekend!), we found this brilliant blog,  backpacking New Zealand, where you can find a budget traveller’s guide full of resources and media.  Make sure to browse around the photos and videos section.

Photo by Truus, Bob & Jan Too!

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