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Join in the Palio celebrations in Siena, Tuscany

If you’re after exciting Italian holidays, there is no better time to visit than the month of August, with festivals and events running throughout the month. August 15th marks the start of the national holiday of the Ferragosto, commonly known as Assumption Day. Many places in Italy, even the sleepy villages, come alive with music, food, parades and fireworks as Italians celebrate this special day.

Palio de Siena Tuscany horse race August festival Italian holidays

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5 of the Best Books for Your Summer Holiday

Perhaps one of the best parts of a summer holiday abroad is lying on the sun lounger at the local beach, or by the pool of your luxury villa, and immersing yourself in a good book. It is a chance for you to take an hour or two away from the world, guilt-free, and experience something completely different from your own life. Whatever your fancy, a good book should be on your packing list. If you’re unsure what book to take this year, don’t panic! We have a list of the best page-turning books on the market this summer, giving you a great reason to lounge in the sun topping up your tan without being pestered!

Books to read at the Italian beach.

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