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Ferragosto 2023: a guide to activities and the urge for planning

How to spend August 15th without falling into anxiety


With the arrival of Ferragosto, many find themselves facing a common dilemma: how to best spend this mythical holiday? While some prefer to embrace a spontaneous approach and enjoy the moment, others fall into the trap of “the urge for planning”, attempting to schedule every single moment. But why does this tendency persist? And what are the best options for a pleasant Ferragosto day?

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The Allure of planning

“The urge for planning” seems to be an intrinsic behavior in many individuals. Planning every detail of a day can provide a sense of control and organization, which in some cases can alleviate stress and anxiety. With the abundance of options available during Ferragosto, many are drawn to the idea of structuring the day to maximize enjoyment.

Furthermore, planning can contribute to creating positive expectations. Anticipating activities in advance can heighten excitement and enthusiasm, providing a form of anticipation that enhances the pleasure of the event itself. This may explain why many people prefer having a well-defined plan for Ferragosto rather than leaving everything to chance.

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Options for Ferragosto 2023

  • Nature picnic: For those who love the tranquility of nature, a picnic in a park or nature reserve might be the ideal option. Packing a basket with food and drinks, a blanket, and some board games can make this experience relaxing and enjoyable.

  • Beach day: Seaside resorts, budget permitting, are a classic choice for Ferragosto. Spending the day at the beach, swimming in the sea, and soaking up the sun can be the perfect way to relax and recharge.

  • Wine and food tour: For food enthusiasts, a wine and food tour might be irresistible. Visiting wineries, tasting exquisite wines, and savoring local dishes can be an unforgettable culinary experience.

  • Outdoor excursion: A hike or a mountain walk, now that trekking is back in fashion, can offer a rejuvenating experience. Fresh air, breathtaking views, and light physical activity are excellent for the mind and body.
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In an era where the hectic pace of life often compels us to be constantly connected and engaged, Ferragosto represents an opportunity to slow down and savor the moment. While the allure of planning can be strong, it's important to remember that flexibility and spontaneity can lead to equally rewarding experiences. So, whether you choose to meticulously plan every detail or let your instincts guide you, the main goal is to unwind your mind.



Illustration by Gloria Dozio - Acrimònia Studios