The first of May is a public holiday in Italy celebrating International Workers’ Day. Known as La Festa dei Lavoratori, it is a day often celebrated out of doors, if possible, with picnics, parades and concerts. Michelle over at Bleeding Espresso wrote a great summary of the holiday last year. Much like Labor Day in America, it is a holiday where many, many, many Italians travel. Since the holiday falls on a Friday this year, it means it will be a busy long weekend here on the Amalfi Coast.
Earlier this week I saw the poster above advertising a free concert today in Ravello’s Piazza Duomo celebrating Primo Maggio, or the first of May. I was hoping to make it, but it doesn’t look like I can. What will I be doing instead? Working! Unfortunately, writing deadlines don’t follow the Italian holiday schedule, and I have a fun project I have been working on that must be wrapped up today. But with dark clouds looming in the mountains above the coastline, it might be a day best spent inside after all.
Whatever the day brings you – rest or a busy schedule – I wish you a Buona Festa dei Lavoratori!!