Are You Ready for the Gita Italiana 2010?

You are cordially invited to Bleeding Espresso’s Gita Italiana 2010!

For those who don’t know, many Italians go on vacation during the month of August, and they often end up in various places around the Bel Paese. In celebration of Ferragosto, Bleeding Espresso’s gita (trip) will run from August 16th to the 31st (except Mondays when we’ll have Italian-themed book giveaways), and is especially for those of you who can’t get away for a tour of Italy. Some of my favorite people have kindly contributed posts about their respective areas and will be featured here, so be sure to come back every day for a bit of a virtual holiday to close out the summer.

What: Gita Italiana 2010
Where: Bleeding Espresso
When: August 16-31, 2010

Along the way we’ll have stops in the Aeolian Islands, Sardinia, Venice, Assisi, Piemonte, and many more places, so I hope to see you there (here)!

12 Beans of Wisdom to “Are You Ready for the Gita Italiana 2010?”
  1. Just wanted to say thank you Michelle for inviting me to be one of your contributors. I have seen how hard you have worked on this. Great job and buona vacanza.


    Thanks so much for contributing Julie!

  2. 08.13.2010

    I’ve heard about this holiday time. Hubby said, August is the time when almost everything is closed in Italy. (when I asked him about planning a trip back to tuscany) I guess we will have to wait for September. Enjoy your

    August is definitely NOT the time to come to Italy IMHO…any other time is great though πŸ˜‰

  3. Gil

    Enjoy your vacation! I imagine you two will probably be working in the campagna?

    Vacation? Hmm…well I’m still working; may take off a few days at the end of the month, but NO working the campagna for me! πŸ˜‰

  4. Mary Floridia-Rankin

    Michelle (also my daughter’s name),
    I’ll be waiting to read about all those places we’ll be visiting especially Sardinia as my friend and I will be traveling to Sardinia, then Calalbria, Basilicata and Puglia next year. We’ll go to all the places you go to!!!

    Love your blog!

    Mary Floridia

    Haha Mary is my mother’s name! Hope you enjoy the gita πŸ˜€ Thanks for coming by!

  5. boy, you’re even braver than I thought! I have heard such bad things about trying to go anywhere in Italy in August that the mere idea gives me quivers.

    I don’t have plans to go anywhere, Mimi, but you never know!

  6. 08.15.2010

    I can’t wait to go along for the ride! πŸ™‚

    All aboard! πŸ˜‰

  7. 08.15.2010

    While I’m excited to get the vicarious travel experiences, I can’t believe I arrived back just in time for the Gita! Enjoy!

    Nice to “see” you Jen πŸ˜€

  8. 08.15.2010

    I love how you give books away! What a great way to encourage reading in a society of pop culture and nothingness! πŸ™‚

    Thanks Bren! I love books too much to keep them all to myself πŸ˜‰

  9. 08.15.2010

    I’ve just moved to Sardinia (well almost 2 months ago) and I am looking forward to reading about this wonderful island that is quickly becoming home! As well as the other parts of Italy I hope to one day visit πŸ™‚ I am glad to have your site Michelle – I love it. No vacation around here either – too busy getting the house sorted, wiring, installing kitchens and chasing after crawling 9 month olds!

    Thanks so much for reading Adrianne! Hope you get things sorted quickly πŸ™‚

  10. 08.16.2010

    BTW Michelle – I love the photograph! Did you take it?

    Hoping to get back to Italy next year for a few weeks.

    No, Amy, the photo isn’t mine. The copyright is actually on the photo, but it’s hard to see in the smaller version — it’s found on Flickr.

  11. Thanks for taking us around il bel paese in words and images this month! Besides a few day trips from the Amalfi Coast, I won’t be getting much time off this month either. I probably wouldn’t notice it except for half of Italy it seems is on the beach here. Hah! πŸ™‚

    I hear you, Laura; working while everyone and their brother are literally at the beach is a drag…but hey, we do what we can πŸ˜‰

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