Last weekend in the States was Memorial Day Weekend. I definitely was missing my old Memorial Day 72-hour routine of hot dogs, hamburgers, Brooklyn rooftop parties and general enjoyment of the 3 day weekend.
But the Italians more than make up for its lack of celebrating American holidays (minus the rooftop parties) with their tradition of il ponte (the bridge) and their seemingly never ending list of Italian national holidays.
Italians love their holidays that fall on Tuesdays or Thursdays. It gives them the perfect reason to also take the preceding Monday or the following Friday off, giving them their "bridge" to or from the weekend. Yes, il ponte is a beautiful thing.
And next Tuesday, June 2nd, is La Festa della Repubblica. Which is a very important holiday to me. Why, you ask? Because it means a 4 day ponte weekend mixed with equal parts Adriatic Sea, home-made cooking, white wine, catching up with friends and family in Fano, and most importantly... niente lavoro (the phrase "no work" sounds good in any language).
ponte comes along.