On August 15 Italy celebrates a special holiday called Ferragosto. The term derives from the Latin expression feriae Augusti (Augustus' rest) indicating a festivity set up by the emperor Augustus in 18 BC.
Still today, Ferragosto represents the pick of the summer season, the day (and the week) during which, in the cities, offices are emptied, most shops are closed, traffic is stopped, while the exodus to beaches, hills and mountains culminates. Furthermore, August 15 means celebrations of the Assumption of Mary, one of the Catholic holy days of obligation.
Ferragosto in Tuscany is celebrated with many events, here is a list!