What’s better than just packing up mid-day and having a couple of hours to do nothing but relax?
Once bustling streets full of life and crowds are suddenly deserted. Two or so little Cafes usually remain open for those looking for a drink and pastry.
A suggestion if you plan to visit the smaller towns in the countryside for cute little stores, you might just find yourself out of luck. Even getting a full meal besides pastry’s and coffee if you go anywhere between the hours of 12 and 4pm can prove very difficult. Many larger towns and cities shops and restaurants remain open however.
I admit staying in the smaller towns off the beaten track could cause inconvenience for some. Once you know how everything works though, you find you really get into the Italian flow of things. Do your food shopping before noon, enjoy the siesta time, relax, enjoy some people-watching (like the locals do). Want to go into a store during normal hours and its closed? Look around; you might find the owner sipping on expresso and he will come running soon as he see’s you.
Siesta hour is a chance to enjoy Italian towns like the locals.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.