The ancient holiday of Ferragosto is a period of celebration across the whole of Italy. Falling on the 15 August every year whatever day that happens to be, the public holiday is a time for workers to down tools, families to relax and most importantly of all, for everyone to live life to the full. In Italy this usually means enjoying the best of food, drink and the summer sun. While not all of us might be lucky enough to be over there, we can still do our best to experience something of the spirit.
above: Medusa Red Vase by Versace
Dotmaison have a selection of some of the very best Italian designer products available; with them at your disposal you can enjoy the true heart of the Ferragosto.
An Italian style party needs its guests to be consistently topped up with the best in food and drink. Readily accessible fresh fruit should ideally be to hand, and this superb Mediterraneo bowl makes that an unmistakable opportunity. The Italian brand Alessi have created this beautiful bowl using the finest glass available and have decorated in classic vibrant style. Without doubt, a true party essential the bowl make the serving of fruit to parties an absolute pleasure.
No Italian style celebration would be complete without a generous helping of gelato. Any summer gathering whether held outdoors or indoors is often heightened with a taste of the gorgeous ice chilled flavour. For this, Alessi also have an excellent answer. On hot days and sultry nights, the big love ice cream bowl and spoon is sure to inspire exactly what it says!
Pizza is welcome at any time, but during holiday times a slice of your favourite dish could be even more of a treat. Why not make it extra special by getting it to be just right with the Pizza Fork and Cutter Set by Guzzini. Traditional pizza in Italy is always uncut so this can be handy as a tool brought to the garden table for all hungry guests to make use of. Let’s have another slice!
When it comes to brightening up parties that look like going on well into the night, Seletti have got the answer. The luminescent power of the bella vista garden frosted led lights promise to keep everything in clear view when the sun begins to fade but the guests – and fun – remain.