Gated storefronts, dark grocery stores, and deserted streets might not be the greeting you’d expect upon arrival in Urbino, the quintessential Renaissance city. But if the time is between 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., this is the likely scene.
The Italian pausa, similar to the Spanish siesta, is a break in the midday for storeowners and employees alike to close up shop and escape the busy day. While the rest of Italy grows closer to the international 9-to-5 work day, small cities and towns like Urbino still retain traditional practices. Giovanni Garbugli, owner and operator of the Sugar Caffé in Urbino, says most workers during pausa go home, enjoy a small lunch, take a little rest or even a nap, finish some much overdue housework, or pick up a book to read.
For a tourist in Urbino, the two-to-four hour lull can generate extreme frustration. The most necessary tasks of the day always seem fall within pausa. But don’t get discouraged, says Garbugli; instead, embrace the local custom and find your inner Italian. How to pass the time? He suggests taking in the unforgettable views on a walk around the city, planning activities for the next day, or sitting and enjoying the Piazza della Repubblica with a cappuccino shakerato (iced cappuccino) at Caffé Basili. Then watch as the streets of Urbino come alive once more.
See on 2012.inurbino.net
About the Urbino Project: Between June 1 and June 30, 2012, 51 student journalists from around the world developed multimedia journalism stories to document the people and places of Urbino and the Marche Region of Italy. They came from schools such as Iowa State University, James Madison University, Oklahoma State University, Indiana University, Winston-Salem State University, Washington & Lee University, Ithaca College, University of South Dakota, Appalachian State University, Virginia State University and Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi. Forty students participated in a multimedia section, while 11 students worked on “Urbino Now” magazine…
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