I recently booked 5 days in Italy flying in and out of Bologna and committed the cardinal sin of not doing enough research. The long and the short of it is we will be landing in Bologna on a national holiday, 15th august. I have been informed by numerous blogs, posts and travel guides that no shops, bars, restaurants or tourist attractions will be open on 15th. Is this really the case? I figure we have a couple of options for the 15th but wondering if even these will be viable. Number one is a lazy day in Giardini Margherita with a picnic an some wine, and a stroll around the (possibly deserted) town in the evening. Will it even be possible to buy picnic provisions on the 15th, are other posts exaggerated or is 15th August really a total shut down? Our second option is to catch a train to Florence after we land at 10am and try our luck that there will be more things open there, possibly with a walk into the countryside. We were intending to visit Verona as well on the trip so could ear mark this for the first day if that might be a better option. I am interested in any suggestions that will help us get the most out of our 5 days in Italy. We are hoping to visit some local bars and restaurants with live music and character if anyone has any suggestions of places that might be open from 15th - 20th. Any feedback or suggestions would be gratefully received.