For those who love to travel or simply spend long weekends away from home, 2023 is a record year: with just 4 days off, if you don't work during the weekend, you can accumulate 32 days off.
Calendar in hand, here are the possible combinations for organizing and booking trips or escapes from the routine.
In January, the first opportunity to travel is the Epiphany, which falls on a Friday and which allows you to leave for 3 days, adding Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 January.
Easter and Easter Monday are celebrated on Sunday 9 and Monday 10 April, 3 days of mini vacation if Saturday is added.
April 25, Liberation Day, falls on a Tuesday: taking Monday off and attaching it to the weekend gives you 4 days off.
May 1, Monday, offers a long weekend as well as June 2, Republic Day, which is a Friday.
For those who are not on vacation in August, the 15th falls on a Tuesday: with just one day off, you get 4 days off.
November 1st, All Saints' Day, is a Wednesday: with 2 days off - Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday - you can organize a 5-day vacation.
Even in December there are many opportunities to organize weekends: the 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, is a Friday, just as Christmas Day is a Monday and Boxing Day is a Tuesday, which altogether give 4 days of vacation (5 for the Milanese who add the patron saint's day on December 7).
Lastly, New Year's Eve comes on a Sunday but with Monday, January 1, 2024, you can treat yourself to a long weekend.
Thirty-two days of vacation with 4 days of vacation and a 2023 to enjoy while travelling.
Where is it?
Among the destinations to choose from there are some Italian locations where you can organize a long weekend or a short vacation.
Umbria, first of all, is among the destinations recommended by the Lonely Planet guide: the base for visiting the medieval villages is Perugia, which in 2023 celebrates the five hundredth anniversary of Perugino's death.
Also in Italy, two destinations not to be missed are Bergamo and Brescia, which together have been named Italian Capital of Culture 2023, with over one hundred scheduled events.
Two other suggestions from Lonely Planet for a mini vacation are Malta, with its art and sea offerings, and the Chalkidiki Peninsula in Greece, which offers enchanting beaches where you can relax.
Finally, remaining in Europe, National Geographic offers a journey into the unspoilt nature of the Scottish Highlands, between moors and sheep, or the Austrian Alps between trekking, climbing and evenings in a mountain hut.