Today in Italy we celebrate St. Martin.
During this time of the year, it is typical to have a few days of warm temperatures, almost summer-like, even though we are in Autumn. This period is called St. Martin’s summer because, according to Catholic tradition, around 300 A.C., St. Martin of Tours gave half of his cloak to a beggar who was cold due to a rainstorm. Later that day he gave the other half to another beggar. Immediately after, the sky turned bright and the temperature became mild.
In Montalcino we are experiencing St. Martin’s summer. Right now it is very sunny and the temperatures over the past few days have risen to over 68°F (20°C) with a peak of 73°F (23°C) on Sunday. In the evening the temperature is normal, 46°F (8°C).