Happy Solemnity of the Assumption! Today is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It’s also the quietest day of the year in Rome. Despite what you may have heard, Rome does not shut down in August. Lots of the locals are on vacation, and many shops and restaurants are closed, some for the month, many just for a week or two, but it is still possible to enjoy the city. It’s literally my favorite day of the year in Rome.