We've noticed that the US likes to bundle its 'day off' holidays around the weekend. Three day weekends are usually normal. Not always, but a lot of the time. In Italy, they celebrate holidays on the day, no matter when it falls. If that means everyone has Thursday off, then Friday back to work, then the weekend, so be it.
I must say today was a beautiful sunny and warm day. I went for a nice 40 km bike ride to Lurago d'Erba and back.
View of the Alps from my turn around point in Lurago d'Erba