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High season runs from July through August, when the region is inundated with foreign tourists, predominantly Italians. During this period prices rise significantly, it's difficult to find a place to sleep if you haven't reserved in advance, restaurant staff are overworked, and beaches are crowded. On top of everything, it can be very hot. On the positive side, some museums and churches have extended opening hours, the season's open-air bars and clubs bring nightlife to the fore, and there are several cultural festivals with performances starring international musicians, dancers, and actors.