Am helping a friend plan a (possible) family trip for two weeks in August for a family of 4 (two teens). Schedule dictate August travel. Can folks advise if the weather is so bad as to chase folks away, or just to know about in advance. WE're east coasters. Also, are historical sites all generally open for tourists or will they be dealing with site closures. Some info on web indicates August is a no-go for Italy, others that it's just not the best time. What about shops too? Some or all closed in August?