This is another idea I have taken from an article about siesta I found on bbc.
It is nice to have the debate focused on it if you have students from Spain or Italy, and if you do not, no worries, siesta is well-known already and I think the topics will be successful enough!
This activity could be used as writing and conversation:
“The word siesta comes from the Latin sexta,” explains Juan José Ortega, vice president of the Spanish Society of Sleep and a somnologist – an expert in sleep medicine. “The Romans stopped to eat and rest at the sixth hour of the day. If we bear in mind that they divided periods of light into 12 hours, then the sixth hour corresponds in Spain to the period between 1pm (in winter) and 3pm (in summer).”
It was Spain’s peculiar historical working hours that gave Spaniards the opportunity to fit the infamous nap into their day
From its Roman origins, the siesta became a cross cultural phenomenon, but it was Spain’s peculiar historical working hours that gave Spaniards, perhaps more so than most, the opportunity to fit the infamous nap into their day.