Festivals & Events

Festivals & Events

The following days are public holidays in Italy:

Date English Name Local Name Remarks
1 January New Year's Day Capodanno  
6 January Epiphany Epifania  
Monday after Easter Easter Monday Lunedì dell'Angelo, Lunedì in Albis or more commonly Pasquetta  
25 April Liberation Day Festa della Liberazione Liberation of Italy from Nazi Germany, 1945
1 May International Workers' Day Festa del Lavoro (or Festa dei Lavoratori)  
2 June Republic Day Festa della Repubblica Birth of the Italian Republic, 1946
15 August Ferragosto/Assumption Day Ferragosto and Assunzione  
1 November All Saints' Day Tutti i santi (or Ognissanti)  
8 December Immaculate Conception Immacolata Concezione (or just Immacolata)  
25 December Christmas Day Natale  
26 December St. Stephen's Day Santo Stefano  

In addition each city or town celebrates a public holiday on the occasion of the festival of the local patron saint: for example, Rome - 29 June (SS. Peter and Paul), Milan - 7 December (S. Ambrose). In South Tyrol, the holiday is instead on Whit Monday (which is also a public holiday in North Tyrol and the rest of German-speaking Europe).

Public holidays and local saints' days are not transferred when they fall on a weekend. The number of working days given over to public holidays therefore varies year by year.

The following days are not public holidays, but are nevertheless established by law:

Date English Name Local Name Remarks
7 January Flag Day Festa del tricolore Made a national day by
law no. 671 of 31 December 1996.
27 January International Holocaust Remembrance Day Giorno della Memoria Made a national day by
law no. 211 of 20 July 2000.
17 March Anniversary of the Unification of Italy Anniversario dell'Unità d'Italia Only in 2011 for the 150th anniversary.
4 November National Unity and Armed Forces Day Giorno dell'Unità Nazionale e
Festa delle Forze Armate
A public holiday from his inception in 1919 up to 1977, this marked the anniversary of the ratification of the Armistice of Villa Giusti between Italy and Austria-Hungary.

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