Public holidays in Italy

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The following days are public holidays in Italy:[1]

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, 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 Assunta
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).[2]

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
4 November National Unity and Armed Forces Day Giorno dell'Unità Nazionale e
Festa delle Forze Armate
Victory over Austria-Hungary in 1918.
Was a public holiday until 1976.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Festività nazionali in Italia" (in Italian). Italian Embassy in London. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Festività nazionali in Italia" (in Italian). Governo Italiano - Dipartimento per il Cerimoniale dello Stato. Retrieved 25 April 2013.