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
Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox Easter Sunday Pasqua
Monday after Easter Easter Monday Lunedì dell'Angelo, Lunedì in Albis or more commonly Pasquetta
25 April Liberation Day Festa della Liberazione Liberation from Fascism and Nazi occupation, 1945
1 May Labour Day Festa del Lavoro (or Festa dei Lavoratori)
2 June Republic Day Festa della Repubblica Birth of the Republic, 1946
15 August Assumption Day Assunzione (Ferragosto)
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 Saint 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] 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 Tricolour Day Festa del tricolore Flag day 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.[3]
10 February National Memorial Day of the Exiles and Foibe Giorno del ricordo Made a national day by law no. 92 of 30 March 2004.[4]
17 March Anniversary of the Unification of Italy Anniversario dell'Unità d'Italia Only in 1911, in 1961 and in 2011 for the 50th, 100th and 150th anniversary.
4 November National Unity and Armed Forces Day Giorno dell'Unità Nazionale e Festa delle Forze Armate A public holiday from its inception in 1919 till 1977, the anniversary of the end of warfare between Italy and Austria-Hungary included in the Armistice of Villa Giusti.


  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.
  3. ^ "L. 20 luglio 2000, n. 211 (1) Istituzione del "Giorno della Memoria" in ricordo dello sterminio e delle persecuzioni del popolo ebraico e dei deportati militari e politici italiani nei campi nazisti" (PDF). MELA (in Italian). 30 July 2000. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  4. ^ Legge n. 92 del 30 marzo 2004