Calendar of National Holidays & Annual Events in Italy
Calendar of National Holidays & Annual Events in Italy
Calendar of National Holidays & Annual Events in Italy

Calendar of National Holidays & Annual Events in Italy

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There are a few major religious and historical celebrations which are National Public Holidays and are celebrated all over Italy. On these days the shops, businesses, museums and other attractions tend to be closed. These are listed below for your convenience.

Some historical events in the larger cities have become big tourist attractions and crowds of people flock to witness the spectacle. We have listed only the most famous for now but will add more later.

Festivals form a large part of life in Italy and these celebrations are not just confined to religion, historical events, art and culture. All over the country everything is celebrated; chestnuts, tomatoes, lemons, pasta, wild boar, mushrooms, wine, local saints and famous people and many other things. The list is endless and varies greatly from region to region but all are fun, colourful and full of life and enthusiasm. They are not included in the list below but don't be surprised to find yourself in the middle of one of them during your holiday.

All Holidays & Events | National Public Holidays | Local Events
Full Calendar
Date Event Location
January 01 New Year's Day (Capodanno) National Public Holiday
January 06 Epiphany (Epifania) National Public Holiday
Dates vary Carnevale
Held during the 2 or 3 weeks leading up to Shrove Tuesday.
The 2 major carnivals are in Venice and Viareggio
All over Italy
March/April Easter Sunday (Pasqua) National Public Holiday
March/April Easter Monday (Pasquetta) National Public Holiday
April 21
closest weekend
Founding of Rome (Dies Natalis)
Celebration of Rome's birthday (2,766 to date)
National Public Holiday
April 25 Liberation Day (Festa della Liberazione)
Liberation of Italy from Nazi Germany in 1945
National Public Holiday
April 25 St. Mark's Day (Festa di San Marco )
Men traditionally present roses to the woman they love
Venice, Veneto
May 01 International Worker's Day (Festa del Lavoro) National Public Holiday
May 01 Festival of Sant' Efisio
The largest and most colourful religious procession in the world
Cagliari, Sardinia
June 02 Republic Day (Festa della Repubblica)
Birth of the Italian Republic, 1946
National Public Holiday
June
dates vary
Calcio Fiorentino
Historic football game with a difference
Florence, Tuscany
July 02 Palio horse race Siena, Tuscany
July
3rd weekend
Feast of the Redeemer (Festa del Redentore)
A religious festival combined with true Venetian celebrations
Spectacular firework display
Decorated boats
Venice, Veneto
August 15 Assumption Day also known as Ferragosto
Religious Festival celebrating the assumption of the Virgin Mary.
Most Italians take their annual holiday for the two weeks around this date
National Public Holiday
August 16 Palio horse race Siena, Tuscany
Late August / Early September Venice Film Festival Venice, Veneto
September 01 Regatta Storica Venice, Veneto
September 07 Festival San Grato Aosta, Aosta
September 07 Festival of the lanterns (Festa della Rificolona)
An historical event celebrating the birthday of the Virgin Mary
A colourful parade with homemade paper lanterns on sticks
Florence, Tuscany
September 19 Festival San Gennaro Naples, Campania
November 01 All Saints' Day (Tutti I Santi or Ognissanti) National Public Holiday
December 08 Immaculate Conception (Immacolata Concezione) National Public Holiday
December 25 Christmas (Natale) National Public Holiday
December 26 St. Stephen's Day (Santo Stefano) National Public Holiday
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