The following days are public holidays in Italy.[1] These include a mix of national, religious and local observances.

In addition to the 12 national holidays 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).[1] In South Tyrol, the holiday is instead on Whit Monday. This makes the total public holidays in Italy 13.

This number does not correspond to the number of days off work as public holidays falling on weekends are not transferred.

When a holiday falls on a Tuesday or a Thursday it is common practice to make a ponte (bridge) in order to have a long weekend. Schools are usually closed.

Current holidays

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 Nazi occupation and Fascism, 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

Other holidays

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.[2]
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.[3]
11 February Lateran Treaty Patti Lateranensi Treaty between the kingdom of Italy and the Holy See establishing, among others, the recognition of the Vatican City as an independent state.
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.
28 September Four Days of Naples Insurrezione popolare di Napoli contro i nazifascisti or Quattro giornate di Napoli Uprising of the Neapolitan resistance against the German occupying forces. 27–30 September 1943
4 October Saint Francis and Saint Catherine San Francesco e Santa Caterina Patron saints of Italy
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.

References

  1. ^ a b "Festività nazionali in Italia" (in Italian). Governo Italiano - Dipartimento per il Cerimoniale dello Stato. Retrieved 1 March 2022.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ Legge n. 92 del 30 marzo 2004