Public & National Holidays in Italy

Italy is one among those states that thoroughly enjoy public and national holidays. There are twelve days that are clearly declared national holidays by the Italian Government. However, the elimination of the non-religious holidays and to celebrate them during Sundays rather than usual dates is under consideration of the Government.

Most of the offices remain close during the public and national holidays in Italy, providing the employees with opportunities to spend time with their families. However, some museums of Italy remain open for specific time period and the public transport also offer limited service, keeping the citizens’ travelling issues in mind.


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    Holidays in January

    1st - New Year's Day

    It marks the start of the year, according to the Gregorian calendar.

    6th - Epiphany

    This national holiday is based on the story of the three wise men (or kings), offering Jesus presents of frankincense, myrrh and gold.

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    Holidays in March

    Around Equinox - Easter Day

    This national holiday in Italy is set around the time of the March Equinox to memorialize Jesus Christ’s resurrection from death.

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    Holidays in April

    First Monday after - Easter Monday

    This national holiday in Italy is celebrated on the first Monday after Easter.

    25th - Liberation Day

    It marks the fall of Mussolini's Italian Social Republic and the end of the Nazi occupation in Italy in 1945.

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    Holidays in May

    1st -International Workers' Day /May Day

    This national holiday is to honour the labour union movement’s economic and social accomplishments.

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    Holidays in June

    2nd - Republic Day

    It is also known as Festival of the Republic. It is observed to honour the day when Italians voted to close down the kingdom in 1946 so their country could become a republic.

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    Holidays in August

    15th - Assumption Day/Ferragosto

    It is also known as Assumption of Mary in Italy.  It is celebrated to respect Catholic belief that God acquired the body of Jesus’ mother Mary into paradise at her death.

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    Holidays in November

    1st -All Saints' Day

    Also known as Festa di Tutti i Santi, it cooperatively commemorates all of the Catholic saints.

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    Holidays in December

    8th - Immaculate Conception

    It is also known as Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Italy. It venerates the Catholic Belief that Jesus’ mother Mary was graced by God to lead a life “free of sin.”

    25th - Christmas Day

    It is celebrated to memorialize Jesus’ Birth.

    26th - St. Stephens Day

    This national holiday in Italy is also known as Feast of St. Stephen. It is celebrated to pay tribute to St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr.

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