List of Year-round Italian Holidays and Festivals

Holidays and Festivals Celebrated in Italy

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Italian holidays, festivals, and feast days reflect Italian culture, history, and religious practices. Some Italian holidays are similar to those celebrated throughout many other parts of the world, while others are unique to Italy.

January 1, for example, is Capodanno (New Year's Day), while April 25 is the Festa della Liberazione (Liberation Day), an annual national holiday commemorating the 1945 liberation ending World War II in Italy.

Other include November 1, Ognissanti (All Saints Day), a religious holiday during which Italians typically bring flowers to the graves of their deceased relatives, and Pasquetta (Easter Monday), when traditionally, Italians fare una scampagnata (to go for an outing) in the countryside and have a picnic to mark the beginning of springtime.

In addition to national holidays (when government offices and most businesses and retail shops are closed), many Italian towns and villages celebrate the feast day of their santo patrono (patron saint), which differs from place to place. For example, the patron saint in Florence in St. John, or San Giovanni Battista. You can read more about the types of celebrations that happen on this day by clicking here.

Keep in mind, too, when consulting an Italian calendar, that when a religious festival or holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, Italians oftentimes fare il ponte (literally, to make a bridge), or make a four-day holiday, by taking off the intervening Monday or Friday.

Italian Holidays, Festivals, Feast Days

Below is a list of the Italian national holidays plus feast days for some of the major Italian cities and a representative sample of festivals:

January

1: Capodanno - New Year's Day

6: Epifania/La Befana - Epiphany

7: Giornata Nazionale della Bandiera - Flag Day, celebrated principally in Reggio nell'Emilia

February

3: - Patron saint of Doues

9: San Rinaldo - Patron saint of Nocera Umbra

14: Festa degli Innamorati - San Valentino

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Movable: Martedì Grasso (Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday)—part of

Movable: Mercoledì di Ceneri (Ash Wednesday)

March

8: La Festa della Donna - International Women's Day

16: San Ilario and San Taziano - Patron saints of Gorizia

19: Festa del Papà - San Giuseppe

19: San Proietto - Patron saint of Randazzo

Movable (can also occur in April): Domenica delle Palme - Palm Sunday

Movable (can also occur in April): Venerdì Santo - Good Friday

Movable (can also occur in April): Pasqua - Easter Sunday

Monday after Easter (can also occur in April): Pasquetta, Lunedì di Pasqua (Easter Monday)

April

1: - April Fool's Day

25: Festa della Liberazione - Liberation Day

25: - Patron saint of Venezia

May

1: Festa del Lavoro - May Day

June

2: Festa della Repubblica - Republic Day

24: San Giovanni Battista - Patron saint of Firenze

29: San Pietro and - Patron saints of Roma

July

10: San Paterniano - Patron saint of Grottammare

15: Santa Rosalia - Patron saint of Palermo

August

2: San Alessio - Patron saint of Sant'Alessio in Aspromonte

15: Ferragosto / Assunzione - Day of the Assumption

September

19: - Patron saint of Napoli

22: San Maurizio - Patron saint of Calasetta

October

4: San Petronio - Patron saint of Bologna

November

1: Ognissanti - All Saints Day

2: Il Giorno dei Morti - Day of the Dead

3: San Giusto - Patron saint of Trieste

11: - Patron saint of Foiano della Chiana

December

6: San Nicola - Patron saint of Bari

7: Sant'Ambrogio - Patron saint of Milano

8: Immacolata Concezione - Immaculate Conception

25: - Christmas

26: Santo Stefano - St. Stephen's Day

31: San Silvestro - St. Silvester's Day

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