On celebration days, banks and most shops are closed even though it may be the main tourist season. You can find some shops or restaurants open, but public transportation runs on a holiday schedule.Most tourist sites and museums close on Christmas and New Year’s Day, and some are closed on Easter, May 1st or other holidays. Check out what is open and shut before you travel to a tourist site, so you are not disappointed with a closure.
January 1st, 2016, Friday is New Year’s Day or Capodanno. Most shops and attractions close, but there will be special events happening in Rome and Venice.
January 6th, 2016, Wednesday is Epiphany
Epiphany marks the end of the Christmas season and this day children get presents or sweets from La Befana. In Vatican City hundreds of people in medieval costumes carry symbolic gifts for the Pope, who rewards them by pronouncing a blessing.
March 27th, 2016, Sunday is Easter Sunday
The date varies for Easter Sunday, but this is a day notable for its public mass pronounced by the Pope in Saint Peter’s Basilica. Florence marks this day with Scoppio del Carro or an explosion of a cart.
March 28th, 2016, Monday is Easter Monday
The day after Easter Sunday or Easter Sunday or La Pasquetta is a day to have a picnic. You can also attend concerts, cheese-rolling games or dances. Museums and major tourist attractions are open.
April 25th, 2016, Monday is Liberation Day
Festa della Liberazione commemorates the end of WWII in Italy. It is a national holiday with historic re-enactments, celebrations, and ceremonies. Major tourist sites and museums are open, and you can find wonderful fairs, concerts, food festival and special events in outlying towns. April 25 is also the day of Venice’ patron saint. There will be processions and other festivities in Saint Mark’s Square, Venice.
May 1st, 2016, Sunday is Labor Day
There are festivals, parades, and special happenings. The Uffizi Gallery and Naples Archeology Museum close on May 1st, and tourist destinations are extremely crowded.
June 2nd, 2016, Thursday is Republic Day
The Festa della Repubblica celebrates the birth of the Italian Republic. Major sites and attractions are open, and you will find concerts, parades in the streets of Italian cities. There is a major parade in Rome. The Italian president presides, and military bands play music in the gardens.
August 15th, 2016 Monday is celebrated Assumption Day or Ferragosta
This is the traditional start of the vacation period. You will probably find restaurants and shops closed in major cities, but museums will stay open. The beaches are very crowded with vacationing Italians.
November 1st, 2016, Tuesday is All Saint’s Day
This day honours all the saints and celebrates with a huge mass. On November 2nd, All Soul’s Day Italians place flowers on the tombs of their ancestors.
December 8th, 2016, Thursday happens Immaculate Conception
This is a holiday announcing the start of Italy’s winter holiday season. Christmas markets set December 8th as an opening day.
December 25th, 2016, Sunday is Christmas Day
It usually spent on family and huge meals are prepared. Churches hold midnight mass on Christmas Eve, and nativity pageants are in abundance. Just about everything will be closed.
December 26th, 2016, Monday is St. Stephan’s Day
This is a public holiday, and most banks and shops are closed. If you are a tourist, you will find, however, that tourist sites and museums are open.
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