It’s always interesting to find out the public holidays of the place you’re travelling to beforehand. This allows you to make the most of holidays, and also gives you an idea of when museums and other places of interest are closed.
New Year's: 1 January.
Epiphany: 6 January. On this day, the witch Befana brings gifts and sweets to the good children and coal to those who have been bad.
Maundy Thursday: (date varies).
Easter Monday: First Monday after Easter.
Liberation Day: 25 April. Celebrates the end of the Nazi occupation in Italy and the fall of Mussolini's Social Republic.
Labour Day: 1 May.
Republic Day: 2 June. Commemorates the day in which the Italians voted to abolish the Monarchy and the country became a republic in 1946.
Ferragosto (Assumption of Mary): 15 August.
All Saints’ Day: 1 November.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception: 8 December.
Christmas Day: 25 December.
Giorno di Santo Stefano (St. Stephen’s Day): 26 December.