Holidays & Festivities
LIVING ON ITALIAN TIME and NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
August is not a good month to travel in Italy - except resort destinations - usually companies close for holiday for 1 week up to 1 month and families are able to actually take longer holidays. In the major and tourist cities you will not see a lot of difference compared to other months except less traffic in the streets. Some shops will have a holiday closing sign with the closing dates.
Since most of Italians will be travelling toward resort destinations it will be also more difficult to find a room in a Hotel near the sea or in the mountains, especially on weekends.
For the other Festivity dates it is usually up to the owners - some bars will be open only in the mornings, services will be limited. Just consider that you will find total shut down in the suburbs, all touristic activities in downtowns are less likely to close to keep the business working.
The trend is changing, but it also depends on climate conditions.
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| 1st January || New Years / Capodanno |
| 6th January || Epiphany / Befana |
| April || Easter / Pasqua |
| April || Monday after Easter / Pasquetta |
| 25th April || Italy's Liberation Day / Festa della Liberazione |
| 1st May || May Day / Primo Maggio |
| 2nd June || Italian Republic Day / Festa della Repubblica |
| 24th June || Patron Saint of Florence / San Giovanni |
| 15th August || Ferragosto |
| 1st November || All Saints / Tutti Santi |
| 8th December || Immaculate Conception / Immacolata |
| 25th December || Christmas / Natale |
| 26th December || Saint Stephen / Santo Stefano |