Republic Day in Italy
Republic Day, also known as Festa della Repubblica in Italian (Festival of the Republic), is a national holiday in Italy on June 2 each year. It celebrates the day when Italians voted to abolish the monarchy in 1946 so their country could become a republic.
What Do People Do?
Republic Day is a day off work for many people in Italy. Events include:
- Official ceremonies.
- Military parades.
- Laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, inside the Altare della Patria in Rome.
Outside Italy, many Italian diplomats in embassies celebrate this day worldwide.
Republic Day is a nationwide public holiday in Italy. Organizations and businesses that are closed include:
- Government offices.
- Post offices.
- Schools and other educational institutions.
Transport options, such as taxis, rail services between major cities and major long-route bus lines, are available but travelers are advised to check first with the local transport authorities.
On June 2, 1946, many Italians voted in a referendum to rid of the monarchy and for the country to become a republic. The public was hostile to the monarchy, which had supported Benito Mussolini’s rule. Around that time, the Italian royal family was also exiled from Italy.
Each year, a wreath is laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Republic Day. The tomb, which also has an eternal flame, was added to the one of Italy’s largest national monuments, Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland), on November 4, 1921. However, the tomb, which was designed by sculptor Alberto Sparapani, was not completed until 1924.
Republic Day Observances
|Wed||Jun 2||2010||Republic Day||National holiday|
|Thu||Jun 2||2011||Republic Day||National holiday|
|Sat||Jun 2||2012||Republic Day||National holiday|
|Sun||Jun 2||2013||Republic Day||National holiday|
|Mon||Jun 2||2014||Republic Day||National holiday|
|Tue||Jun 2||2015||Republic Day||National holiday|
|Thu||Jun 2||2016||Republic Day||National holiday|
|Fri||Jun 2||2017||Republic Day||National holiday|
|Sat||Jun 2||2018||Republic Day||National holiday|
|Sun||Jun 2||2019||Republic Day||National holiday|
|Tue||Jun 2||2020||Republic Day||National holiday|
Quick FactsItaly’s Republic Day is an annual public holiday on June 2 to commemorates the date Italians voted for their country end the monarchy and become a republic.
Republic Day 2016Thursday, June 2, 2016
Republic Day 2017Friday, June 2, 2017
Name in other languages
|Festa della Repubblica||Italian|
|Tag der Republik (Nationalfeiertag)||German|
Alternative nameFounding of the Republic
Other holidays in June 2016 in Italy
- The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin) – Friday, June 24, 2016
- The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome) – Wednesday, June 29, 2016