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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.

The Corazzieri (Italian president's guards) prepare for a Republic Day parade in Italy.
The Corazzieri (Italian president's guards) prepare for a Republic Day parade in Italy.

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.

Public Life

Republic Day is a nationwide public holiday in Italy. Organizations and businesses that are closed include:

  • Government offices.
  • Post offices.
  • Banks.
  • 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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
WedJun 22010Republic DayNational holiday
ThuJun 22011Republic DayNational holiday
SatJun 22012Republic DayNational holiday
SunJun 22013Republic DayNational holiday
MonJun 22014Republic DayNational holiday
TueJun 22015Republic DayNational holiday
ThuJun 22016Republic DayNational holiday
FriJun 22017Republic DayNational holiday
SatJun 22018Republic DayNational holiday
SunJun 22019Republic DayNational holiday
TueJun 22020Republic DayNational holiday

Quick Facts

Italy’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 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Republic Day 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017


Name in other languages

Festa della RepubblicaItalian
Republic DayEnglish
Tag der Republik (Nationalfeiertag)German

Alternative name

Founding of the Republic

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in June 2016 in Italy

Fun Holiday on June 2, 2016

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