Italy with its long Mediterranean coastline, has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s “David” and Brunelleschi’s Duomo; Venice, the city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.
Know before you go
Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Jan 1 Sunday New Year’s Day National holiday Jan 6 Friday Epiphany National holiday Mar 20 Monday March equinox Season Apr 14 Friday Good Friday Observance Apr 16 Sunday Easter Day National holiday Apr 17 Monday Easter Monday National holiday Apr 25 Tuesday Liberation Day National holiday Apr 25 Tuesday The Feast of St Mark Local holiday May 1 Monday Labor Day / May Day National holiday Jun 2 Friday Republic Day National holiday Jun 21 Wednesday June Solstice Season Jun 24 Saturday The Feast of St. John (Florence, Genoa, Turin) Local holiday Jun 29 Thursday The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (Rome) Local holiday Aug 15 Tuesday Assumption of Mary / Ferragosto National holiday Sep 19 Tuesday The Feast of Saint Januarius (Naples) Local holiday Sep 22 Friday September equinox Season Nov 1 Wednesday All Saints’ Day National holiday Dec 7 Thursday The Feast of St. Ambrose (Milan) Local holiday Dec 8 Friday Feast of the Immaculate Conception National holiday Dec 21 Thursday December Solstice Season Dec 25 Monday Christmas Day National holiday Dec 26 Tuesday St. Stephen’s Day National holiday Dec 31 Sunday New Year’s Eve Observance
Our museum recommendations by city
- Roman Forum
- Palatine Hill
- St Peter’s Basilica
- Vatican City
Italy is famous for its cuisine, fashion, art, sunny coasts, and is one of the most visited countries in the world.
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