Holidays in Rome are a mix of church and state holidays. In addition, there is the Founding Day of Rome and the feast of the city’s patron saints.
In 1977, the abolition of several church holidays was agreed at that time between the entrepreneurs and the communist trade unions, in order to avoid the multiplicity of bridge days with corresponding production interruptions.
Many of these holidays have fallen into oblivion in Italy, especially the Pentecost, when Pentecost Monday was abolished as a holiday.
Tuesday 15 August: Ferragosto – Maria Ascension Day – national holiday and key point of summer vacation time. The Vatican Museums are closed the 15th and 16th August.
1 November: All Saints. The Vatican Museums are closed.
Saturday 4 November 2023: National Unity and Armed Forces Day – normal working day. Ceremonies in the morning at the Victorianum with flyover of the aerobatic team Frecce Tricolore
Friday 8 December, 2023: Maria conception – national holiday
Monday 25 December, 2023: Christmas – national holiday. All museums are closed.
Tuesday 26 December, 2023: St. Stephen’s day – national holiday. The Vatican Museums are closed.
Sunday 31 December, 2023: New Years Eve – working day
Monday 1 January, 2024: New Year. City museums and national museums are closed
Saturday 6 January, 2024: Epiphany, public holiday, the Vatican Museums are closed – in the Italian tradition, on this day comes “La Befana”, the witch, and brings the gifts to the children
Saturday 10 February, 2024: Chinese New Year. All information about the Chinese New Year events in Rome
Saturday 10 February: Carnival in Rome – working day
Wednesday 14 February: Saint Valentine
Monday 19 March: St. Joseph – father’s day. This is a normal working day. The Vatican Museums are closed.
24 March, 2024: Palm Sunday
29 March, 2024: Good Friday – working day
31 March, 2024: Easter
1 April, 2024: Easter Monday – “Pasquetta” a classic day for trips and family visits. The Vatican Museums are closed.
Sunday 21 April: Rome birthday – Day of the foundation of Rome
Thursday 25 April, 2024: anniversary of the liberation from fascism – national holiday
Wednesday 1 May, 2024: Labour – day national holiday. The Vatican Museums and the museums of the municipality of Rome are closed. May concert
12 May, 2024 (2nd sunday in May): mother’s day
Sunday 19 May, 2024: Pentecost
Sunday 2 June, 2024 Day of the Republic – national holiday
Saturday 29 June, 2024: Peter and Paul – Feast of the patron saints of Rome – local holiday
Most of the city center shops and malls are open seven days a week.
Most shops are closed on
January 1, April 25, June 2, June 29, August 15, December 25 and 26. Most grocery stores are also closed on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.
Pope Masses, Angelus Prayers and Audiences
Source: Deutsches Pilgerzentrum Rom