Holidays in Rome

Public holidays in Rome · Holiday calendar 2023/24

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.

Holiday calendar

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

Shop opening

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.


Roman National Museums, such as the Colosseum and Castel Sant’Angelo, are closed on January 1st and December 25th.

The municipal museums, such as the Capitoline Museums, the Trajan markets and the Centrale Montemartini, are also closed on May 1st.

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The Vatican museums are closed on

Sunday except the last Sunday of the month, 6 January, 11 February, 19 March. Easter Monday, 1 Mai, 29 June, 15 + 16 August, 1 November, 8 December, 25+26 December.

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Source: Deutsches Pilgerzentrum Rom