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Public Italian Holidays for 2014 and When Not to Visit Italy

Italy may be fine to visit all year around, but there are times not to visit Italy as during official public holidays the whole of Italy seems to be on the move. The roads are packed, motorways crawl to a snail's pace and you will find many shops and restaurants close as they too join the lemmings to the coast.

Ferragosto or Assumption Holiday, is the peak holiday time in Italy, falling on the 15th August, and traditionally you will find that many Italian businesses close during the month of August and this is a torrid time to try and find decent accommodation at a fair price.

Although the weather in Italy is lovely during August, it really is a month to avoid while traveling to Italy, if at all possible.

Here are the Public Holidays in Italy for 2014

Wednesday 01/01/2014 New Year
Monday 06/01/2014 Epiphany
Tuesday 11/02/2014 Lateran Pacts
Wednesday 19/03/2014 Saint Joseph
Wednesday 19/03/2014 Father's Day
Sunday 20/04/2014 Easter
Monday 21/04/2014 Easter Monday
Friday 25/04/2014 Liberation Day Italy
Thursday 01/05/2014 Labor Day
Monday 02/06/2014 Republic Day Italy
Sunday 29/06/2014 Saint Peter & Saint Paul
Friday 15/08/2014 Assumption of Mary
Saturday 01/11/2014 All Saints
Sunday 02/11/2014 All Soul's
Tuesday 04/11/2014 National Unity Day Italy
Monday 08/12/2014 Immaculate Conception
Thursday 25/12/2014 Christmas
Friday 26/12/2014 St. Stephen's Day

The Core Public Holidays in Italy throughout the Country are:

  • 1st and 6th January
  • Easter Sunday and Monday
  • 25th April (Liberation Day)
  • 1st May
  • 15th August
  • 1st November
  • 8th December
  • 25th and 26th December

There are also Feast Days for various Saints that take place in the following Cities:

  • Venice - 25th April (St. Mark)
  • Florence -  24th June (St. John)
  • Genoa -  24th June (St. John)
  • Turin -  24th June (St. John)
  • Rome - 29th June (St. Peter)
  • Palermo - 11th July (St. Rosalia)
  • Naples - 19th September (St. Gennaro)
  • Bologna - 4th October (St. Petronio)
  • Milan - 7th December (St. Ambrose)

How much Does it Cost to Stay in Italy Per Day?

Use our travel cost calculator which gives you a daily budget of daily travel costs for Italy. Included are your meals and accommodation, but not spending money.


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