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Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

We currently have public holidays for 2016 and 2017 listed. Scroll down to view.

The Southern European nation of Italy currently celebrates 11 national holidays. Public holidays in Italy are determined primarily by two Acts of parliament as well as by collective and individual employment agreements. Act 260/1949 and Act 50/1954 created four national public holidays as well as 11 other holidays.

The Labour Laws of Italy require that all employers provide their employees with a paid day off for nationally recognised holidays. If the employee is required to work on a national holiday, they are required to receive a pay rate of double their current salary for every hour worked on that date.

Italy also celebrates regional holidays. Every major city in Italy closes for their patron saint day. These are nationally recognised holidays in those areas and employers are required to provide a paid day off for those dates. Smaller towns generally celebrate the patron saint day of the closest large city.

Many businesses also recognise “Eve” dates for certain holidays. These businesses, banks and government offices often close by 1:00 pm on the eve of major holidays. This is not required by law but is a tradition. Employers are not required to provide any additional pay for hours not worked on eve celebrations.

Austerity measures in recent years has caused the government to change its opinion on moving holidays that fall on a Sunday to the following Monday. The law, however, has not been officially changed and the government continues to have the right to move a holiday to the next following workday if it so chooses.

Provincial and Religious Holidays

Different areas of Italy may celebrate additional feast days or holidays. Many areas of Italy view each Sunday as a religious holiday. The area of Rome also celebrates many additional religious holidays. The government of Italy recognises these provincial and religious holidays but does not officially recognise them as national holidays. Employers are only required to provide paid days off for nationally recognised public holidays.

Public Holidays 2016

1 JanFriNew Year’s Day
6 JanWedEpiphany
27 MarSunEaster Sunday
28 MarMonEaster Monday
25 AprMonLiberation Day
1 MaySunInternational Workers' Day
2 JunThuRepublic Day
15 AugMonAssumption Day
1 NovTueAll Saints' Day
8 DecThuImmaculate Conception
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMonSt Stephen's Day

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year’s Day
6 JanFriEpiphany
16 AprSunEaster Sunday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
25 AprTueLiberation Day
1 MayMonInternational Workers' Day
2 JunFriRepublic Day
15 AugTueAssumption Day
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
8 DecFriImmaculate Conception
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueSt Stephen's Day