Festa della Repubblica in Rome

Highlight of national celebrations is Frecce Tricolori aeronautical display in Rome.

The 71st celebration of the Festa della Repubblica marking Italy’s national day takes place in Rome and across Italy on Friday 2 June.

The public holiday is held in commemoration of the day in 1946 when Italians voted in favour of a republic and against the monarchy which had been discredited during world war two.

The annual event results in the closure of schools and offices in Italy, and this year will result in a long weekend for many workers.

Ceremonies in Rome begin on 1 June, the day before the main event, with the solemn changing of the guard at the Quirinale palace at 15.30.

At 09.15 on 2 June Italy's president Sergio Mattarella will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Piazza Venezia. This is followed by a military inspection at 10.00 between Via S. Gregorio and Viale delle Terme di Caracalla. A major military parade comprising thousands of members of the state’s army, navy, police forces and the foresty corp, takes place along Via dei Fori Imperiali between 11.00 and midday.

Frecce Tricolori. Photo La Presse.
Frecce Tricolori. Photo La Presse.

A highlight of the parade is the Frecce Tricolori, a popular aeronautical display featuring a series of fighter jets flying in formation over the Colosseum, emitting plumes of the three colours from the Italian flag.

Another annual novelty on 2 June is the opening of the gardens at Palazzo Quirinale, free of charge, from 15.00-19.00.

On the day of the parade, several streets in the vicinity of the Colosseum and Campidoglio will be closed, with traffic restrictions beginning the night before. The Colosseo and Circo Massimo stations on the Metro B line will also be closed on 2 June.

For full event details see the Festa della Repubblica website while for more on the transport situation see the Muoversi a Roma website.

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