Liberation Day in Rome

City celebrates 70th anniversary of liberation.

On 25 April Italy celebrates the 70th Festa della Liberazione which marks the country’s liberation from German occupation and fascist rule at the end of world war two.

A public holiday across Italy, all state schools and offices are closed on Saturday 25 April, as well as many shops.

From 10.30 until 13.00, supporters of the Associazione Nazionale Partigiani d’Italia (ANPI) will gather at Piazza di Porta S. Paolo, in the Ostiense district, resulting in bus detours and a parking ban in the area that morning.

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Later that day, from 17.00-20.00, the city is holding La storia più bella, an evening of music and words, at the Campidoglio. This year's event is dedicated to "two figures of great importance for our city", both recently deceased: Massimo Rendina, partisan commander and later president of ANPI; and Elio Toaff, the former chief rabbi of Rome for over 50 years, who died on 19 April.

The liberation is also marked in other districts of the city including Pigneto, which celebrates from midday until midnight on 25 April, with the 14th edition of the festival Pigneto, Quartiere in Festa.

Separately, on 25 and 26 April, the 70th Gran premio ciclistico della Liberazione cycle race begins and ends at the Baths of Caracalla, causing several bus detours in the area.

For full transport details see the Muoversi a Roma website.