This year the 25 April Liberation Day national holiday in Italy falls on a Sunday but shops in Rome and Milan, which would normally be shut, have permission to stay open to make the most of the holiday tourists. Museums will also be open free of charge as it is the last day of the Settimana dei Beni Culturali (culture week).

The national holiday celebrates the liberation of Italy from Nazi occupation and fascist rule at the end of world war two and as usual the president of the republic, Giorgio Napolitano, will lay a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Vittorio Emanuele monument in Rome