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Marymount - International School Rome

Italy marks National Unity and Armed Forces Day on 4 November

Frecce Tricolori jets to fly over Rome on 4 November.

Italy's president Sergio Mattarella will attend a ceremony at Rome’s Altare della Patria to mark national unity and the armed forces at 09.00 on Saturday 4 November.

The date of the annual Giorno dell'Unità nazionale e Giornata delle Forze Armate coincides with the anniversary of the armistice of Villa Giusti in 1918, which ended world war one on the Italian front.

The president will lay a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Piazza Venezia in honour of Italy’s war dead and casualties of international peacekeeping missions.

The ceremony will include a flypast by the Italian air force’s Frecce Tricolori jets which emit plumes of the three colours from the Italian flag.

The ceremony in Piazza Venezia will result in street closures, parking restrictions and traffic disruption in the surrounding area, for details check the capital's mobility website.

A parallel military event, planned at the Circus Maximus in Rome, was cancelled last week over security concerns in relation to the Middle East crisis.

Later on Saturday morning President Mattarella and defence minister Guido Crosetto will attend a military parade in Cagliari, on the island of Sardinia, to mark the national day which is not a public holiday in Italy.

This year, for the first time, Italy will mark the day by opening its state-run museums and archaeological sites for free.

Photo Wanted in Rome: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Altare della Patria, 28 October 2023.

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