Labour Day in Rome

Annual Primo Maggio concert in S. Giovanni

On 1 May every year Italy dedicates a public holiday to its workers. In Rome buses and trams will run from 08.30 to 13.00 and from 16.30 to 21.00, with regular night bus services either side of the holiday.

The city's metro lines will operate from 05.30 until 01.30, although the Manzoni and S. Giovanni stations on the A line will close by 15.00, coinciding with Piazza S. Giovanni's traditional May Day concert organised annually by the main Italian trades unions.

The ten-hour concertone features well-known Italian acts such as Piero Pelù, Rocco Hunt, Bandabardò and the Modena City Ramblers, as well as emerging bands Taran-project, Perturbazione, Brunori Sas, Enrico Capuano, P-Funking Band, Levante, and Alberto Bertoli. Pop, rap and rock music will be complemented by jazz with Stefano Di Battista and 50 saxophonists from the Conservatorio di S. Cecilia.

The area around Piazza S. Giovanni will be closed to traffic all day, leading to numerous bus deviations. Surrounding streets also affected include Via Amba Aradam, Via Merulana, Via Nola, Piazza S. Croce in Gerusalemme, Via S. Croce in Gerusalemme, Via Magnagrecia, Piazzale Appio, as well as a stretch of Via Appia and Via La Spezia.

The annual Primo Maggio Marathon starts and ends at Via Carlo Felice, from 09.30-11.00, and attracts up to 500 athletes each year.

For detailed traffic information including diverted bus routes see Muoversi a Roma website.

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