2 June marks the 63rd anniversary of the Italian Republic, a public holiday during which most shops and offices will be closed.

The capital marks the holiday with a military parade in Via dei Fori Imperiali between 10.00 and 12.00. Presided over by the president of the republic, Giorgio Napolitano, the parade will also be attended by prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, speaker of the chamber of deputies Gianfranco Fini and speaker of the senate Renato Schifani.

The parade traditionally culminates with an aerial display by the Italian air force