On this page: Holidays in Rome; Calendar of Holy Papal masses, angelus and audiences; Opening hours of shops and museums for the holidays.
In 1977, the abolition of several church holidays was agreed at that time between the entrepreneurs and the communist trade unions, in order to avoid the multiplicity of bridge days with corresponding production interruptions.
Many of these holidays have fallen into oblivion in Italy, especially the Pentecost, after Pentecost Monday was abolished as a holiday.
Rome holiday calendar 2019
14 April, 2019: Palm Sunday
19 April, 2019: Good Friday – working day
21 April, 2019: Easter
Sunday 21 April, 2019: Rome birthday
22 April, 2019: Easter Monday – “Pasquetta” a classic day for trips and family visits. The Vatican Museums are closed.
Thursday 25 April, 2019: anniversary of the liberation from fascism – national holiday
Wednesday 1 May, 2019: Labour – day national holiday. The Vatican Museums and the museums of the municipality of Rome are closed.
12 May, 2019 (2nd sunday in May): mother’s day
Sunday 2 June, 2019: Day of the Republic – national holiday
Sunday 9 June, 2019: Pentecost
Friday 21 June, 2019: 25th festival of music
Saturday 29 June, 2019: Peter and Paul – Feast of the patron saints of Rome – local holiday
Thursday 15 August, 2019: Ferragosto – Maria Ascension Day – national holiday and key point of summer vacation time. The Vatican Museums are closed the 14th and 15th August.
Friday 1 November, 2019: All Saints. The Vatican Museums are closed.
Sunday 8 December, 2019: Maria conception – national holiday
Wednesday 25 December, 2019: Christmas – national holiday. All museums are closed.
Thursday 26 December, 2019: St. Stephen’s day – national holiday. The Vatican Museums are closed.
Tuesday 31 December, 2019: New Years Eve – working day
Shop opening at holidays
Most of the shops in the city center and the shopping malls are open seven days a week.
Most shops are closed on
1 January, 25 April, 2 June, 29 June, 15 August, 25 and 26 December
Museums opening at holidays
The Roman museums are closed on the 1st January, at 1st of May and on 25th December.
The Vatican museums are closed at
- Sunday except the last Sunday of the month
- 6 January
- 11 February
- 19 March
- Easter Monday
- 1 Mai
- 29 June
- 14 + 15 August
- 1 November
- 8 December
- 25+26 December
Calendar of Holy Papal masses, Angelus and audiences
Source: German pilgrims centre Rome
Rome holiday calendar 2020
Wednesday 1 January, 2020: New Year. All museums are closed.
Monday 6 January, 2020: Epiphany, public holiday – in the Italian tradition, on this day comes “La Befana”, the witch, and brings the gifts to the children
Saturday 25 January, 2010: Chinese New Year – working day. All information about the Chinese New Year events
Friday 14 February, 2020: Saint Valentine – working day
Saturday 22 February, 2020: Carnival in Rome – working day
Thursday 19 March, 2020: St. Joseph – father’s day. This is a normal working day. The Vatican Museums are closed.