Holidays in Rome · Holiday calendar 2018

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 2018

Monday 1 January: New Year

Saturday 6 January: Epiphany – there is “La Befana”, the witch

Saturday 10 February: Carnival in Rome – working day

Friday 16 February: Chinese New Year – working day. However, the celebration of the Chinese New Year in Rome in the city center will take place on the 10th of February.

Monday 19 March: St. Joseph – father’s day. This is a normal working day

25 March: Palm Sunday

30 March: Good Friday – working day

01 April: Easter

02 April: Easter Monday – “Pasquetta” a classic day for trips and family visits

Saturday 21 April: Rome birthday – normal working day

Wednesday 25 April: anniversary of the liberation from fascism – national holiday

Tuesday 1 May: Labour – day national holiday

13 May (2nd sunday in May): mother’s day

Saturday 2 June: Day of the Republic – national holiday

Friday 29 June: Peter and Paul – Feast of the patron saints of Rome – local holiday

Wednesday 15 August: Ferragosto – Maria Ascension Day – national holiday and key point of summer vacation time

Thursday 1 November: All Saints

Saturday 8 December: Maria conception – national holiday

Tuesday 25 December: Christmas – national holiday

Wednesday 26 December: St. Stephen’s day – national holiday

Monday 31 December: 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
  • 19 March
  • Easter Monday
  • 1 Mai
  • 29 June
  • 14 + 15 August
  • 1 November
  • 8 December

Calendar of Holy Papal masses, Angelus and audiences


  Source: German pilgrims centre Rome