Festa della Repubblica: Let’s Celebrate The Italian Republic
Do you understand what Festa della Repubblica means?
The Festa della Repubblica is an important Italian national holiday celebrated on the 2nd June.
Literally it means “Republic celebration” and it was estabilished to remember the birth of the Italian Republic.
The 2nd June has not been chosen by chance: it is the date of the national referendum which took place in 1946.
In that day the majority of Italians voted for the Republic and the monarchy ended after only 85 years.
In the Italian history, the 2nd June 1946 was an important turning point and the start of the modern country.
This is why every year many official celebrations take place around Italy.
Where do people celebrate?
Roma is definitely the most symbolic place.
Every year there is a military parade along Fori Imperiali Road.
Besides, a laurel crown is laid down in front of the monument dedicated to the Unknown Soldier, the symbol of all the soldiers killed in war.
This year, in the afternoon, it will be also possible to visit the Giardini del Quirinale (Gardens of Quirinale) and listen to live music played by military bands.
Apart from the official ceremonies, there is a lot to do around Italy!
In Milano and Napoli you can enjoy free entry in many fantastic museum around the city.
In Bari and surroundings there are several events.
For example, the Red Bull Cliff Diving in Polignano a Mare is a great one!
In the same area, if you want to immerse yourself in the local culture and gastronomy there is the Festa delle Ciliegie (Cherry Festival) in Conversano.
In Torino don’t miss the free concert for the Festa della Repubblica at the Conservatory.
In Firenze you can walk through the 300 stands of the Fiera di Primavera (Spring Fair), where you can also taste delicious local specialties.
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