Category Archives: Life in Italy

Easter Monday in Italy: Pasquetta

With the Vatican just down the road, Easter Sunday is a big deal in Rome. However, Easter Monday in Italy is also a national holiday known as Pasquetta (little Easter). The formal name for Easter Monday in Italy is actually Lunedì dell’Angelo. In the Catholic calendar, this Monday holiday recalls the meeting between the women who […]

Italian Father’s Day: March 19 (St. Joseph’s Day)

Rather than move around the calendar to a convenient June Sunday, Italian Father’s Day is always celebrated on March 19th. This is because Father’s Day in Italy coincides with the Festa di San Giuseppe – or the Catholic feast day in honor of St. Joseph. That would be Joseph, as in Mary and Joseph – […]

Festa della Donna: Italy’s March 8th Holiday for International Women’s Day

I was honestly not aware that there was such a thing as International Women’s Day until I moved to Rome. In Italy, March 8th is a holiday celebrated as festa della donna. While it is not a holiday that shuts down businesses or schools, it is pretty impossible to miss festa della donna. On March […]

Italy’s January 6 Holiday: The Epiphany and La Befana

The Christmas season doesn’t really end until Italy’s January 6 holiday – L’epifania, or the Epiphany. But more colloquially, Italy’s January 6 holiday is known as La Befana. The Epiphany is a religious holiday which has become a national holiday in Italy. That means that businesses, schools and governments offices will all close to observe […]