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Bank Holidays 2016 in Italy

Please note that on the following bank holidays considerably more traffic and crowds at museums and sights are to be expected. We advise you to take possible delays into consideration when planning your trips to Italy.

January  1

New Year’s Day

January 6


March 27./28.


April 25

Liberation Day

 May 1

Labor Day

June 2

Republic Day

August 15

Assumption of Mary / Ferragosto

November 1

All Saint’s Day

December 8

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

December 25./26.


Patron Saints

In honor of some important patron saints there are additional local holidays:

April 25  - Venice

The Feast of St. Mark

June 24 - Florence, Genoa, Turin

The Feast of St. John

June 29 - Rome

Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul

July 2 - Siena

Palio di Siena Horse Race

July 15 - Palermo

The Feast of St. Rosalia

 August 16 - Siena

Palio di Siena Horse Race

September 19  - Neapel

Feast of St. Januarius

October 4 - Bologna

The Feast of St. Petronius

November 3 - Triest

The Feast of St. Justus

December 6 - Bari

The Feast of St. Nicholas

December 7 -  Mailand

The Feast of St. Ambrose

UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites in Italy

  • Rock Carvings in the Val Camonica in Lombardy
  • Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” in Milan
  • Historic Centre of Rome, San Paolo Fuori le Mura, and Vatican City
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • Piazza del Duomo, Pisa
  • Historic Centre of San Gimignano
  • The Rock Architecture of the Sassi di Matera
  • Vicenza and the Villas of the Architect Palladio
  • Historic Centres of Siena, Naples, Urbino, and Pienza
  • Ferrara: City of the Renaissance
  • Castel del Monte
  • Royal Palace in Caserta
  • Botanical Garden in Padua
  • Archaeological sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Torre Annunziata
  • Crespi d’Adda: typical working village from the 19th and early 20th centuries
  • ‘Trulli’: rounded buildings of Alberobello
  • Early Christian Monuments and Mosaics in Ravenna
  • Residences of the Royal House of Savoy in Turin and surroundings
  • Cathedral, Torre Civica, and Piazza Grande in Modena
  • Roman Villa of Casale (in Sicily) with its mosaics
  • Nuraghi: Bronze Age Towers at Barumini in Sardinia
  • Cultural Landscapes of Portovenere and Cinque Terre
  • Archaeological site in Agrigento
  • Cilento National Park in Val di Diano with Paestum, Velia, and Certosa di Padula
  • Archaeological site and Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia
  • Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli in Lazio, Rome
  • The Basilica of San Francesco of Assisi and other memorial sites of St. Francis
  • Historic district of Verona
  • Villa d’Este in Tivoli in Lazio, Rome
  • Late Baroque towns of Val di Noto on Sicily
  • Sacri Monti (‘Holy Mountains‘) in Piedmont and Lombardy
  • Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia in Lazio, Rome
  • Val d’Orcia in Tuscany
  • Syracuse and the Necropolis of Pantalica on Sicily
  • Le Strade Nuove and Palazzi dei Rolli in Genoa
  • Mantua and Sabbioneta
  • The Bernina Railway of the Rhaetian Railway (together with Switzerland)
  • Dolomites in South Tyrol and in the provinces of Trent and Belluno
  • The Langobards in Italy, Places of Power (568 to 774 AD)
  • Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps

Introduction of Tourist Taxes

In many locations all over Italy a tourist tax that corresponds to the hotel star rating has been introduced. Tariffs vary from one place to another and may be applied only for a certain number of days. The tourist tax should be paid directly at the hotel and therefore cannot be included in our tour packages. The list of the Italian towns and cities applying the tourist tax is constantly increasing, the rates of the tax, being determined by cities' governments are also subjects to change. Please find a detailed breakdown of the tourist taxes in all our destinations here.

Hotels in Italy

A lack of understanding about Italian accommodation can lead to unreasonably discontented travellers. Since foreign guests tend to expect more facilities than hotels actually feature, we advise to always keep in mind that travelling in a foreign country also means adjusting to different standards.

Air Conditioning
Many hotels in Italy do have air conditioning although it probably will be turned on only for the season as Italian law states AC can be provided only at certain dates which is like wise true for the heating. Many AC only work while you are in the room (a place to insert your keycard for electricity/ac) and some hotels turn it off at night.

The traditional Italian breakfast typically consists of an espresso, cappuccino or caffè latte accompanied by something sweet to eat and therefore differs from the one a traveller usually expects. Although the hotels we have chosen for you strive to meet the requirements of their foreign guests some may not serve a very elaborate breakfast.

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees posted on this website or mentioned in our brochures may be subject to change. However, we aim to update all information on a regular basis.


Museums usually close on Mondays.
Every first Sunday of the month state museums are free for everyone as part of an initiative to encourage people to take more of an interest in the arts. Please be aware that this will likely mean a very busy day at the museum.
Everyone under 18 years old enters Italian State museums for free.