On June 2, 1946, Italians voted to abolish the monarchy which supported Benito Mussolini’s rule. At about the same time, the royal family was removed from the area, and our beautiful Italy became a republic. We invite you to join us this year and every year on June 2 to celebrate Festa della Repubblica, and the fall of Fascism.
This is a great time to capitalize on our fabulous sightseeing tour of Rome via an open top bus, that includes a 48-hour hop on/hop off pass. Sights include the Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, and more!
Not only is it a day off from work, (YAY), it is also a day filled with parades, ceremonies and the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (with an eternal flame). That event takes place at the Alrare della Partia in Rome. In addition, Italian diplomats worldwide celebrate the occasion in embassies whatever their location.
Although you will find many towns in Italy, celebrating this day, the largest events will be in our magnificent eternal city of Rome. Of course, while there are many things to do and see, a stop at the Vatican Museums tops the list. We even offer a tour that includes lunch in this incredibly gorgeous and holy setting. Enjoy our special privately guided tour to soak up knowledge and insights into Vatican City.
If cooking is more to your liking, there is nothing better than a big, fat dish of fettuccine alfredo. So, learn how to properly prepare it, and then enjoy your creation for lunch!
You could also enjoy Rome Through Its Pasta Traditions: Roman Cooking Lesson. Learn some of the best Italian chef’s cooking secrets. Magnifico!
Finally, a few added tidbits about this annual summer holiday in Italy:
· Yes, it is very similar to July 4th in the United States.
· The date marks independence from 85 years of the monarchy under the House of Savoy, whose male descendants were exiled about the same time.
· Expect an exceptional firework display in the capital city of Rome.
· The military parade in Rome is presided over by the republic’s president and high state officers are also in attendance.
· The parade ends with a loud and joyful flyover by the Frecce Tricolori aerobatic team, using the colors of our Italian flag. Truly a moving and heartfelt tradition.
Giorno Felice di Indipendenza Italy!
(Happy Independence Day)