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On the agenda: What’s happening in Italy this week

From mafia victims remembrance day to celebrations for the Florentine New Year, here's what to expect in Italy this week.

On the agenda: What’s happening in Italy this week
Florence residents will ring in the Florentine New Year on Saturday, March 25th. (Photo by CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI / AFP)


Start of spring

The spring equinox, which falls on March 20th this year, will mark the first day of astronomical spring in the northern hemisphere.

After the equinox – which, scientifically speaking, is the moment when the sun appears directly above the earth’s equator – daylight will gradually increase up until the summer solstice on June 21st.


Mafia victims remembrance day

Italy will commemorate the victims of mafia crimes on Tuesday, March 21st, which is known as National Remembrance Day for Innocent Mafia Victims (Giornata della Memoria delle Vittime Innocenti delle Mafie).

Anti-mafia organisation Libera created the event back in 1996, but it was only officially recognised by the Italian state in 2017. 

READ ALSO: ‘Very violent’: How Italy’s youngest mafia is terrorising the Puglia region

March held in memory of mafia victims

Italy will commemorate the victims of mafia crimes on Tuesday, March 21st. Photo by Damien MEYER / AFP

The day is not a national holiday, meaning public institutions and schools will remain open, but a number of events paying homage to mafia victims will take place around the country.

A march followed by guest talks and seminars on the history of the mafia will take place in Milan – the ‘capital’ of this year’s Remembrance Day – on Tuesday morning.


Surrealism in Milan

An exhibition exploring the relationship between surrealism and non-western cultures will open at Milan’s Mudec Museum on Wednesday, March 22nd. 

The show, titled ‘Dalì, Magritt, Man Ray and Surrealism’, will display over 180 items, including some lesser-known artworks and historical documents, that are expressive of the cultural syncretism lying at the heart of surrealist art. 

READ ALSO: Metro, bus or tram: How to use Milan’s public transport

The exhibition will remain open to the public until late July. Tickets can be bought here.


European Gelato Day

Friday, March 24th will be Europe’s Artisanal Gelato Day.

The event, which was first launched back in 2012, is to this day the only food-related recurrence recognised by the European parliament. 

Austria’s very own apfelstrudel ice cream will be the centrepiece this year, with gelato makers from all around Europe having a crack at producing the strudel-flavoured delicacy. The flavour will be on offer at artisanal gelaterie in Italy.

Gelato makers in Italy

The 11th edition of the European Artisanal Gelato Day will take place on Friday, March 24th. Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP


Florentine New Year

Florence residents will be ringing in the Florentine New Year on Saturday, March 25th.

The Tuscan city marked the official start of its calendar year on March 25th – the day of the Annunciation of the Lord according to Catholic tradition – from the early Middle Ages right up to 1749, when it switched to the Gregorian calendar by order of Grand Duke Francis II.

 Florence residents have carried on holding celebrations on the day through the centuries, with the former capodanno being a beloved cultural event to this very day.

READ ALSO: What are the best Florence neighbourhoods for international residents?

As usual, this year’s celebration will be marked by a costume parade starting in Piazza di Parte Guelfa and ending before the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata, where a solemn ceremony will be held.

A wealth of events (special art exhibitions, guest talks, conferences and so on) will take place in the days preceding and following March 25th. You can find out more about those here.


Clocks go forward

Italy will make the switch to Daylight Savings Time (also known as summer time, or ora legale in Italian) in the early hours of Sunday, March 26th.

READ ALSO: Whatever happened to the EU plan to ditch the changing of the clocks?

Clocks will jump forward by one hour at 2am, meaning a lost hour of sleep that night but one more hour of sunlight from then on.

While the EU voted in 2019 to scrap Daylight Savings Time (DST) by 2021, Covid, Brexit and an intra-EU stalemate all delayed the move, which means the switch will go ahead once again this March for all EU states.

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On the agenda: What’s happening in Italy this week

From another strike affecting air travel to a public holiday, here’s what to expect in Italy this week.

On the agenda: What’s happening in Italy this week


More bad weather on the way?

Summer seems to have arrived at last for most parts of Italy, but an interruption to these balmy conditions is on the way in many areas according to the latest forecasts.

Rain is expected from Monday morning in northwestern regions (Piedmont, Liguria, Aosta Valley and some areas of Lombardy)

Showers and perhaps storms are then expected later in the day for areas along the Tyrrhenian coast (parts of Lazio, Campania, Calabria and southern Tuscany) and the islands, Sicily and Sardinia, in the afternoon.

Wet conditions are expected to linger in the coming days, but should hopefully clear up before the start of the long weekend.


President Mattarella visits flood-hit areas

Italian President Sergio Mattarella will make an official visit to the northeastern Emilia Romagna region on Tuesday, May 30th after devastating floods killed 14 people, displaced tens of thousands and left large swathes of land submerged in mid-May.

READ ALSO: How you can help people affected by flooding in northern Italy

The castle and flooded streets in the town of Lugo, near Ravenna, on May 18, 2023, after flooding across Italy’s northern Emilia Romagna region. (Photo by Federico SCOPPA / AFP)

Martin Scorsese and world-class screenings in Rome

American director Martin Scorsese will be in Rome on Tuesday, May 30th to present Carte Blanche, a collection of five critically acclaimed titles from his extensive filmography.

The event will take place at the outdoor Ettore Scola Theatre in Villa Borghese at 9pm and will be followed by a screening of Mean Streets, one of Scorsese’s best-known works. Entry will be free of charge. 

READ ALSO: Eight things you can do in Rome for free

The entire Carte Blanche collection will be screened at the Ettore Scola Theatre from Monday, May 29th to Sunday, June 4th.

Info on show times and tickets can be found here.


Roma faces Sevilla in Europa League final

AS Roma will take on Spanish side Sevilla on Wednesday, May 31st in the final act of this year’s UEFA Europa League, the second-most prestigious European football competition after the Champions League.

After winning the UEFA Conference League last year, Jose Mourinho’s team will now try to secure another European title in Wednesday’s Budapest showdown.

The match will be screened on Rai1 (channel 1 on Italian TV), with kickoff scheduled for 9pm.

Rome residents can expect city-wide celebrations and late-night parties if the giallorossi win.

Venice Boat Show

TheSalone Nautico, one of Italy’s biggest boating fairs, will return to Venice on Wednesday, May 31st.

The six-day event showcases some 300 vessels from Italy and abroad within the confines of the iconic Arsenale, a complex of former military shipyards repurposed as a large-scale exhibition space.

Tickets are 15 euros each and can be bought here.


Public holiday

June 2nd is Italy’s Republic Day, or Festa della Repubblica, a national public holiday commemorating the day in 1946 when Italians voted to abolish the monarchy in favour of the current constitutional republic.

This year it’s also the start of a three-day weekend for many, as it conveniently falls on a Friday.

READ ALSO: What to expect on Italy’s Republic Day 2023

The extra day off work is traditionally an opportunity to go to the beach, so expect so see plenty of picnic bags and ombrelloni if the weather permits it.

But those aren’t the only things you may come across on June 2nd. From official celebrations to shop closures and reduced public transport, you can find out more about what happens on Republic Day here.


Airport staff strike

Airline passengers travelling to or from Italy are once set to face disruption on Sunday, June 4th as handling staff at airports around the country plan to take part in a 24-hour walkout.

As at least four of Italy’s largest transport workers’ unions are involved in the strike, the protest is expected to cause at least some disruption at all of Italy’s major airports, especially at check-in desks and baggage collection points.

Staff from several airlines, including Volotea, American Airlines and Emirates, are also set to hold separate protests on this date, which may result in significant flight delays or cancellations.

You can find out more about the strike here.

Free museum openings

People all around Italy will be able to visit museums and archaeological sites free of charge on Sunday, June 4th under the popular Domenica al Museo or ‘free museum Sundays’ scheme.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about Italy’s free museum Sundays

The scheme applies to hundreds of state-run sites, including world-famous attractions the like the Colosseum, Pompeii, Florence’s Galleria dell’Accademia, the Reggia di Caserta and Trieste’s Miramare Castle.

Find more information about how it works in our article HERE.