A national commemoration to the birth of Republic Italy
Directly translating to English as ‘The Festival of the Republic’, every year on the 2nd of June Italians celebrate their origins as a republic after World War II. The festival is an annual celebration of the declaration of the Italian Republic after the liberation from the monarchic House of Savoy.
In Rome, a military parade is led by the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and President of the Italian Republic, a tradition which began at the first festival in 1948. A number of heads of state are typically present at the festival, from the Prime Minister to other high officers.
As part of the ceremony, a wreath is placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at the Altare della Patria. Although the ceremony is held in the capital, the entire nation considers the festival a celebration of the birth of modern Italy.
Musical performances occur throughout the day from the bands of the Italian Army, Navy and Air Force, who also perform the official Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale during the fly by of nine Italian aircrafts trailing the colours of the Italian flag past the Vittoriano monument.
The 2nd of June always proves to be a joyous and patriotic occasion and is one to not be missed.