History about Italian Republic Day

Italian Republic Day, also widely known as ‘Festa della Repubblica’ for Italians, is nationally celebrated in Italy on 02 June, every year. The historical day commemorates the institutional referendum of 1946 when Italians were called to take a vote and decide the form of their government after World War II. They chose to be a republic with a constituent assembly and sent the king into exile. The country adopted a new constitution on 01 January 1948, making Italy a unitary parliamentary republic. Now, on 02 June every year, a massive celebration takes place in the city of Rome to celebrate the creation of the Italian Republic.


We sat down to ask a few questions on what is special about not only this day but also his nation!

What do you miss most about home?

Actually, I miss everything, but mainly friends and relatives, the food, the different landscapes of Italy from the Dolomiti mountains to the hotsprings in Tuscany, my Region, to the islands and warm water beaches of Sardinia


What do you find rewarding about working in a multinational environment like JALLC?

It is an excellent opportunity for professional growth, to share my experience with colleagues from other Countries, and I am honoured to serve NATO.


What is something unique in Portugal that others may not know?

he beauties of the Country are well known worldwide, from arts to history, it is difficult to find something that people do not already know; perhaps the excellent cuisine is not as well known.


How do you usually celebrate this national day (in Portugal or in your country)?

Every year, 02 June is commemorated with official ceremonies, speeches, fireworks, concerts, and parades across the Country joined by all Italians, with a hallmark military parade celebration taking place in the capital city of Rome that is broadcast worldwide and can be enjoyed by all. Another highlight of the day is the flyover by the Frecce Tricolori. Many aircraft soar through the Italian skies, releasing streaks of white, green, and red smoke. It’s a beautiful sight to see!

 The official ceremony of the celebration in Rome, includes the solemn flag-raising ceremony at the Altare della Patria and the tribute to the Italian Unknown Soldier with the laying of a laurel wreath by the President of the Italian Republic in the presence of the most important officers of the State. The ceremony concludes in the afternoon with the gardens of the Quirinal Palace, seat of the Presidency of the Italian Republic, being opened to the public.

 Celebrations also take place at Italian embassies all around the world which include a range of activities, from flag raising to Italian style picnics.