Festa della liberazione (Liberation Day), April 25th

April 25h, 1945 was the last day of World War 2 for Italy – or at least for Milano and Torino, that on that date were the first towns liberated from German Nazi forces and Italian fascists. A radio broadcast announced a general, national strike against both forces, which was the signal for revolt. A not so subtle one, in fact, as it actually stated «Germans can choose whether to surrender or die, and all fascists hierarchs are to be put to death».

Two months later Italians would hold a constitutional referendum choosing to abolish the monarchy and let the country become a republic. The celebrations were supposed to be held in 1946 only, but of course the people repeated the event and in 1949 it officially became a bank holiday.