Many Italians and Ticinesi take their annual holiday in August. This means that, depending on where you are, many businesses and shops close for at least a part of that month. Milan and cities like Bergamo, Brescia and Cremona can be eerily quiet in August, while lakeside towns such as Como, Locarno and Lugano bustle with holiday activity. Settimana Santa (Easter Week) is another busy holiday period.

Individual towns have public holidays to celebrate the feasts of their patron saints.

Italy

New Year's Day (Capodanno or Anno Nuovo) 1 January

Epiphany (Epifania or Befana) 6 January

Good Friday (Venerdì Santo) March/April

Easter Monday (Pasquetta or Lunedì dell'Angelo) March/April

Liberation Day (Giorno della Liberazione) 25 April marks the Allied Victory in Italy, and the end of the German presence and Mussolini, in 1945

Labour Day (Festa del Lavoro) 1 May

Republic Day (Festa della Repubblica) 2 June

Feast of the Assumption (Assunzione or Ferragosto) 15 August

All Saints' Day (Ognissanti) 1 November

Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Immaculata Concezione) 8 December

Christmas Day (Natale) 25 December

Boxing Day (Festa di Santo Stefano) 26 December

Switzerland

New Year's Day 1 January

Easter March/April

Ascension Day 40th day after Easter

Whit Sunday & Monday 7th week after Easter

National Day 1 August

Christmas Day 25 December

St Stephen's Day 26 December