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May 1 and May Day

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May 1 and May Day

Are museums and other tourist areas closed on this day? I'm not sure if this is a holiday in Italy. Thank you.

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1. Re: May 1 and May Day

There will be a lot closed, but a lot open, too. You'll have to check the individual websites of the places you intend on going. The upside is that you might find a great street festival or concert in the street somewhere for free. :)

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2. Re: May 1 and May Day

1st is a huge massive holiday in italy. You'll find almost every shop closed but probably some bars or restaurants will be open.

Sites and museums have different opening hours, just check websites but you'll probably find some of them closed.

In Piazza San Giovanni (in front of Laterano) there is the concerto del primo maggio is the main open air live event in italy, with massive crowds and great italian bands and singers.

It's completely free and the music varies from raggae to ska to rock to folk and ethnic music.

A good taste of Italian modern culture.

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The Vatican Museums will be closed, because May 1st is a religious holiday as well as a national holiday. The Colosseum/Roman Form/Palatine Hill sites will be open. As for other museums and archaeological sites, you'll have to check them individually. The Capitoline Museums are usually closed, but the Barberini Gallery, the Borghese Gallery, and Palazzo Massimo are open.

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4. Re: May 1 and May Day

Cool, I didn't know about May Day being a religious holiday (St. Joseph's) in Vatican City... the things you learn here, eh?

Edited: 12 March 2014, 13:02
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Well, you see, St. Joseph was a labourer, wasn't he? Although he was probably more affiliated with the ACLI than the CGIL.

You learned something about cooking, too, a few months ago, didn't you?

Edited: 12 March 2014, 13:35
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Mmhh, was it something about spaghetti?

Edited: 12 March 2014, 13:42
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7. Re: May 1 and May Day

That's right, that certain sauces are considered more suitable for certain shapes of pasta.

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8. Re: May 1 and May Day

The Colosseum webpage, www.coopculture.it/en/the-colosseum.cfm#, hours button, shows May 1 as closed.

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The tourist office of Rome shows it as open on May 1st:

060608.it/en/…colosseo-anfiteatro-flavio.html

Now I'm wondering, though. I'm almost positive that it's been open in past years on May 1st.

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10. Re: May 1 and May Day

This blog post, just out a few days ago, may be helpful to the OP: walksofitaly.com/blog/…