April 25: Italian Liberation Day (some closures), also St. Mark’s Day, Venice

April 25: Italian Liberation Day (some closures), also St. Mark’s Day, Venice

April 25 is the Festa della Liberazione, celebrating the end of WWII in Italy, meaning the end of the Fascist regime and Nazi occupation of Italy.

You’ll see this date on many street signs throughout Italy, and today it stands as a national public holiday, meaning most stores will be closed.

It also happens to be the feast day of St. Mark, the patron saint of Venice.

Venetians celebrate their beloved saint with a gondolier regatta and a huge party in Saint Mark’s Square.