All Saints Day

Festa di Ognissanti

National Holiday


  • National holiday celebrated across Italy
  • Public offices, schools, and businesses closed
  • Honors all saints in Christian tradition
  • Commemorates the saints’ sacrifices and deeds
All of Italy
Firenze, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
November 1

Occurs annually, November 1

Additional Info:

Many stores and attractions may be closed; check hours in advance.


Festa di Ognissanti, or All Saints Day, is a national holiday celebrated across Italy on November 1st every year. This important day honors all the saints in Christian history, commemorating their sacrifices and significant deeds.

The event is recognized by Italians from all walks of life, resulting in the closure of public offices, schools, and many businesses. It’s essential to be aware that some stores, museums, and other attractions may also be closed or operate under limited hours during this time.

As a public holiday, All Saints Day sees a festive public transport schedule in place to accommodate the increased number of visitors and locals enjoying their day off.

The day is particularly important for Catholics, who attend special masses to pay their respects to saints and the dearly departed.

Though the origins of the holiday are religious, it has evolved into a celebration that brings families together, exchanging gifts and participating in various traditions.

Event Schedule

As a national holiday, All Saints Day is celebrated by Italians throughout the country. It may affect accommodation availability, especially in tourist hotspots, as many people travel to be with family during this time.


All Saints Day has its roots in the 4th century, with early celebrations taking place in Greece or Turkey.

However, the holiday’s history in Italy dates back to the 7th century when Pope Gregory II established it. Initially celebrated in spring, the holiday was eventually moved to November 1st for reasons that remain unclear.

The purpose of All Saints Day is to honor all Christian saints, particularly those who do not have their own feast day on the Catholic calendar.

Different European countries have their unique traditions associated with All Saints Day. In Italy, families exchange gifts and partake in feasts to celebrate their saintly namesakes.

The holiday is followed by All Souls’ Day on November 2nd, a day for mourning the dearly departed and attending special masses.

All Saints Day in Italy has grown to be more than just a religious celebration—it’s a time for family and friends to come together and honor the importance of the saints in their lives.

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