Liberation Day programme in Milan

Anniversary celebrations will affect the whole city

As Italy celebrates the 69th anniversary of the liberation at the end of world war two on Friday 25 April, parades and speeches will affect transport and travel throughout the city, and also for the period up to Thursday’s International Workers Day, also a public holiday.

The main event on Friday will be a mass demonstration in the central Corso Venezia. The parade will form up in Via Serbelloni from around 13.00, and proceed to Corso Venezia to arrive at around 14.00. Participants will then march to Piazza del Duomo, where civic leaders will address the crowd from the platform. Speakers will include popular Milanese actress Aglaia Zannetti, who will read historic documents from the turbulent times following the liberation. Roberto Cenati, president of the Permanent Anti-Fascist Committee, Mario Artali, National President of the Federation of Partisan Associations, Luigi Angeletti, Secretary-General of the UIL labour unions federation, Italy’s youngest Life Senator Elena Cattaneo, and Carlo Smuraglia, National President of the National Association of Partisans and former volunteer in the Italian contingent joining the Allies after the 1943 armistice, will address the public.

City hall has strongly advised using public transport to reach the city centre, as many streets will be closed to traffic. Public transport will follow different timetables until the end of next week. As many ticket sales points will be closed for the festivities, travellers are advised to buy tickets in advance, or use the automatic ticket machines, where available.

Transport authority ATM advises that surface and underground services will follow normal workday timetables on 24, 28, 29 and 30 April, while 26 April and 2 and 3 May will see Saturday times in force, and 25 and 27 April and 4 May will respect holiday timetables. On Thursday 1 May, metro and surface services – buses and trams – will run from 07.00 to 19.00.

Many ATM-managed car-parks will be open free during the festive period, but users are advised to take note of the opening times before leaving their vehicles, as these in some cases will be shorter than usual.

Leading Italian daily Corriere della Sera has published a collection of 36 fascinating photos of the days around the liberation: you can see the slide-show here.