Public holiday in Italy on 1 November

1-2 Nov. Much of Milan will be closed for business.

All Saints’ Day, or Ognissanti, on Thursday 1 November is a public holiday in Italy, resulting in the closure of offices and schools, with Milan's public transport running according to its Sunday schedule.

The celebration of All Saints is followed by All Souls' Day on 2 November, a Catholic tradition of mourning the dear departed. While not an official bank holiday, in Italy the commemorazione dei defunti is a particularly important day when the faithful gather to visit family graves in cemeteries such as Milan’s spectacular Cimitero Monumentale, a true open-air museum (pictured).

Since these two holidays this year fall on a Thursday and a Friday, many businesses and public offices will be closed for a four-day long weekend.

The imported festivity of Halloween on 31 October, despite having no Italian tradition, has in recent years become popular with younger people, and provides a theme for fancy-dress parties in pubs, clubs and bars.

This year, Milan’s Science and Technology Museum in Via San Vittore 21 is proposing a Halloween-themed exhibition to fascinate children of all ages with scientific discovery, from 1 to 4 November.