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La Festa della Repubblica

La Festa della Repubbl

 La Festa 

Today, June 2nd, marks the Festa della Repubblica or Italy’s ‘Republic Day’. This celebration is considered the ‘birthday’ of the Italian Republic, similar to France’s Bastille Day on July 14th, and the 4th of July here in the US.

At the end of the Second World War Italy was a Monarchy under the House of Savoy which had reigned since 1861. On June 2, 1946 Italians were called to participate in a constitutional referendum by universal suffrage to choose between remaining a Monarchy or becoming a Republic. Interestingly, the southern regions mostly voted to remain a Monarchy while the northern regions opted for a Republic. Moreover, the number of women casting their vote exceeded the number of men. Following the results, the Republic of Italy was founded and the Italian constitution became law on January 1st, 1948. Italy's is a relatively young constitution when compared with the United States. 

The day's festivities usually include the President laying a laurel wreath at the Altare della Patria (‘Altar of the Homeland’) in Rome, paying homage to the Milite Ignoto (‘Unknown Soldier’). There is also a military parade along the ancient Roman Forum. However, the most spectacular event includes a fly-over by the Frecce Tricolori (‘Tricolored Arrows’). This is an elite group of aerobatic fighter jets belonging to the Italian Air Force.

This year, the Frecce Triolori have added a few stops leading up to their final Festa della Repubblica flyover in Rome. In the weeks proceeding the holiday, the fighter jets made patriotic flyovers over twenty-one major Italian cities, starting with those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Take a look at their Instagram account below to see videos and pictures.   

Aeronautica Militare Instagram

In the brief video below, you can observe the 2017 Festa della Repubblica celebration in Rome with the Italian national anthem sung by Andrea Bocelli and a fly-over by the Frecce Tricolori fighter jets.

Festa della Repubblica 2017
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