Coronavirus rules will (hopefully) ease…
…at least in some areas. On December 4th the Italian government will bring in a new set of rules aimed at managing the coronavirus crisis.
While the new measures have not been confirmed yet, the government has indicated that non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen in red zones, and shopping centres could reopen at weekends (they are currently closed nationwide) ahead of the holidays to allow Christmas shopping.
With infection rates falling in many parts of the country, it is expected that more regions currently classified as higher-risk red and orange zones will be downgraded to yellow zones, freeing residents from additional restrictions.
Italy’s nationwide 10pm curfew is expected to stay in place however, and things are not looking promising for the ski season.
Italy will announce its vaccination plan
On December 2nd, the Italian health minister Roberto Speranza is set to outline the plan for a national coronavirus vaccination programme.
The government has appointed a task force to plan how and where the first doses will be delivered when international regulators approve a successful vaccine. Here's what we know so far about Italy's vaccine strategy.
Tax returns delayed, and more aid for lockdown-hit businesses
Further help for businesses and employees is available this month under another new financial package announced on Monday.
Companies and individuals who were due to file tax returns or make payments by Monday, November 30th, now have until December 10th.
Mark your calendars as December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, is a bank holiday in Italy.
Since it falls on a Tuesday many schools and workplaces will also close on Monday 7th, for the Ponte dell'Immacolata: the “bridge” between the holiday and the weekend.
Christmas Day, December 25th, falls on a Friday this year. meaning we all get a long weekend as the 25th is also a bank holiday in Italy.
The same goes for the weekend after. New Year's Eve will be on a Thursday, meaning January 1st is a Friday – so those who enjoy an extra glass of wine on the big day will have a whole weekend to recover from the headache.
You can claim cashback on your Christmas shopping
As part of its set of measures aimed at encouraging more electronic and online payments, the Italian government has announced a “Christmas shopping refund” programme.
From next week, those who pay via cards or apps will be entitled to a 10 percent refund, up to a value of 150 euros, on purchases made in shops this December.
To be eligible you must be an Italian resident, over 18, and registered using the government’s “Io” app.
Some will get an extra month's salary
The rumour you've heard about Italian employees getting a thirteenth monthly salary at Christmas? It's true – at least for many state employees. The tredicesima, or “thirteenth”, really is an extra month's wage. The bonus was introduced under Mussolini's regime, and unsurprisingly there hasn't been much interest in abolishing it.
Brexit transition period ends
This is a big one for British nationals living in Italy. December 31st will mark the end of the Brexit transition period, which means a series of changes will enter into effect on key areas such as residency, healthcare and travel.
See our Dealing with Brexit section for further updates.