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WHAT CHANGES IN ITALY

On the agenda: What’s happening in Italy this week

Election season begins and summer festivals continue - here are the key events in Italy this week that you should know about.

On the agenda: What's happening in Italy this week
Is Italy ready for election season, and a new government? - A campaign poster shows hard-right Brothers of Italy party leader Giorgia Meloni, who is likely to become the next prime minister. Photo: Marco BERTORELLO / AFP

Monday

Election campaign begins – campaigning officially gets underway this week ahead of Italy’s much-discussed early election, set for September 25th. 

So far, Italy’s political parties have been frantically forming alliances, putting together election manifestos, and finalising lists of candidates for each constituency.

Monday, August 22nd, is the deadline by which parties must submit their official lists of candidates.

Then Friday, August 26th – 30 days before the election – is supposedly the first date parties can put up campaign posters and hold rallies, though sharp-eyed residents will have spotted campaign posters up already in some areas, and TV ads and radio jingles are also allowed before this date.

READ ALSO: Why does Italy have so many political parties?

The campaign lasts a month, and ends two days before the vote; at midnight on September 23rd.

Cerchi e Fori in Rome – It’s your last chance to catch the free open-air music, dance and circus shows that have taken over part of Rome’s historic centre in the evenings throughout August.

Performances are held in Via dei Cerchi and Via dei Fori Imperiali between 8.30 ad 11.30pm until Tuesday, August 23rd. Find out more on the event’s official website here.

Tuesday

Storms in the south – after severe storms in the north of Italy last week, this week begins with an uncertain forecast for many areas.

There are scattered thunderstorms across southern areas from Sicily to Lazio on Monday, before the weather is set to worsen across much of the south on Tuesday.

A slight drop in temperatures is expected, and forecasts warn that thunderstorms, hail and strong winds are likely in parts of Campania, Calabria, Basilicata, and central-southern Sicily.

Conditions are expected to be calm and mostly sunny in the north and centre-north.

Weekend

Notte della Taranta, Puglia – The ‘Night of the Taranta’ is one of Italy’s biggest traditional live music festivals.

Held in Salento, in the southern region of Puglia, every year the festival celebrates the fast-paced traditional dance believed to have originated in the area as a folk cure for women bitten by poisonous spiders.

While no one believes it cures anything these days – other than perhaps a bad mood – the dance remains an important part of local culture and tradition.

The 25th edition will be held on August 27th in Melpignano, a small town 30 kilometres south of Lecce. 

As always, the Notte della Taranta is a free event and is open to all. Find more information on the event’s Facebook page.

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WHAT CHANGES IN ITALY

On the agenda: What’s happening in Italy this week

From transport strikes to Christmas markets and the start of ski season, here are the key events happening in Italy this week that you should know about.

On the agenda: What’s happening in Italy this week

Monday

Ischia rescue efforts continue – Rescue teams are continuing their search for survivors after an avalanche on the island of Ischia left at least seven people dead, with more missing.

A wave of mud and debris hit the small town of Casamicciola Terme early Saturday morning, engulfing at least one house and sweeping cars down to the sea.

READ ALSO: Italy declares state of emergency after deadly Ischia landslide

Italy’s government on Sunday declared a state of emergency and released an initial €2 million in relief funds.

Tuesday

Ruling on vaccine mandates – Italy’s Constitutional Court will rule on the legality of compulsory vaccination against Covid-19 on Tuesday, November 29th.

Judges will be asked to determine whether or not vaccine mandates introduced during the pandemic – which applied to healthcare and school staff as well as over-50s – breached the fundamental rights set out by Italy’s constitution.

Several Italian courts have previously upheld the vaccine oblication, with one Lazio court ruling in March 2022 saying the question of constitutional compatibility was “manifestly unfounded”.

Members of Italy's Constitutional Court will meet on Tuesday to determine whether Italy's Covid vaccine mandate was constitutional.

Members of Italy’s Constitutional Court will meet on Tuesday to determine whether Italy’s Covid vaccine mandates were constitutional. Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP.

Wednesday

Italy’s budget deadline – The Italian government has until Wednesday, November 30th to send the text of the 2023 budget law to Brussels for scrutiny.

Once greenlighted by the EU Commission, the bill will go back to parliament, with both chambers having until December 31st to sign off on it.

READ ALSO: Key points: What Italy’s new budget law means for you

Thursday

Milan’s Christmas market – One of Italy’s most popular Christmas markets will open on Thursday, December 1st.

Stalls in Milan’s iconic Piazza Duomo will be open every day from 9am to 9pm until January 6th. Businesses will be selling everything from Christmas decorations to regional food delicacies.

Milan’s isn’t the only Christmas market in Italy to open on this date; those hosted by Cagliari in Sardinia and Andalo in the Dolomites will also kick off on Thursday.

People walk across a Christmas market in downtown Milan as snow falls on December 8, 2021.

People walk across a Christmas market in downtown Milan as snow falls on December 8, 2021. Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP.

Friday

National transport strike – A 24-hour national strike affecting airline and rail travel as well as local public transport will take place on Friday, December 2nd, likely creating some disruption for people travelling to, from and across Italy.

Staff from Spanish airline Vueling and local public transport operators in the Italian cities of Udine, Trieste, La Spezia, Naples, Foggia and Bari have already announced that they will take part in the strike.

According to the latest local media reports, disruption might also affect travel on Milan’s ATM lines. 

As always, The Local will keep you regularly updated on the strike over the following days.

Saturday

Ski resorts open – All ski resorts managed by the popular Dolomiti Superski association will open on Saturday, December 3rd, offering winter sport enthusiasts a total of 1,200 kilometres of ski slopes. 

Despite early fears that an unusually warm November would force operators to postpone the opening date, the resorts are now expected to regularly open to the public on Saturday thanks to the rigid temperatures of the past week.

Italy's Alpine Dolomiti Superski resorts will Saturday, December 3rd.

Italy’s Alpine Dolomiti Superski resorts will Saturday, December 3rd. Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP.

Sunday

WW2 bomb disposal – Around 900 residents of the eastern Italian city of Pesaro will be asked to temporarily evacuate their homes on Sunday, December 4th to allow for the safe disposal of a 500-kg US-made World War II bomb.

The device is located in the Case Bruciate area, next to the A14 highway.

A hotline will be set up in the following days to give residents all the necessary info. 

The closure of the A14 highway on the day is being considered by local authorities.

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