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WHAT CHANGES IN ITALY

What changes in Italy in November 2022

From public holidays to tax deadlines, here's a look at the important dates in November if you live in Italy.

What changes in Italy in November 2022
A view of Rome and the Vatican from the Quirinale presidential palace on October 26th, 2022. Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP
Public holiday

Halloween may not be such a big deal in Italy, but don’t forget the day after is a public holiday. Tuesday 1st is All Saints’ Day, known as Ognissanti or tutti i santi in Italian. 

As it falls on a Tuesday this year many people will have taken Monday off work as well to enjoy a long weekend.

READ ALSO: Why Italy’s All Saints and All Souls days have nothing to do with Halloween

There are absolutely no spooky goings-on to mark this Italian holiday. In the more religious south of Italy, where onomastici or saints’ name days are still widely observed, November 1st is effectively everyone’s ‘name day’ at once.

This means you’re supposed to say auguri (best wishes or congratulations) to everyone you know and many families mark the occasion with – what else? – a big lunch.

In many Italian regions, soup is the traditional Ognissanti dish – though with temperatures still well above seasonal average some might pick a different starter this time around. 

All Souls’ Day

After All Saints, November 2nd is when Italians mark All Souls’ Day, or Festa dei Morti, the ‘Day of the Dead’. 

This date is not a bank holiday.

The festival of the dead, which has Celtic roots, was originally celebrated in some parts of Italy on October 31st. 

In 1000 AD the Catholic Church created All Souls’ Day on November 2nd in an attempt to replace the festival with a church-approved tradition. Although the date and name were changed, plenty of fascinating old traditions have stuck in various parts of the country.

Still, this isn’t a chance to don a scary costume, either: in Italy, it’s a much calmer day of remembrance, mainly celebrated with prayers, flowers and, of course, more food.

National Unity Day

November 4th is another national holiday – one you’ve quite possibly never heard of.

And we don’t get a day off work for this one, either.

National Unity Day, or to give it its full title, the Giornata dell’Unità Nazionale e delle Forze Armate (‘Day of National Unity and the Armed Forces’), commemorates the end of World War I for Italy.

It’s celebrated on November 4th, the day an armistice ended the fighting between Italian forces and the battered Austro-Hungarian Army in 1918.

Read more about it here.

Winter tires deadline

It may seem odd to be discussing snow tires when the sun is shining and temperatures remain higher than the seasonal average across Italy, but the Highway Code (article 6) states that winter tires are obligatory from November 15th.

Motorists are supposed to change their tires from October 15th, but there’s a one-month grace period before the requirement is enforced by fines of up to 335 euros.

The Highway Code states that it is obligatory to have winter tires or snow chains “on board” every vehicle on the road between November 15th and April 15th, but adds that local authorities can bring in additional requirements.

In parts of colder northern regions including Lombardy and Piedmont, some local authorities have introduced longer periods during which residents can drive with snow tires without facing a penalty.

For more information on how the rules apply in your area, check with your local comune (town hall) or visit your local Ministry of Transport office (ufficio della motorizzazione civile). Find a list of locations here.

Winter sports season begins 

Italy’s 2022-23 ski season should be getting underway this month after a couple of difficult years due to the pandemic shutdown and restrictions.

However energy price rises mean this year’s ski pass prices are set to be markedly higher, and some resorts have said they won’t be opening at all.

Skiing in most resorts in the Italian Alps will be more expensive this winter.

Skiing in most resorts in the Italian Alps will be more expensive this winter. Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP.

End of the fuel discount?

Italy has had a fuel tax cut in place for several months as part of efforts to offset the soaring cost of living. 

The discount was most recently extended by the previous government until November 18th, and the new administration has not indicated whether it plans to keep it in place beyond that date.

Including VAT, the discount amounts to 30.5 cents on every litre of petrol or diesel and around 10.4 cents for methane.

Bargains for shoppers

If you fancy some retail therapy, don’t forget that Black Friday and Cyber Monday is approaching. Retailers are set to offer lots of discounts. Black Friday is on November 25th and Cyber Monday is on November 28th. 

Large Italian retailers planning to participate include Mediaworld, Euronics, Unieuro and others – look out for volantini (flyers) outside stores in the coming weeks. 

A sign announces discounts in a Milan shop window. Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP

Tax deadline

Italy’s final deadline for filing taxes this year is November 30th, so if you pay tax in Italy it’s time to make sure either you or your accountant have everything in order.

There are other instalments to be aware of, depending on your personal circumstances. See more information here.

Italy’s budget deadline

The Italian government also has a big fiscal deadline coming up on November 30th, the date by which it must draft the budget law for 2023 and send it to Brussels for scrutiny.

The new cabinet hasn’t announced firm details yet on what it intends to include in the next budget, though it has indicated it plans to slash welfare payments for the unemployed, extend the flat tax scheme to higher-earning freelancers, and raise the ceiling on cash payments to 10,000 euros.

It’s not yet known what the government’s plans are regarding further financial aid to shield consumers and businesses from energy price rises or soaring inflation.

READ ALSO: The five biggest challenges facing the new Italian government

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WHAT CHANGES IN ITALY

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

From public holidays to food festivals, 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 schools reopens – Primary schools will reopen in Ischia on Monday, just over a week after a deadly landslide that has so far claimed at least 11 lives led to evacuations and closures.

In a press conference on Saturday, Ischia commissioner Giovanni Legnini said that around one thousand of the island’s displaced residents were staying with friends and relatives, with over 400 more in hotels or independent accommodation.

High schools on the island are due to reopen on Wednesday.

Tuesday

Booking opens for Orient Express – Wealthy travellers looking for an Agatha Christie-style experience can book tickets for a ride on Italy’s new ‘La Dolce Vita’ Orient Express on Tuesday – a full two years before it sets off for the first time.

The train will reportedly have six different itineraries, from the Alps to the beaches of southern Italy, and incorporate 12 deluxe cabins, 18 suites, one La Dolce Vita suite, and a restaurant with 5-star service.

Passengers wanting to make an advance booking will need to pay a €500 deposit, with tickets starting at €2,000 per night.

Italy will get its own Orient Express luxury train service - in two years' time.

Italy will get its own Orient Express luxury train service – in two years’ time. Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP.

Wednesday 

Day off in Milan – December 7th is a public holiday in Milan as residents commemorate their beloved patron saint, St Ambrose.

The annual Festa di Sant’Ambrogio gives residents an opportunity to catch up with family and friends and unofficially marks the start of the festive season in the northern metropolis.

READ ALSO: Why do Milan residents get a day off on December 7th?

On the day, families get together to celebrate in the best way known to Italians: with a big lunch, featuring local delicacies including Milanese-style risotto, mondeghili (meatballs) and rostin negàa (veal cutlets).

And the city has no shortage of events and activities to enjoy after the feast.

Thursday

National public holiday – Thursday, December 8th is a public holiday throughout Italy as residents celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which commemorates the conception of the Virgin Mary.

Most Italian families celebrate with a big lunch, and may hold firework displays or light bonfires outside. 

READ ALSO: Why is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception a holiday in Italy?

December 8th unofficially marks the beginning of the Christmas period, with most towns putting up their Christmas lights on the day and pretty much everything in the country – especially administration-related procedures – noticeably slowing down from this point on.

This means you might want to get any important paperwork done before December 8th, or else you may have to wait until January 6th, when the Italian holidays officially end.

Friday

Abruzzo truffle festival – The first edition of the Abruzzo International Truffle Fair is set to take place from 9th-11th December in the region’s capital, L’Aquila.

The festival will involve 42 stalls and more than 60 companies, and will incorporate truffle-based food trucks, entertainment, master classes and seminars.

The event will be held in L’Aquila’s in the park surrounding the city’s 16th century castle, close to the historic centre.

L'Aquila in Abruzzo will host its first international truffle fair on December 9th-11th.

L’Aquila in Abruzzo will host its first international truffle fair on December 9th-11th. Photo by Valentine CHAPUIS / AFP.

Saturday

Modena food festival – The 11th edition of the ‘Zampone and Cotechino Modena’ Festival returns to Modena’s Piazza Roma from 9th-11th December, after two years of pandemic cancellations and restrictions.

Students from some of Italy’s leading catering schools will compete to make the most mouthwatering dish, turning the square into an open-air kitchen. This one’s not for vegetarians: zampone and cotechino are types of spiced, slow-cooked pork.

Massimo Bottura, the owner-chef of Modena’s three-Michelin-star restaurant Osteria Francescana, has reportedly picked the 10 best recipes submitted by participating student-chefs and will lead the jury judging the competition.

Sunday

Trenitalia winter timetable – Italy’s main train operator Trenitalia switches to a winter timetable from Sunday, December 11th.

New features include an increase in the number of Frecciarossa Rome-Milan non-stop fast trains, double-decker carriages with a capacity of 900 passengers, and podcasts with guides to the passenger’s destination, the company announced.

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