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

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It's time for some people in Italy to submit their income tax form. (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP)

From a tax deadline to the start of Italy’s autumn Covid booster shot campaign, here’s what to expect in Italy this week.



Income tax deadline

Most employees and retirees in Italy will need to file their tax return by Monday, October 2nd at the latest.

Once they’ve submitted the form, known as modello 730, with the national revenue agency (Agenzia delle Entrate), taxpayers have until June 30th of next year to pay the first instalment of the total amount payable, with the second instalment due by November 30th 2024.

The rules differ for the self-employed. See more information in our tax calendar.

Italy rolls out Covid booster jab campaign

Covid booster shots will be available in some parts of Italy from this week after Italy received around a million doses of an updated vaccine.

The autumn vaccine booster campaign is to be rolled out by region, with the shots expected to be available in Lazio (around Rome) and Lombardy (around Milan) from Monday, October 2nd,

Italy's health ministry has said that the booster shot will first be offered to the most at-risk groups (including over 60s, care home residents and people with serious health conditions) and then be made available to others “upon request and subject to availability”.

The number of recorded Covid cases in Italy continued to rise last week, to 36,777, up by 17.3 percent compared to the week before. Some 43.5 percent of current Covid cases have been attributed to a new variant of the virus dubbed ‘Eris’.

National Grandparents Day 

Italy will celebrate National Grandparents’ Day (Festa Nazionale dei Nonni) on Monday, October 2nd.

Italy is the only country in the world to celebrate nonni and nonne on this date. It does so because that’s the day in the liturgical calendar when the Catholic Church honours guardian angels.

The UK has a (little marked) Grandparents’ Day on the first Sunday in October (October 1st this year), whereas the US has its version on the first Sunday after Labor Day.



National remembrance day for immigration victims

Italy will commemorate migrants who lost their lives while trying to reach the country on Tuesday, October 3rd in what’s officially known as National Remembrance and Reception Day (Giornata della Memoria e dell’Accoglienza).

The occasion was first established in 2016 and falls on October 3rd every year as that was the day in 2013 when 368 people, including 83 women and 9 children, died in a shipwreck while attempting to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa.

The date this year comes as Italy finds itself in the middle of a new migrant crisis. 

Sea arrivals from northern Africa have soared, with the Lampedusa reception centre scrambling to cope with a “critical situation” in mid-September and the Italian government announcing a series of hard-line policies in response.

Fishermen lay flowers at Lampedusa harbour on October 5, 2013. (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP)


Feast of St Francis of Assisi

Italians will celebrate their patron saint, Francis of Assisi, on Wednesday, October 4th, which marks the day after his death on October 3rd, 1226.

Saint Francis’s feast day will be a special occasion for many around the country, particularly for people in the saint’s hometown of Assisi, Umbria, where the day will be marked by a number of city-wide events and religious functions.



Climate change protests in Milan and Rome

Activists from international climate strike movement Fridays for Future will hold rallies in a number of major Italian cities, including Rome, Milan and Turin, on Friday, October 6th. 

The planned demonstrations were called in early September in protest against a “negationist government” that “denies any correlation between extreme weather events and climate change”.  

Local traffic and public transport routes in all of the affected cities may be subject to changes as a result of the above gatherings.


Historic Venues Day

Some of Italy’s oldest and most prestigious hotels, restaurants and cafes will offer exclusive guided tours to the general public on Saturday, October 7th as part of the 2023 edition of the national Historic Venues Day

The initiative, which will involve venues as renowned as Venice’s Caffe’ Florian and Milan’s Camparino in Galleria, seeks to celebrate the history of sites that made Italy “a cultural and artistic excellence”.



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