25th April - Liberation Day

25th April is a national holiday in Italy, commemorating the liberation of the country from the Nazis after World War II in 1945.

In Livorno the day is usually marked by a solemn ceremony in Piazza della Vittoria (Monument to the Fallen) and in Via Ernesto Rossi (Partisan plaque) during which wreaths of laurel are laid at these two reminders of those who died for their country during the war.

On a more practical level, banks and schools are closed and most people are on holiday from work. Friends and families get together for outings into the country or even to the beach if the weather is good enough.