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Opening Hours in Italy

Opening hours in Italy depend on the kind of business, the season and it sometimes depends on the city. Here we give you some advice to consider while planning your trip to Italy.


In General, public libraries in Italy are open from Monday to Friday all day (9:00 – 19:00), Saturdays open just until 13:00 and they close on Sunday, Opening hours sometimes vary due to the season. Libraries close on Public Holidays. Private libraries use to open every two days.


Opening hours are determined by law, every pharmacy counts with a card in which Opening hours are indicated as well as the emergency phones. Usually pharmacies are open from 8:30 to 12:30 in the morning and from 15:30 to 19:30 in the afternoon unless the pharmacy is an “open pharmacy” and it is open also at night, holidays and Sundays.


The majority of museums open daily from 9:00 to 17:00 and they close on Holidays. Opening hours sometimes vary due to seasonal and climate factors. We advice you to check the schedule directly at the museum you’re interested in.

Religious Services:

Opening hours for churches varies through the year, it is common to find opening hours for religious services by month; with the especial cases of Festivals, Holidays, Christmas or any Saint celebration.


Opening hours for public offices are rigorous from Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 13:00 and they take time for lunch before opening again from 14:45 to 16:15.


Shops generally open at 09:00 in the morning and close at 13:00 hours, then after lunch Shops open again at 15:30 in the afternoon and close at 19:30 from Monday to Saturday.

Most shops are closed on Sunday but you can find at least one shop open; shop opening hours are not rigorous in many cities in Italy, like in Tuscany where shops can be closed in the afternoon until around four, and then stay open for three or four hours and usually work only half-day on Wednesday.


Bank opening hours are regulated by law, they open at 08:30 and close at 13:30 for lunch. They open again in the afternoon at 15:00 and close at 16:00 from Monday to Friday. There are banks that open on Saturdays.

Post Offices:

Post offices in Italy works from 08:30 to 13:30 every day of the week except Sundays.


Restaurants generally open at 12:00 and close after lunch, at 14:30; some restaurants also open at night, from 19:00 to 23:00

Most establishments are closed for public Holidays; and the most important ones are:

  • Capodanno - New Year’s Day
    1st January

  • Epifania - Epiphany
    6th January

  • Pasqua- Easter Sunday
    The celebration doesn’t have an exact date
    Lunedì dell'Angelo, Pasquetta - Easter Monday
    It depends on Easter Sunday, it’s celebrated the next Monday
    Anniversario della Liberazione- Anniversary of Liberation
    25th April

  • Festa del Lavoro - Labour Day
    1st May

  • Festa della Repubblica- Republic Day
    2nd June

  • Ferragosto and Assunzione- Ferragosto/Assumption Day
    15th August

  • Tutti i santi - All Saints
    1st November

  • Immacolata Concezione - Immaculate Conception
    8th December

  • Natale - Christmas Day
    25th December

  • Santo Stefano- St Stephen's Day
    26th December
Italy also has other holidays such as All Soul’s day or Saint Joseph’s Day; but the celebration depends on both the region and the religion. Other important celebrations are: The Flag Day (7th January) to the Europe Day (9th May)

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