PhotoStory: Italy’s Republic Day celebrations

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Italy on Sunday celebrated the anniversary marks the founding of the Italian Republic in 1946. June 2nd, 1946, was the day Italians voted to abolish the monarchy, and the Republic of Italy was born; hence Republic Day.

Rome hosted a huge huge military parade through the historic centre, with smaller celebrations in many other cities and towns.

Italy's Republic Day celebrations in Rome
A view of trail smoke left by the Italian Air Forces aerobatic demonstration team, the Frecce Tricolori, as they perform during the Republic Day ‘Festa della Repubblica’ celebrations in Rome, Italy. Photo: EPA-EFE/GIUSEPPE LAMI

The highlight was the flyover by Frecce Tricolori, Italy’s Air Force. The planes flew over the Altare della Patria monument in Piazza Venezia, leaving a trail of green, white and red smoke.

Italy's Republic Day celebrations in Rome
Italian President Sergio Mattarella attends the Republic Day ‘Festa della Repubblica’ celebrations in Rome. Photo: EPA-EFE/GIUSEPPE LAMI

Elsewhere in the capital, the presidential palace opened its gardens to the public, free of charge.

Italy's Republic Day celebrations in Rome
Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte (C) attends the Republic Day ‘Festa della Repubblica’ celebrations in Rome. Photo: EPA-EFE/ANGELO CARCONI

 

Italy's Republic Day celebrations in Rome
0 Italian Carabinieri take part in a parade marking the Republic Day ‘Festa della Repubblica’ celebrations in Rome. Photo EPA-EFE/GIUSEPPE LAMI
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