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Today celebrates Italy’s 75th Republic Day, or Festa della Repubblica. On June 2 in 1946, Italians voted in a referendum that formed Italy into a republic.
Ceremonies begin with the laying of a laurel wreath atop the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in the Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland). Also known as the Vittoriano, this massive white marble monument stands at the symbolic center of ancient Rome as a representative of Italian unity and identity.
To express national pride, a giant Italian flag is mounted on the Roman Colosseum, the world’s largest surviving ancient amphitheater.
Buona Festa della Repubblica, Italia!