If you are in Rome today, June 2, 2014, you will have the chance to see the parade of the military forces and the famous exhibition of the Frecce Tricolori. It is Italian National Day today in Italy, the schools are closed and people don't go to work. June 2 became a national holiday since the year 2000 when it was the decided that the date should be saved to celebrate the birth of the Republic. The Italian Republic officially started in 1946 after the Italian citizens were called to polls in a referendum to choose between the current form of government and the monarchy. The monarchy had been held responsible for paving the way to Mussolini's fascism and all male descendants of the House of Savoy were sent in exile. So now, every year, on June 2, a grand military parade is held in central Rome, and it is presided over by the President of the Republic, also the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
The parade is held in Via dei Fori Imperiali, a long pavemented street which connects the famous Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Vittoriano to the Colosseum. The ceremony continues in the afternoon with the opening of the Quirinale Palace, seat of the President of the Republic. All the different parts of the Italian Army march down Via dei Fori Imperiali in front of the highest state authorities and the cheering crowd.
If you are caught in the crowd during your tour of Rome, just live the moment and enjoy this once-a-year Rome Experience.