April

Gaetano D'Alesio Trophy

The Trofeo Gaetano D'Alesio - renamed the Trofeo della Liberazione in 2015, is the first in the season of Livorno's Rowing Races. It was begun in 1999 in memory of Gaetano D'Alesio, ship owner and founder of the D'Alesio Group in Livorno.

International Sailing Week

Italian Navy Sailing Team at the 2008 TANItalian Navy Sailing Team at the 2008 TANMaritime events begin in April with the sailing regatta known as the Settimana velica internazionale. This sailing competition, previously known as the TAN, began in 1981 to celebrate the Naval Academy’s 100th anniversary. The regatta lasts for about a week and teams from all over the world take part in the various races. It normally coincides with the 25th April Liberation Day holiday.

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.

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