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Government offices, post office, banks, and schools are closed.
The vast majority of restaurants and shops in Vatican City and the immediate surrounding areas frequented by tourists, like Piazza Navona, however, are open.
Celebrated annually on January 6, Epiphany, also known as La Befana, celebrates the first two occasions when Jesus Christ’s divinity manifested: when the three kings visited Jesus in Bethlehem and when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.
Strangely enough, this holiday also celebrates La Befana. According to the fairy tale, a woman flies on a broomstick to search for Jesus in his manager. She has presents to deliver to the Three Kings and delivers gifts to the children in the process.
For those itching to spend on some fine Italian fashion, good news: after Epiphany, sales start!
Below are just a small few of the stores that participated in Epiphany sales. Note that the “giants”, like Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, and the like, are missing. This is intentional, as practically everyone knows about those big brands, and I wanted to feature the lesser-known/less “affluent” brands.
The shopping district in Piazza di Spagna, by the Spanish steps, is very popular, and so are the shops around the Pantheon.
SALDI, SALDI, SALDI.