2021 was a lot. But, there’s hope that Italy—and the world—will have more of a “normal” year in 2022. Here are some of the anniversaries and events that are on Italy’s 2022 agenda.
- Procida is the 2022 Capital of Italian Culture
- Italy elects a new president in January
- Turin hosts the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in May
- Italy confronts a difficult anniversary in October
See each month below for more:
- January 4. Italian presidential elections. Sergio Mattarella wll be stepping down after his 7-year presidency. Italy’s Parliament and its regional representatives elect the President of the Republic.
- February 4-20. Winter sports athletes will compete at the Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. China then hands the torch to Italy for Milano/Cortina d’Ampezzo 2026.
- March 5. 100th anniversary of the birth of Pier Paolo Pasolini. Check out this map of Pasolini’s Rome.
- March 27. Paolo Sorrentino’s The Hand of God is Italy’s submission as Best Foreign Film for the 94th Academy Awards. Will he win another Oscar?
- May 10-14. The 2022 Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Turin. Italy hosts the 2022 event because Italian band Måneskin won the 2021 contest.
- May 25. 100th anniversary of the birth of Enrico Berlinguer.
- September 1. 100th anniversary of the birth of director Vittorio Gassman.
- September 3. 100th anniversary of the opening of the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in Lombardy.
- October 28. 100th anniversary of the March on Rome, essentially a coup d’etat/insurrection that would put the National Fascist Party and Benito Mussolini in power for nearly two decades—until the end of World War II.
- November 21-December 19. The 2022 FIFA World Cup will take place in Qatar. Will Italy be in it???
Note that events are subject to change. But you’re already used to that given the past two years of COVID-19.
See the Italy Calendar for more info on public holidays and monthly events.
I will be updating this list throughout the year.