Italy on Sunday celebrated the anniversary marks the founding of the Italian Republic in 1946. June 2nd, 1946, was the day Italians voted to abolish the monarchy, and the Republic of Italy was born; hence Republic Day.
Rome hosted a huge huge military parade through the historic centre, with smaller celebrations in many other cities and towns.
The highlight was the flyover by Frecce Tricolori, Italy’s Air Force. The planes flew over the Altare della Patria monument in Piazza Venezia, leaving a trail of green, white and red smoke.
Elsewhere in the capital, the presidential palace opened its gardens to the public, free of charge.