Here are some points worth mentioning about the Italian calendar: The Italian week begins with Monday. The days of the week, the names of the season, and the names of months are not capitalized in Italian. And, finally, there is an explanation for why settembre (September) is the "seventh" month, ottobre (October) is the "eighth," novembre (November) is the "ninth," and dicembre (December) is the "tenth": A very long time ago, the Roman calendar began in March, so September, October, November, and December were the seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth months of the year. For a complete list of months (i mesi), refer to the table below.
MONTHS OF THE YEAR gennaio January febbraio February marzo March aprile April maggio May giugno June luglio July agosto August settembre September ottobre October novembre November dicembre December
Another bit of trivia: When a religious festival or holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, Italians oftentimes fare il ponte, or make a four-day holiday, by taking off the intervening Monday or Friday. To learn Italian days of the week (giorni della settimana), take a look at the table below.
DAYS OF THE WEEK lunedì Monday martedì Tuesday mercoledì Wednesday giovedì Thursday venerdì Friday sabato Saturday domenica Sunday
Here are a few other phrases you might find useful:
Che giorno è oggi? (What day is it today?)
Oggi è martedì. (Today is Tuesday.)
Domani è mercoledì. (Tomorrow is Wednesday.)
Ieri è stato lunedì. (Yesterday was Monday.)