• Italian Calendar

    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
    gennaioJanuary
    febbraioFebruary
    marzoMarch
    aprileApril
    maggioMay
    giugnoJune
    luglioJuly
    agostoAugust
    settembreSeptember
    ottobreOctober
    novembreNovember
    dicembreDecember

    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
    lunedìMonday
    martedìTuesday
    mercoledìWednesday
    giovedìThursday
    venerdìFriday
    sabatoSaturday
    domenicaSunday

    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.)