A ponte is a bridge in Italian. In Rome a ponte is the time taken off work to lengthen a holiday; a bridge from the holiday until the next appropriate work day.
Thursday was the Catholic observance of the Immaculate Conception of Mary the mother of Jesus, which is a story I am not getting into. My point is the holiday from work on Thursday, so then Friday many businesses were closed. Many were closed, because Saturday is next and then Sunday is off also.
Holiday on Thursday, Italy becomes very Catholic for that day off, then continues the conveniencve until next Monday.
Romans know how to ponte.