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March

Ravello Classical Music Festival - Ravello (Salerno)One of the oldest Italian festivals, this conceptualized the idea of the "cultural event" and gave Ravello its reputation as a "Città della musica."
www.rcs.amalficoast.it

San Remo Festival - San Remo (Imperia)

The world-famous celebration of the Italian Popular Song takes place on the Italian Riviera at the Teatro Ariston, attracting guests and renowned artists from all over the world.
www.sanremostory.it

May

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Florence

The city's biggest arts festival was founded in 1933 and is hosted at the Teatro Comunale, featuring an international program of drama, dance, opera and orchestras.
www.maggiofiorentino.com

June

Arena Summer Festival - Verona

Each year over 500,000 people flock to see opera in this 20,000-seat Roman arena, the world's third

 largest amphitheater, and among the most well-preserved
www.arena.it

Festival Internazionale Dell'Operetta - Trieste

Held at Trieste's Teatro Comunale "Giuseppe Verdi," this festival of Light Opera features world-renowned performers.
www.teatroverdi-trieste.com

 

New Opera Festival of Rome - Rome

Featuring performances of all classical genres from concerts to operas in the magnificent Courtyard of the Basilica of San Clemente.
www.newoperafestivaldiroma.com

Ravenna Festival - Ravenna

This multifaceted music event - also including opera, concerts, dance, jazz, ethnic music, drama, film, conventions and exhibitions - finds expression in the town's theaters, piazzas, basilicas, and other public spaces.
www.ravennafestival.org

Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds - Spoleto

A unique celebration, conceived to embrace all aspects of the performing and figurative -visual arts, including opera, concerts, jazz and dance.
www.spoletofestival.it

Sunsplash Reggae Festival - Osoppo (Udine)

Osoppo in Udine hosts Europe's most important reggae festival, drawing campers and visitors from all over Europe to the natural amphitheaters in Alpe-Adria's hilly countryside.
www.rototomsunsplash.com

July

Arezzo Wave Festival - Arezzo

In the heart of Tuscany, the "Woodstock of Italy" is the nation's oldest rock concert, featuring many different stages for music, literature, sports and more.
www.arezzowave.com

Dino Ciani Festival and Academy - Cortina d'Ampezzo

The Festival highlights piano repertoire, but also opera, lieder chamber music and contemporary music – all genres which Dino Ciani loved and appreciated and knew so completely.
www.festivaldinociani.com

 

Estate Musicale Chigiana - Siena

Siena's Santa Maria della Scala and the church of Sant'Agostino are just two of the beautiful venues providing the stages for the Accademia Musicale Chigiana.
www.chigiana.it

 

Festival Pucciniano - Torre del Lago Puccini (Lucca)

This Puccini Festival in Pisa began in 1930 according to Puccini's own documented wishes: "&once I would like to come here and listen to one of my operas in the open air.."
www.puccinifestival.it

 

Festival della Valle d'Itria - Martina-Franca (Taranto)

An annual opera and classical music festival held in the town of Martina Franca in Puglia, specializing in reviving unknown works, with supporting talks, recitals and oratorios.
www.festivaldellavalleditria.it

 

Macerata Opera Festival - Macerata

One of the world's most famous opera seasons, held in the Sferisterio, an old ball game court.
www.macerataopera.org

 

Pistoia Blues - Pistoia

Since this festival started in the early 1980's, legends from Muddy Waters to Dylan, Patti Smith to Santana have graced its stage.
www.pistoiablues.com

Summer Opera Season at Caracalla - Rome

Rome's opera house relocates to the magnificent Baths of Caracalla for outdoor opera and ballet performances among the ruins.
www.operaroma.it

Umbria Jazz Festival - Umbria

This renowned event brings hundreds of artists to the "green heart" of Italy, and offers street parades and midnight clubs celebrating excellent jazz, opo and salsa.
www.umbriajazz.com

Porretta Soul Festival - Porretta

Top jazz, soul and R&B musicians gather at this festival located in the spa town of Porretta, in Emilia Romagna.
www.porrettasoul.it

Pescara Jazz Festival - Pescara

Since 1969 the city hosted this sophisticated international jazz happening.
www.pescarajazz.com

August

Rossini Opera Festival - Pesaro

Inspired by fresh editions of Rossini's works, this festival of operas and concerts is beautifully set in Pesaro, on the Adriatic coast.
www.rossinioperafestival.it

Roccella Jonica Jazz Festival - Roccella Jonica

This major event, held in Roccella Jonica (Reggio, Calabria), is known for its cutting-edge crossover artistic performances, and experimental theater shows, all in an acoustically splendid arena within the natural rock landscape.

www.roccellajazz.net

Stresa Musical Weeks - Stresa

Magical music on picturesque Lake Maggiore, where the "Settimane Musicali" presents the world's leading performers, major symphony orchestras and chamber musicians.
www.settimanemusicali.net

September

Roma Europa Festival - Rome

This exciting event brings together music, dance, theater and visual arts with performances by over 300 artists from 20 countries in various locations throughout the city.
www.romaeuropa.net

Torino September Music - Turin

Piedmont's famous classical music festival concentrates on the core of the classical repertory, avant-garde, jazz and world music, all at the Teatro Regio.
www.teatroregio.torino.it
www.comune.torino.it/settembremusica


Other Musical Events

Aosta

Organ Music Festival - from mid-July to mid-August

Barga (Lucca)

Opera Barga - from mid-July to mid-August

Bolzano

International Piano Competition Ferruccio Busoni August

Brescia

Piano Festival - May and June

Catania

Music and drama performances at the Greek-Roman Theatre - from June to September

Cervo (Imperia)

Chamber Music Festival - July and August

Gardone Riviera

Drama and concerts in the open-air theater of the
Vittoriale degli Italiani -
July and August

Lucca

Sacred Music Festival in the most important churches
April to June

Marlia (Lucca)

Marlia Festival. Features rare exotic works
from mid-July to mid-August

Monreale & Palermo

Sacred Music Festival - October and November

Orta S.Giulio (Novara)

Cusius Festival of Early Music - June

Pavia

- Concerts in the Certosa - July to September
- Drama performances in the open air -
July to August

Roma

- Concerts in the Basilica of Massenzio - July to August
- Winter season concerts of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
- Winter season concerts of the Accademia Filarmonica Romana

Sutri

Baroque Music Festival - August

Taormina (Messina)

Music and drama festival - July and August

Trieste

Operetta festival - July and August

Urbino

Drama and art exhibitions; concerts in the Renaissance Theatre - August


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