Italian Government Tourist Board - North America

 Italy News #19 - June  18, 2007

 Greek Theatre in Sicily

Siracusa, Greek Theatre - Through June 24, 2007


The 2007 Classical Greek Theatre Festival at the Greek Theatre of Siracusa kicked off  on May 10 and will last until June 24 with “Trachinie” by the Greek playwright Sophocles, followed by “Eracle” by  Euripides. These two plays are at the core of classic theatre, which remains an inspiration for modern theatre. The setting of the evocative Greek Theatre brings the audience back in time to ancient Greece.


San Pellegrino Cooking Cup

Lido di Venezia -  June 30th, 2007  


One of Italy's oldest yachting club's, La Compagnia della Vela sponsors the annual "San Pellegrino Cooking Cup", which is an incredible occasion joining sailing skills with culinary expertise, making up one of the most savory and tasteful regattas in the world.  The route of the competition is no longer than 13 miles, and departs off of Lido di Venezia.  While aboard their vessels, the competitors (around 60 crews), including celebrity chefs, must not only race to the finish first, but also triumph the cooking challenge of preparing a three-course meal.  It is truly an exciting event combing various areas of interest, all leading up to a very jubilant finish!    

Spoleto Festival - "Festival dei Due Mondi"

Piazza della Liberta' - Spoleto - June 29th - July 15th, 2007


The Spoleto Festival - "The Festival of Two Worlds" is an event unique in its conception, spirit and criteria, embracing all aspects of the performing and figurative arts. It was created in 1958 by Giancarlo Menotti, the most represented living composer in the world, and today, the Festival is organized by his son, Francis.  This annual festival includes everything from theatre and ballet to classical music and visual arts, and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.   

The First Fifty Years of the Museo di Capodimonte

 Naples, Museo di Capodimonte - Through June 2008


The Museo di Capodimonte opened its doors on May 5, 1957 and several exhibits, concerts and shows have been planned to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. The following are some of the most important dates.October 26, 2007 to January 20, 2008: “Omaggio a Capodimonte-Homage to Capodimonte”. This exhibit is composed of about 50 artworks by the most important masters of ‘600 to ‘900 such as Caravaggio, Rubens, Velázquez, Tiepolo, Goya, Turner, Ingres, Monet, Cézanne, Degas, Van Gogh, Toulouse–Lautrec, Kandisky, de Chirico, Picasso, Boccioni, Balla, Basquiat and Pascali. The exhibit will be installed alongside the museum’s permanent collections.

April 18 – June 30, 2008: “Salvator Rosa between reality and magic”

The exhibit showcases the works of Salvator Rosa, the Neapolitan artist from the XVII century who lived between Rome and Florence for work reasons. About 60 paintings on display highlight the artist’s origins as a sensitive and modern observer of the human condition, be it past or present, real or imaginary.

2007: “Capodimonte at a Glance”

This event includes a series of photographic exhibits of the four main artists who depicted Naples through their lenses. In addition, an exhibit titled “A fifty-year long history” was organized of all past events held at the Museum, from 1957 to the present. Worth of mention are also the series of concerts and movies “Musica al museo” and “Cinema al museo”, dedicated to the city of Capodimonte.


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