Italian Government Tourist Board - North America

Italy News # 22 - July 10, 2007

"Santiago Calatrava - from forms to architecture"

Rome, July 4th - September 2, 2007


This enticing exhibition featuring over 90 works of the famed Santiago Calatrava is taking place in the renowned Scuderie del Quirinale.  Calatrava is viewed as one of the leading contemporary figures in the world of architecture.  His creativity is magnificently exemplified through his work and various forms of expression, not to mention the attention he pays to science and engineering as well.  His ingenuity is also shown in the variety of material he uses, ranging from granite to silver, marble to ebony - the fantasies and journeys that he creates are endless.  In addition to displaying the countless works of Calatrava, the museum will also screen a video as a part of the exhibition, entitled Movimento.  This revealing video will really take the visitor on a captivating tour throughout the artist's creative evolution. 

Redentore Regatta

Venice, July 14th - 15th, 2007


The Redentore is one of the most celebrated festivities in Venice, taking place on the third weekend in July.  The history of the "Redentore" dates back to the late 1500's when Venice was cursed by the plague.  As the disease quickly spread through the city, over 40,000 of the city's inhabitants died.  So, in late 1576, a church was established in dedication to the Redentore (the Redeemder), in hopes of an end to the plague.  Soon after, in July of 1577, the plague ended, and the city of Venice decided that their freedom from the horrible disease should be celebrated on the third Sunday of every July.  Many masses take place on that Sunday, however the celebrations are truly begun on Saturday, with a "Holy Mass" in the morning.  At sunset, however, activity erupts with fully illuminated boats decorated with lights and filled with people around St. Mark's Basin and the Giudecca canal, celebrating and eating traditional food, awaiting the fireworks display set to kick off at 11:30pm.  The weekend comes to a close with a traditional gondola regatta. 

Landesausstellung 2007

Trento, Through September 25, 2007


Through the display of artworks by its main artists, this exhibition showcases the period known as Symbolism, one of the richest in history, from an artistic standpoint. The exhibit focuses on the works by one artist in particular: Maurice Denis. The more than 100 pieces on display take the visitor on a journey through the artist’s career, from his Nabis period, to the markedly symbolist period, to his phase of works inspired by neoclassicism. This part of the event, connected to French symbolism, is held at the Mart in Rovereto, while the Renaissance-inspired Palazzo delle Albere hosts the exhibition dedicated to the artworks of artists from the Regions of Trentino and Sud-Tyrol, inspired by European symbolism.

History of villas and gardens

Perugia, Through September 16th, 2007


“Storie di Ville e Giardini”, in its third year, aims at promoting the historic villas and their natural heritage through a series of guided visits scheduled through September 16. Supported by the Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane, the visits will be interspersed with musical and theatrical moments offered by the Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia, the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto “A. Belli” and the Centro Universitario Teatrale di Perugia.


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