Italian Government Tourist Board - North America

ITALY NEWS # 57 - July 11th, 2008

International festival of Holy Music and Art 

Roma - October 12 - November 29, 2008


This Festival of Sacred Music, unique in the world, takes place in the Autumn in the Papal Basilicas of Rome. The Orchestra-in-Residence is the Vienna Philharmonic.
The purpose of the event is to increase the public's awareness of the institutional activities of the Fondazione Pro Musica e Arte Sacra which raises funds for the restoration of religious artifacts and buildings. The "Festival Internazionale di Musica Sacra" is central to its benevolent activities. Since its inception in 2002 the Festival has gone from strength to strength, winning the plaudits of the public and critics by proposing the spiritually enlightening marriage between world-class performances and outstandingly beautiful sacred venues.  

Piedigrotta is back! - Naples gets rich in tradition

Napoli -   September 4-14, 2008


The voices, sounds, and cheerfulness of the festival of Naples are back. Here are the typical places, its religious rites, its fireworks, its illuminations, its floats and its popular music that made it famous throughout the world. Here is the tradition, the heart of Naples: Piedigrotta. After the success of last year’s edition, the festival of Naples is ready to celebrate its second edition in a riot of colors and emotions. Ready to strengthen the everlasting bond with a glorious past that gives hope for the future. Ready to glorify the spirit of Neapolitans, who are rich in joie de vivre and creativity. Ready to connect all the Neapolitans who live far from Naples and who can find some part of themselves, their pride of being part of this city, their values, culture and traditions thanks to this festival. 

The Redentore Feast-day

Venezia - July 19-20, 2008  


The Redentore is one of the Venetians' most treasured festivities, and is a tourist attraction thanks to the spectacular firework display in the evening. It falls on the third Sunday in July, when Holy Mass is held in the presence of the Patriarch, followed by a religious procession. But the special moment of the festivity takes place on Saturday night: with the unbeatable backdrop of Saint Mark's Basin, a play of lights and reflections produce a kaleidoscope of colors with the silhouetted spires, domes and bell towers of the city behind.

Flemings and the Dutchmen in Florence 

 Firenze -Through October 26, 2008

The Galleria Palatina in Palazzo Pitti hosts a great exhibition that shows the interconnection between the artistic impact and the business relationship between the Netherlands and the Italian regions in the XV century. The exhibition details the changes in painting brought about by the introduction of oil - as the binding element in colors – in the Nordic countries and the way in which this new approach was quickly embraced by Italian artisans’ workshops. The works on display were commissioned or purchased in Florence between 1430 and 1530 and underline the importance of the work and creativity of Flemish artist Jan Van Heyck and his school: they certainly moved and attracted the interest of well-to-do Florentines, which translated in an innovative push felt and adopted by Italian artists.


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