Italian Government Tourist Board - North America

ITALY NEWS # 93 - July 27th, 2009

Rossini Opera Festival


Pesaro - August 9th - August 20th, 2009


The 2009 edition of the traditional musical event linked to the city of Pesaro and the cultural and artistic heritage left by the Maestro Rossini marks the festival's 30th anniversary. The season starts with Zelmira, presented to the public for the first time at the San Carlo in Naples in 1822. This event is credited with making popular the entire production of Maestro Rossini in Italy and abroad. The Festival relies on the musicological contribution of the Rossini Foundation.



Otium Ludens


Ravenna - March 14th - October 4th, 2009


The archaeological path of "Otium Ludens" recreates the art of living in the Roman villas of ancient Stabiae, a small Vesuvius town involved in the eruption of 79 AD. There are two hundred artifacts on display amid frescoes, stucco and objects, many of which are being presented for the first time to the public. The exhibition in Ravenna is the only Italian event of an exceptional international exhibition tour that includes stops in Hong Kong and San Petersburg.

Malborghetto Festival

   Roma - July 16th - August 29th, 2009


During the summer, the Malborghetto Archaeological Park in Rome is home to a festival that offers theatrical performances as well as educational guided tours of the site for the public. The Malborghetto Archaeological Park is a unique organization, which preserves the remains of a Roman triumphal arch erected in the IV century AD and incorporated during the Middle Ages in a farmhouse surrounded by a hamlet. The season ends with two special nights in the Riano's tuff caves

Palladio by Night


Vicenza - July 18th - August 11th, 2009


Four Palladian villas in Veneto open to the public for an extraordinary night visit. The City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of Veneto is a World Heritage Site protecting a cluster of works by the architect Andrea Palladio. In turn, the villas will be illuminated by hundreds of candles, torches and lanterns, in the halls and in the gardens, in order to recreate the old atmosphere of the olden days. The evening events are accompanied by Renaissance music.


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