Some events coming soon...

Below are just a few of the many events and activities going on in Italy over the coming months. For a more comprehensive listing, have a look a the events page of the Italian National Tourism Board

 
15 May
Gubbio,
Umbria
Festa dei Ceri

A procession in historic costume in which tall shrines are carried to the church on the top of Mount Ingino.

17 May
Sassari,
Sardinia
Cavalcata Sarda

Traditional procession of more than 3,000 people in costume from all over Sardinia.

20 May - 16 Jun
Vicenza,
Veneto
XVIII edition of Settimane Musicale al Teatro Olimpico

Concerts and operas staged at Palladio's historic Olympic Theatre in Vicenza. Full programme for 2009 season.

04 Jun - 25 Oct
Milan
DARWIN 1809 - 2009

Spectacular international exhibition about the father of the theory of evolution. Official website

07 Jun - 22 Nov
Venice
La Biennale di Venezia

This is the 53rd edition of the world's most important exposition of international art, with Singapore's participation to be housed (again) in Palazzo Franchetti Cavalli. The theme this year is "Making Worlds". Official website (English edition)

19 Jun - 30 Aug
Verona,
Veneto
87th Opera Festival

5 different operas staged in the huge and ancient Roman arena with a capacity of 20,000. World-famous tenor Placido Domingo will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of his debut in the Arena with a special Gala performance on 24th July. Fondazione Arena di Verona

24-28 Jun
Florence
Calcio Storico

Soccer as it was in the 16th century with a match played in costume in Piazza Santa Croce.

26 Jun - 12 Jul
Spoleto,
Umbria
Festival dei Due Mondi

A major line-up of performances in dance, music and theatre involving both well-known stars as well as promising young artistes. Official website

26 Jun - 12 Jul
San Gimignano
Tuscany
Festival dei Due Mondi

A major line-up of performances in dance, music and theatre involving both well-known stars as well as promising young artistes. Official website

2 July & 16 Aug
Siena
Tuscany
Palio di Siena

This is the world-famous procession and bareback horse race where members of each of the town's districts compete for the Palio (banner). Magnificent and highly exciting medieval pageantry not to be missed if you're in Tuscany at this time. Official website

10-19 July
Perugia
Umbria
Umbria Jazz

This renowned event brings hundreds of artists to the green heart of Italy, offering street parades, performances, and midnight clubs celebrating excellent jazz, pop and salsa music. Pop group Simply Red is one of the highlights this year, along with Paolo Conte. Official website

10 July - 23 Aug
Torre del Lago
Tuscany
55th Puccini Festival

This annual festival celebrates Puccini's operas and music in the town where he spent his last years, with performances in a grand open theatre overlooking a lake. Official website

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