Planning Italy vacation packages and Italy tours for this summer? You can combine city sightseeing with some of the many music festivals showcasing Italian and international talent.
Here are some of the most celebrated music festivals to check out if you are visiting Italy the next few months:
Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of Two Worlds) -
June 27 to July 13 in Spoleto, Italy
The renowned Festival dei Due Mondi has been held annually since 1958 and brings the best of the arts world from Europe and North America to the stage. Spoleto is an ancient city in the province of Perugia, situated approximately 212 km (132 miles) southeast of Florence and 126 km (78 miles) north of Rome. This year’s festival boasts a spectacular calendar of events, featuring art, music of all descriptions, theatre, opera, dance, and other cultural exhibitions. Possibilities abound, from military bands to concerts in the cloister and the Paul Taylor Dance Company to Palazzo Collicola Visual Arts and more. If you love the arts you may want to combine a day trip (or longer!) to Spoleto with Avventure Bellissime’s Rome Tours and Florence Tours.
Umbria Jazz Festival -
July 11 to 20 in Perugia, Italy
Enjoy some of the world’s hottest jazz acts at the annual Umbria Jazz Festival. This year’s line-up of artistic talent showcased at the Arena Santa Giuliana includes Herbie Hancock with the Wayne Shorter Duo and Monty Alexander, Natalie Cole and Fiorella Mannoia, and the legendary sound of The Roots, the house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Imagine an Italian holiday that combines a sojourn in Perugia to enjoy some jazz with diversions in nearby Rome or Florence. Dazzle your senses with music in Umbria and day excursions to see the incomparable artwork in the small group Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour, tasting the finest Tuscan wines on a small group Chianti wine and hill towns trip, or enjoying any of our culturally rich and entertaining day Italy tours.
Estate Romana 2014 -
June to September in Rome, Italy
Each summer the Eternal City comes alive with entertainment during the Estate Romana (Roman Summer) events. This celebration of culture, music, and the arts runs in the city of Rome itself and outlying areas and offers countless opportunities to enjoy concerts, an open-air cinema on Tiber Island, and stalls and bars along the Tiber River. This year’s schedule of events includes many notable performers ranging from rock to classical, notably the Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, the Tokyo Ballet, and more. The concerts do sell out quickly so if you want to build a Italy vacations around particular concerts or performances, book early to avoid disappointment. To augment your cultural experience of Rome we suggest some of our popular city sightseeing tours of Rome such as our small group Ancient Rome tour, the catacombs and underground Rome tour, or a day trip such as our exclusive Rome to Pompeii and Amalfi Coast trip.
Arena di Verona -
June 20 to September 7 in Verona, Italy
This year marks the 92nd annual Arena di Verona, a celebrated Opera Festival held in the ancient city of Verona to international acclaim. Whether you are new to opera or already a stalwart fan, the six operas and three special events planned for this summer season will offer 54 performances to enchant and entertain. The open ticket option for the festival makes combining these operatic events with Avventure Bellissime’s Private Walking Tour of Verona a fascinating option to explore the city made famous by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet as part of any Italy vacation packages.