Italy’s Summer Music Festivals

Who doesn’t love a good summer music festival? While traveling throughout Italy, be sure to check out some of the festivals the country has to offer- they are so worth it! From historic venues to modern concert halls, Italy has a lot to show in the world of music. Below DiVine Tours shares some of our favorite festivals and places to visit in order to truly experience everything that Italy has to offer. Enjoy!

Some of our DIVINE favorites for summer music festivals are: 

The Arena of Verona, the Wagner Festival in Ravello, and the Umbria Jazz in Perugia. Make sure to contact us for programs and services in all these areas.

DiVine Tours: Arena di Verona.

DiVine Tours: Arena di Verona.

DiVine Tours: The Wagner Festival in Ravello.

DiVine Tours: The Wagner Festival in Ravello.

DiVine Tours: The Umbria Jazz in Perugia.

DiVine Tours: The Umbria Jazz in Perugia.

Below we would like to share an interesting excerpt taken from “Summer in Italy“:

All over Italy, especially during the summer months, the piazzas and parks are alive with the sound of music. Festivals dedicated to every genre of song can be found, some in fantastic or historic settings, such as the thousands year-old arena in Verona or the historic Baths of Caracalla in Rome.

Others are less known but no less lyrical. Wherever your travels take you, you’re likely to find a musical event to brighten your trip.

VENICE. As part of the prestigious Biennale of Venice which is held every two years, contemporary music is featured in various venues around Venice, to highlight modern art in all its forms. The event takes place in even-numbered years.

VERONA. The spectacular Roman amphitheater known as the Arena of Verona is the beautiful backdrop for operas and symphonies all summer long, from June through September. Big names like Placido Domingo are bound to make an appearance here.

MILANO/TORINO. The MITO Settembre Musica festival stands for Milano-Torino, a month-long event with music of all genres being performed throughout September in both of these famous northern cities.

DiVine Tours: MITO Music Fesitval

DiVine Tours: MITO Music Fesitval

SAN REMO. Probably Italy’s most famous festival, the San Remo Festival has been the career maker of many a musician, including Andrea Boccelli.  It’s televised nationally (and internationally) but if you want to see some of it in person, it’s held in February.

DiVine Tours: San Remo Festival

DiVine Tours: San Remo Festival

BOLOGNA. The Independence Days concerts in September are primarily punk-themed bands, but some mainstream groups join the line-up in this festival geared toward the university crowd – appropriate for this well-known college town.

PERUGIA. Umbria Jazz is the biggest jazz jam in Italy, attracting international headliners and Italian musicians alike to celebrate the genre of jazz in the medieval city of Perugia. Umbria Jazz takes places every July.

DiVine Tours: The Umbria Jazz in Perugia.

DiVine Tours: The Umbria Jazz in Perugia.

SPOLETO. Another medieval Umbrian town renowned for a festival, the Spoleto Festival, officially known as the Two Worlds Festival, is a cultural, artistic and musical event that bridges the Old World with the New World. The 17-day event brings in big names from art, music and dance.

LIVORNO. This Tuscan coast town puts on a sort of modern version of Woodstock in a grassy field every July. The Italia Wave Festival is five days of rock, tecno, folk and ska.

DiVine Tours: Italia Wave Festival

DiVine Tours: Italia Wave Festival

ROME. The Eternal City likes its music – so much so that they built a park exclusively for it, the Parco della Musica.  Administered by the Music for Rome Foundation, they put on a year-round calendar of concerts, dance, festivals and films. The City of Roma also hosts the Estate Romana (Roman Summers). The city’s piazzas and parks come alive with local and national musicians playing from June through September.

DiVine Tours: Estate Romana

DiVine Tours: Estate Romana

NAPLES. Southern Italy’s biggest rock festival takes place in the heart of Naples every July. International and European talent show up to jolt the already-pulsing city into the rhythm. Destination Neapolis is a start-band’s “coming out party” – a chance for young bands to burst on the scene.

RAVELLO. The stunning setting of Ravello on the Amalfi Coast is a dramatic backdrop for the Ravello Festival, one of Italy’s longest running festivals. Popularly known as the Wagner Festival for its emphasis on classical music, the event highlights art and performances as well as music, all summer long, in the parks, villas and overlooks of the town.

DiVine Tours: The Wagner Festival in Ravello.

DiVine Tours: The Wagner Festival in Ravello.

ISOLA DEL LIRI. This little-known town near Frosinone, south of Rome, is the “town of waterfalls” as it sits between two branches of the Liri River. It’s also the home of the Liri Blues Festival, a 25-year tradition, every July. It’s one of Italy’s few festivals dedicated to Blues.

DiVine Tours: Liri Blues Festival

DiVine Tours: Liri Blues Festival

 

DiVine Tours would absolutely LOVE to be your guide through Italy’s summer music scene. Contact us for information on any of these music festivals, or for information about upcoming trips to Sicily, Rome & Tuscany, and much more!

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