Teatro Romano Ostia Antica Festival

21-30 July. Under the theme The Myth and the Dream, his open-air festival of theatre, dance and music takes place against the magnificent backdrop of the Ostia Antica archaeological park, with events...

Genzano flower festival near Rome

17-19 June. The annual flower festival, or “infiorata”, takes place at Genzano south of Rome from 17-19 June. The ancient festival, now in its 239th edition, is held each year on the occasion of the F...

Artescienza Festival

22 Sept-5 Nov. This festival, which explores the connections between science and the contemporary arts, resumes after a summer break. The programme offers interactive meetings, masterclasses, conc...

Isola del Cinema: Australian Focus

1-3 Sept. The Isola del Cinema festival on Rome's Tiber Island dedicates three evenings to Australian cinematography, with the Australian Focus event from 1-3 September. The first screening, which...

Genzano flower festival near Rome

28-30 May. The annual flower festival, or "infiorata", takes place at Genzano south of Rome from 28-30 May. The ancient festival, now in its 238th edition, is held each year on the weekend of Corp...

Ravenna Festival 2016

13 May-13 July. This year's festival is dedicated to Nelson Mandela and the theme of freedom. This year the programme's festival is dedicated to the value of freedom and in particular to Nelson M...

Piú libri piú liberi

4-8 Dec. The 14th edition of Piú libri piú liberi, the national fair for small and medium Italian book publishing houses, offers a five-day literary programme of conferences, lectures, readings, theat...

Panettone and Pandoro fair in Rome

21-22 Nov. The seventh edition of the National Fair of Panettone and Pandoro takes place at the Chamber of Commerce in Piazza di Pietra on the weekend of 21-22 November, from 10.30-19.30 on both days....

Outdoor Festival

Outdoor street art Festival in Rome 2-31 Oct. Under the theme Here Now, the sixth edition of the urban art festival Outdoor is based at a 30,000-sqm disused military barracks on Via Guido Reni, nea...

Ravello festival

30 June- 5 Sept. When other summer festivals are winding down the Ravello festival is in full swing throughout August. Located in the lovely Villa Rufolo above Amalfi, where Wagner lived and drew his...

Puccini festival Torre del Lago

24 July-30 Aug. This is the only all-Puccini festival and and this year's four operas are the same as last year, although there is a new production of Tosca to mark the 115th anniversary of its first...

Incontri in Terra Siena

24-31 July. This short festival is held at La Foce, the one time home of Anglo-American-Irisheristerio writer author Iris Origo, made famous in her book War in Val d'Orcia. The festival gradual gr...

Sferisterio Opera Festival

17 July-9 Aug. The operas this year at the Sferisterio open-air theatre in Macerata are Rigoletto (17, 25, 31 July and 8, 9 Aug), Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci (18, 24 July, 2, 8 Aug) and La Bohe...

Festival della Valle d'Itria

15 July-4 Aug. This festival in Martina Franca specialises in rare and seldom performed works. To celebrate its 41th birthday it presents the new opera Le Braci by Italy's prolific composer Marco Tuti...

Umbria Jazz

10-19 July. Once Umbria Jazz was all about jazz, now it is increasingly about how to attract the crowds to fill S. Giuliana stadium, especially in a time of increasingly scarce resources. But there is...

Spoleto Festival

26 June-12 July. There is only one opera production at the Spoleto festival this year, Mozart's Così fan Tutte (26-29 June) and now that Vanessa Redgrave has cancelled her much-awaited appearance with...

Verona Arena Opera Festival

19 June-9 Sept. The operas this year are Nabucco by Verdi (19 June-5 Sept), Zeffirelli's production of Aida (20 June-6 Sept) and the Hugo da Ana production of Puccini's Tosca (26 June-14 Aug). The...

Ravenna Festival

25 April-27 July. This year the festival is dedicated to Dante Alighieri on the 750th anniversary of his birth in 1265. It is the beginning of a multi-disciplinary project which will end in 2021, the...

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

27 May-28 June. The three operas in the festival this year are Bernstein's Candide (until 3 June) Britten's Turn of the Screw (until 7 June), and Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande (18-25 June). Maggi...

Memorie Urbane Street Art Festival

The fourth edition of Memorie Urbane Street Art Festival promises to be the biggest ever festival dedicated to street art in Italy. This year the event features 40 artists, seven towns, three provi...

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