July in Italy: Holidays, Festivals, and Other Events

July is the time for music, and there are tons of festivals throughout Italy this month to keep all kinds of music lovers happy. Some of the best are highlighted below.

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July in Italy: Holidays, Festivals, and Other Events

July 2 – Palio Horse Race, Siena

The first of two runnings of Siena’s Palio takes place on 2 July — tickets for this event (as well as hotels in the area) are very hard to come by if you haven’t planned well in advance.

Mid-July – Festa del Redentore, Venice

In Venice, the Festa del Redentore (Festival of the Redeemer) in mid-July celebrates the Feast of the Redeemer and the end of the plague in 1577 with the opening of the Thanksgiving Bridge to Giudecca and a major fireworks display over Piazza San Marco.

Mid-July – Jazz and More in Umbria

Umbria Jazz, probably the most important jazz event in Europe takes place in mid-July in Perugia. Concurrently, Spoleto hosts the Festival Dei Due Mondi (Festival of Two Worlds), one of the world’s best known and longest running summer music, arts, and theater festival.

Summer Music Festivals in Italy

The following music festivals typically take place throughout the month of July, if not the entire summer.

Opera in Verona

If you’ve never seen Verona’s arena, which easily rivals Rome’s Colosseum, July is the perfect time to visit. The annual Verona Opera Festival, which runs throughout the summer, is in full swing in July.

Music in Rome

The capital has numerous concerts in July. The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma offers the opera-archeology combo at the Baths of Caracalla. Meanwhile, Rock in Roma features concerts from Italian and international rock and rap artists at various locations in the city, primarily at the Ippodromo delle Capannelle, but also at the Circus Maximus and the Auditorium Parco della Musica. The latter also hosts its own festival – Roma Summer Fest.

On the smaller, more alternative scale is the Incontra Il Mondo (Encounter the World) festival set among the Roman pines of the Villa Ada park. Here you can see acts ranging from reggae to metal, depending on the night.

Torino Estate Reale, Torino (Turin)

Classical music, ballet, theater, and other sophisticated performances make up the Torino Estate Reale, a music festival that takes place in Torino (Turin) at the Piazzetta Reale.  This festival is part of a grander collection of performances grouped under the heading of Palchi Reali (Royal Stages), which puts on shows at various royal residences around the Piemonte region.

Puccini Festival, Tuscany

The long-running Festival Puccini, held in Torre del Lago and Viareggio, is considered one of Italy’s most refined opera events. It celebrates the works of Tuscan son Giacomo Puccini (born in Lucca in 1858). Concerts begin on 6 July and run through August.

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