What’s On in Italy: July

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.

There are also a few big feast days/events celebrated during July. 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. In Venice, the Festa del Redentore on 14-15 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.

July Holidays and Major Patron Saint Days

  • 2 July – Il Palio di Siena
  • 14-15 July – Festa del Redentore, Venice

What’s on in Italy in July: Festivals and Events

Photo of the Festa del Redentore fireworks in Venice via Venezia Unica

Opera in Verona

If you’ve never seen Verona’s arena, which easily rivals Rome’s Colosseum, now is the perfect time to visit. The annual Verona Opera Festival, which runs throughout the summer, is in full swing in July. This month alone will see performances of Carmen, Aida, Turandot, and Nabucco. In August, opera lovers can catch Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at the well-preserved amphitheater.

Music in Rome

The capital has numerous concerts this month. The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma offers the opera-archeology combo at the Baths of Caracalla, where they will stage La Traviata, Carmen, and Romeo e Giulietta. Meanwhile, Rock in Roma will feature 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 will be hosting its own festival – Roma Summer Fest – with performances by legends like Francesco de Gregori, Ringo Starr, and Caetano Veloso. 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’ll be able to see acts ranging from reggae to metal, depending on the night.

Music and More in a Regal Setting in Torino

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

In its 53rd year, the 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.

Jazz and More in Umbria

Umbria Jazz, probably the most important jazz event in Europe, runs from July 13 to 22 in Perugia. This year, it will feature a variety of jazz acts, ensembles, and orchestras, from Italy and abroad. Concurrently, through 15 July, Spoleto will host 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.

The above events and festivals are just a taste of what’s happening in Italy during the month of July.

Do you know of other events taking place in Italy in July? Please leave a comment below!

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