There is much to experience this year at Venice's Biennale. Visit the 58th Annual Art Exhibit to see entries based on the theme, May You Live In Interesting Times. See what else not to miss below:
International Theatre Festival July 22 – August 5 The festival features performances from theatre ensembles and directors from around the world, and exploration into dramaturgy and its significance for all theatre. Performances include children’s theatre piece Het Zuidelijk – The story of the Story directed by Dutch director Jetse Batelaan, the European premiere of Love from the collaborative team of Patricia Cornelius and Susie Dee and the Italian premier of the techno-opera by the Dutch Collective Club Gewalt and many more.
76th Venice International Film Festival August 28-September 7 Events, like the Book Adaptation Rights Market with 25 publishers and literary agents in attendance, make this a valued film industry festival. The screenings of world-class films and the presentations of the Golden Lion for Lifetime achievement to director Pedro Almodóvar and actress Julie Andrews make this one of the premier film events in the world.
63rd International Festival of Contemporary Music Sept 27 – October 6 Thirty premier performances and thematically titled Back to Europe, the festival explores the culture of our time and influences from the ‘Old Continent’. Some of the lineup include composers such as Malika Kishino, Georges Aperghis, Matteo Franceschini, Joël Bons, Daniela Terranova and performances by the Atlas Ensemble, HERMESensemble, Quartetto Premeteo, Meitar Ensemble and Orchestra della Toscana. The entire program can be found here: labiennale.org
Nestled inside a 17th century castle outside Turin, Vistaterra offers an eco-sustainable 5-star holiday experience. Thanks to a careful restoration process, guests can enjoy the stunning 17th century frescos in the halls where many of the original structures were preserved. The heart lies in the 12 hectar Experiential Park where guests can swim and picnic at the largest biolake in Piedmont, surrounded by meadows and woods. Greenhouses, restored gardens, and historic vineyards highlight sustainability and respect for the natural ecosystem. While the spa is developing their own eco-cosmetics line, the wine bank boasts over 330 selections. The sumptuous cuisine offers harmony between nature's bounty and fine dining. Discover a place to unwind and indulge while taking in the history, culture, and art of this area.
Famed opera singer and conductor Plácido Domingo performs at “Noche española”, a Gala at the Baths of Caracalla Rome, August 7th
La Fisarmonica Di Leonardo in Vinci, July 13 A concert treat with an opportunity to hear DaVinci’s musical instrument the viola organista, reconstructed the Friuli violin maker Mario Buonoconto, featuring Aleksander Ipavec and Paola Chiabudini. Visit here in our Leonardo Da Vinci Trip
The Stresa Festival features classical and jazz concerts at venues on Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta, July 14 – September 8th
The 65th Puccini Opera Festival in Tuscany ,July 12-August 24th
Mark Knopfler and His Band, Rome, July 20-21
Aosta Classica Festival features a variety of music genres from classic to pop and all inbetween in Aosta, July 22nd – August 4th
Multiple cities across Italy offer outdoor concert and theatrical performances during the summer. Contact our Travel Designers for the latest offerings.
Did You Know... These mineral growth structures seen in caves of Grotte di Castellana are a result of slowing dripping mineral rich water. Stalactites (the icicle like structures hanging down) and Stalagmites (the mounds on the ground) started to form about 2.5 million years ago. What is unique in these caves are the ones growing horizontally, making this an attraction for visitors to to see Mother Nature and study it’s beauty and geological significance.