We begin at Bologna, the capital of the northern region of Emilia-Romagna is well known for its gastronomy. From October 5, 2012 to March 23, 2013 it hosts over seventy concerts including lots in December from the 1st to the 31st. Headliners Justin Bieber. For more information consult http://www.songkick.com/metro_areas/30285-italy-bologna?page=1 . J. B. is on the next page and it's probably not too soon to make your reservations.
Escape the winter. From December 2nd to 16th various Sicilian cities including Catania, Raguso, and Palermo host lots of operas and ballets. For more information consult http://www.hotelvillaschuler.com/events_in_taormina_and_sicily_2012_updated_april_10,_2012_03en15807en.htm .
From December 4th to 8th, the summer resort, regional capital city of Pescara, Abruzzi on the Adriatic sea hosts the La Chitarra Festival Internazionale dell'Adriatico, a guitar festival. For more information consult http://kadmusarts.com/festivals/8320.html . The link at the bottom of that page is to register for the competition. Maybe next year.
The Trasimeno Blues Festival offers a FREE concert on December 8) at the Chiesa de Santa Maria Maddalena in the beautiful hilltop Umbrian town of Paciano not far from Perugia. For more information consult http://www.trasimenoblues.it/calendario.php .
From December 19 to December 31 the Eternal city hosts the Roma Gospel Festival featuring James Hall, dubbed with the title “The Undisputed Professor of Gospel Music” on the 20th. For more information consult http://www.romagospelfestival.it/?p=4&lang=en.
Finish the month and the year in Umbria's beautiful city of Orvieto which hosts the Umbria Jazz Winter from December 28th to January 1st. For more information consult http://english.umbriajazz.com/Home.aspx .
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.
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