Despite being associated with low-level cold cuts, 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 during the month of March. Headliners include Justin Bieber. For more information consult http://www.songkick.com/metro_areas/30285-italy-bologna?page=1 . J. B. is on the first page and let's just hope that you can still make your reservations, if you are one of his fans.
Start the month of March, 2013 in the historic city of Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, which was featured in Vittorio De Sica's famous film, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis. It's a beautiful city and a World Heritage Site. The Ferrara Musica Festival has three concerts of interest during March and continues until May. For more information consult http://www.ferraramusica.it/index.phtml?id=52.
Jazz lovers will have lots of reasons to visit the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy from February 28 to May 15, 2013 when it hosts the Crossroads 2013 Jazz Festival. There will be 40 evenings of live music all over this loverly region. For more information consult http://www.italia.it/en/news/detail/crossroads-2013.html. and the Italian-language site http://www.crossroads-it.org/eventi.htm#2mar.
The seaside resort of Cervia in the central Italian region of Emilia-Romagna boasts some 10 kilometers (about 6 miles) of sandy beaches and a salt museum. On selected Saturdays and Sundays from April 28 to May 26, 2013 it hosts the International Guitar Festival "Luigi Legnani in honor of a local boy born towards the end of the Eighteenth Century whom Paganini called the "best guitar player" of the time. For more information consult http://www.legnanifestival.it/EN/EN_Index.html
Ravenna is a small city on the Gulf of Venice. Their Fabula in Festival - Nobilissima visione runs from June 26 to July 15, 2012 and includes a whole slew of concerts, opera, drama and ballet, far too numerous to list here. In November is opera time. For more information consult http://www.ravennafestival.org/programma_spettacoli/calendario.
Porretta is a historic spa town situated in the Appennine Mountains, halfway between Bologna and Florence. You may want to return for winter sports, but from July 19 to July 22, 2012 it hosts the Porretta Soul Festival, This will be their 25th year. The first evening is FREE. For more information consult http://www.porrettasoul.it/ .
Make no mistake about it. The city of Bologna is a gastronomic capital. It also hosts the I Day Festival on September 2, 2012. Headliners include Green Day. For more information consult http://www.bolognawelcome.com/en/events/complete-calendar/params/Eventi_622/ref/I-Day%20Festival%202012
Not all that far from Bologna you'll find the coastal city of Rimini, the birthplace of Frederico Fellini. From August 28 to September 14 it hosts the Sagra Musicale Malestina offering classical music with great performers such as Michael Tilson Thomas. For more information consult http://www.sagramusicalemalatestiana.it/agenda/211-22220.html and be prepared to read a bit of Italian.
The gastronomic city of Parma, home to some of the world's best ham and cheese, hosts its almost native son, Giuseppe Verdi, at the Verdi Festival 2012 from October 1 until October 28. For more information consult http://www.allegroholidays.com/Verdi_Festival_Parma_Italy.htm
Bologna, the regional capital, is also well known for its gastronomy. From October 5, 2012 to March 23, 2013 it hosts over seventy concerts. Headliners include Jennifer Lopez and 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.
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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