Let's be frank. There are so many Italian Music Festivals during July that it can be tiring to scroll down the page. But if you don't scroll you may miss a great one. This page lists July Italian Music Festivals in start date order. Click here for this list in festival name order. Or scroll to the bottom of the page to select the festival region.
Ravenna is a small city in the Emilia-Romagna region on the Gulf of Venice. Their Fabula in Festival - Nobilissima visione runs from June 26 to July 15 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.
Trentino-Alto Adige is a bilingual region of northern Italy. The German speakers call it Sued Tyrol. The Sued Tyrol Jazz Festival Alto Adige runs from June 29 to July 8 and includes over 100 concerts and live acts, offered in many cities and towns of this beautiful region. For more information consult http://www.suedtiroljazzfestival.com/?langSJF=en.
Spoleto is a walled city perched on a slanting hillside of Umbria in central Italy. Since 1958 it hosts the Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of Two Worlds), founded by the composer Gian Carlo Menotti. This top of the line arts festival runs from June 30 through July 15. For more information consult http://www.festivaldispoleto.com/index.asp?lang=eng
What do you think about FREE? From July 11 to July 14 the little city of Isola del Liri in the central Italian Latium region hosts the Liri Blues Fest. Concerts are held in the main square (Piazza Boncompagni), in the streets and nighttime means jam sessions. Last year’s stars were Eric Bibb, Albert Lee, Sonny Landreth, Bettye Lavette, and Colosseum. At present the website has not been updated for 2012 and I have to hope that it's still free. For more information consult http://www.liribluesfestival.it/Default.aspx.
If you are into the harpsichord stop by the Piccola Accademia di Montisi, located in a hilltop medieval village of southern Tuscany. The Piccola Accademia di Montisi Summer Festival 2012 runs from July 13 to July 27. The Academy offers classes that are filling up fast. For more information consult http://www.piccolaaccademia.org/content/home.html
The following festivals start in July. Some will run into August.
Assisi, Umbria is one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites. If you are looking for peace and tranquility, this is the place. The Assisi Performing Arts devoted to vocal and instrumental music is held from July 1 to July 19. It looks like they are no longer doing jazz. For more information consult http://www.assisiperformingarts.org/ .
Maiori is a popular tourist town on Italy's Amalfi Coast in the Campania region of southern Italy. It boasts the longest stretch of beach on the Almalfi coastline and was the scene of many classic Rossellini films. From July 1 to 26 it hosts the Amalfi Coast Music And Arts Festival, focusing on classical music and opera. For more information consult http://www.amalfi-festival.org
From July 5 to 7 Milan, Lombardy hosts the Heineken Jammin Rock Festival that should attract 100,000 youth and perhaps a few geezers. Come early or leave late to enjoy Europe's fashion capital. For more information consult http://www.carnifest.com/carnivals/Heineken-Jammin-Festival.asp.
A multitude of towns and cities in Friuli-Venezia Giulia host the Folkest Festival. The festival runs from July 5 to 30, and has activities almost every day. Last year (but not this year) festival goers enjoyed John Mellencamp. For more information consult the Italian-language http://www.folkest.com/festival/programma-2012/ and translate the page, if necessary.
Pescara on the Adriatic coast is the capital and largest city in the central Italian region of Abruzzi. Pescara is proud to host the first Italian summer festival dedicated to jazz music. All the big names have played here. The Pescara Jazz Festival runs from July 5 to August 3. The headliners include Chick Corea (July 5) and the Wayne Shorter Quartet (July 15). For more information consult http://www.pescarajazz.com
Beautiful Siena has been described as Tuscany's best-preserved medieval city. From July 10 to August 31 it hosts the 81st edition of the Estate Musicale Chigiana, held at various venues. For more information consult http://www.chigiana.it/Pagina.aspx?IDMenu=Concerti&IDPagina=estate_musicale&livello=1 . Please note, for the full list scroll to the bottom of this page and click the concert calendar link for an additional Italian-language page.
Pistoia is a relatively unknown walled, medieval city in Tuscany. From July 12 to 15 it hosts the Pistoia Blues. The final concert on July 3 is with B. B. King. For more information consult http://pistoiablues.com/index-en.php
The historic city of Lecce, Apulia is often called "Florence of the South" because of its Baroque architectural monuments. From July 12 to 15 it hosts the ItaliaWave Love Festival, said to be Italy's oldest rock concert. A few of the events are FREE. For more information consult the Italian-language only http://www.italiawave.com . Times change, last year they had an English-language page.
Martina Franca is a popular tourist town in the Apulia region of southern Italy. Don't miss its Baroque Old Town. And don't miss its Festival della Valle d'Itria that runs from July 14 to August 2. There's quite a selection of classical and modern concerts, opera, and cinema. For more information consult http://www.festivaldellavalleditria.it/Default.aspx
Porretta is a historic spa town in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna. It is 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 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/ .
Macerata is a historic provincial capital in The Marches, not far from the Adriatic Coast. From July 20 to August 12 it hosts the Sferisterio Opera Festival. Performances include Traviata, Boheme, and Carmen. For more information consult the Italian-language website http://www.sferisterio.it/MacerataOperaFestival/programma.php .
Torre del Lago, Tuscany lies between the Lake of Massaciuccoli and the Tyrrhenian Sea. Home to some 11, 000 every year it hosts the Festival Pucciniano, attracting about 40 thousand Puccini lovers. This year's 58th edition presents La Boheme, Tosca, La Traviata, and Madame Butterfly from July 20 to August 25. For more information consult http://www.puccinifestival.it/website/eng/index.asp
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