If you like Gospel music start the New Year at the Trasimeno Blues Festival with a FREE concert on January 1, 2013 at the Chiesa de Santa Maria Assunta in the beautiful lakeside town of Castiglione del Lago not far from Perugia. For more information consult http://www.trasimenoblues.it/calendario.php?lang=2 .
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 1, 20125. For more information consult http://www.festivaldispoleto.com/2012/calendario.asp. They tell me the English-language version is coming.
Assisi 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, 2012. It looks like they are no longer doing jazz. For more information consult http://www.assisiperformingarts.org/ .
Perugia is a lovely walled city in Umbria. Among its offerings are music festivals and Italian language schools. Music Fest Perugia is held from August 2 to August 17, 2012. For more information consult http://www.musicfestperugia.net/Schedule.asp .
Foligno is an ancient town in central Italy off the beaten path, but a short train ride from Rome, that is definitely worth visiting. From September 1st to 23rd, 2012 it hosts the Segni Barocchi Festival devoted to Baroque music. For more information consult http://www.bellaumbria.net/en/events/2012-segni-barocchi-festival/#.
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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