What’s on in Italy this summer

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the new museum in Trento

1 Culture

Trento,August www.muse2012.eu
Countdown is now under way to the opening of MuSe, the new Trentino Science Museum designed by Renzo Piano – he also designed Europe’s tallest building, the Shard in London – which is scheduled for August 2013. The great architect has integrated into his design the Trentino philosophy of “glocal”: act locally, think globally. The highest part of MuSe will, in fact, be dedicated to the mountains: visitors will be pitched into the icy atmosphere of a three thousand metre peak and will experience the feeling of hurling down snowy slopes like an extreme skier or of leaping from the rock face on a paraglider.

SPRINGTIME OF THE RENAISSANCE, SCULPTURE AND ARTS IN FLORENCE, 1400-1460
Florence – Palazzo Strozzi Until 18 August 2013 www.palazzostrozzi.org

This exhibition sets out to illustrate the origin of what is still known today as the “miracle” of the Renaissance in Florence predominantly through masterpieces of sculpture including works by Ghiberti, Donatello, Dello Delli, Filippo Lippi, Nanni di Bartolo, Agostino di Duccio, Michelozzo, Francesco di Valdambrino and Mino da Fiesole, in their newly-conserved splendour.

FIRE AND ICE, THE RUSSIAN AVANT-GARDE, SIBERIA AND THE EAST
Florence – Palazzo Strozzi 21 September 2012 – 19 January 2014 www.palazzostrozzi.org

This is the first international exhibition to examine the fundamental importance of the Oriental and Eurasian connection to Russian Modernism, Featuring artists are: Léon Bakst, Alexandre Benois, Pavel Filonov, Natalia Goncharova, Wassily Kandinsky, Mikhail Larionov, Kazimir Malevich among others.

2 Food and Wine

FIERA DEL CACIO (CHEESE FAIR)
Pienza, near Siena First week of September 2013 www.prolocopienza.it

This old Pienza traditionally festival is dedicated to one of the most traditional products of the Val d’Orcia, pecorino cheese. Food stalls offer tastings of the highly valued produce, and the six contrade, or districts, compete for the Palio in the “cacio al fuso” game.

SAGRA DEL FUNGO PORCINO (PORCINI MUSHROOMS FESTIVAL)
Pievescola (Casole d’Elsa) September 2013 www.casole.it

This highly esteemed September festival brings one of the season’s most distinctive produce to the table: porcini mushrooms. Local women prepare porcini dishes according to ancient recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation.

FESTA DELL’UVA (GRAPES FESTIVAL)
Vagliagli (Castelnuovo Berardenga) September 2013 http://turismo-castelnuovo-berardenga.blogspot.it

In September, the old, characteristic hamlet of Vagliagli, on the edge of the Chianti territory holds painting and photography exhibitions alongside folk and heritage exhibits, a parade of themed floats with men and women in tradition rural costume, inspired by the theme of the grape harvest, dinners with traditional Chianti produce, live music, and open-air dancing.

17TH PARMA HAM FESTIVAL
Parma, Langhirano and towns of Parma ham production. September 2013 www.festivaldelprosciuttodiparma.com

Festival del Proscuitto di Parma. Each year this annual celebration brings over 100,000 visitors to the area, who then indulge in consuming more than 1,000 different types of ham. One of the main attractions of the festival is the “Open Doors” tradition of the ham factories, which offers visitors a chance to discover that the 10 million Parma Hams produced each year by the 164 companies are still made today like they were 2,000 years ago, using only two ingredients: the prized Italian pig leg and a pinch of sea salt.

46TH GRAPE AND LAMBRUSCO GRASPAROSSA WINE FESTIVAL
Castelvetro (Modena) 20-22 September 2013 http://www.comune.castelvetro-di-modena.mo.it

The aim of the festival is to increase the value and consolidate the agriculture of Castelvetro while celebrating the origins and the characteristics of its most important product: the Lambrusco Grasparossa. The programme includes: re-enactments of the peasants’ life during the harvest, exhibitions and tasting of wines.
TASTE OF SALT
Cervia (Ravenna) 6-8 September 2013 www.cerviasaporedisale.it

Salt, once known as “white gold”, is part of Cervia’s tradition and current economy. Every year the city hosts a rich event where salt is the absolute star of a show compose of exhibition, meetings, shows, wine and food, laboratory and street markets.

DOUJA D’OR : food and wine festival in Asti (Piedmont), first 15 days in Sept. www.doujador.it

CHEESE FESTIVAL in Bra (Cuneo), 20-23 Sept 2013 organized by Slow Food Movement www.cheese.slowfood.it

3 Festivals, Music and other events

ARENA DI VERONA
Verona – June 14 / September 2013 www.arena.it

This year the Arena celebrates 100 years. The operas to be performed are: Aida, Romeo et Juliet, Nabucco, Traviata, Trovatore, Rigoletto, plus Requiem Mass , a Verdi Gala and Placido Domingo’s Gala. Arena di Verona welcomes once again artists and public in its magnificent setting.

BOLZANO DANZA
Bolzano – 15-27 July 2013 www.tanzbozen.it

The charming setting of Castel Firmiano hosts the Festival Bolzano Danza. The calendar includes opening shows and side events alike.

59th PUCCINI FESTIVAL
Torre del Lago – July 12 / August 24 2013 www.puccinifestival.it

Torre del Lago hosts the Festival Puccini, created by Puccini himself, since 1930. Operas on show in 2012 are: Cavalleria Rusticana, Il Tabarro, Tosca, Turandot and Rigoletto.

CHIANTI FESTIVAL
Castellina in Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Gaiole in Chianti and Radda in Chianti. July 2013 www.chaiantifestival.com

A journey through theatre and song in the towns of the Chianti Senese, with events in the beautiful piazzas of Castellina in Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Gaiole in Chianti and Radda in Chianti, and free classical and jazz concerts.

14° EDITION OF SUMMER JAMBOREE
Senigallia, Marche, 3-11 August 2013, www.summerjamboree.com

Dedicated to the music and culture in America in the ’40s and ’50s with live concerts of dj set swing, rock’n’roll, jive, doo-wop, rhythm’n’blues, hill-billy and western swing. Stands will sell: juke box, hats, gadgets, guitars, records, CDs and other objects of that era. There will also be a ‘40s and ‘50s classic cars show.

ESTATE MUSICALE CHIGIANA
Siena, Montalcino, Asciano July-August 2013 www.chigiana.it

The churches, abbeys and theatres of the province and city of Siena are the settings for the Chigiana Summer, featuring maestros of international music.

ROSSINI OPERA FESTIVAL
Pesaro, 10th August / 23rd August 2013 www.rossinioperafestival.it

This festival is entirely dedicated to the music and operas of Goacchino Rossini. This year will be the 34th edition of the festival and the programme includes: new productions of “William Tell” and “ L’Italiana in Algeri”, “L’occasione fa il ladro”, “Viaggio a Reims” and “ La Donna del Lago”.

SFERISTERIO OPERA FESTIVAL
Macerata,19 July – 11 August 2013 www.sferisterio.it

The Opera Festival is hosted almost entirely in the magnificent theatre-shaped Sferisterio. Designed in 1823 by architect Ireneo Aleandri, it derives its name from the game played inside: the “armband ball” or Pallone col bracciale. This year the following operas will be on show: Il Trovatore and Nabucco by Verdi and two operas by Benjamin Britten.

52th STRESA FESTIVAL
Stresa – 24 August – 7 September 2013 www.stresafestival.eu

Stresa Festival opens its doors to the public one more time with three themed events, held in a number of venues ( Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta, Val d’Ossola) on various dates.

where else but Venice

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
Venice, 28 August – 7 Sept 2013 (programme tbc) www.labiennale.org
Venice will host the 70th Edition of this film festival, one of the oldest and most famous.

FESTIVAL OF THE MIND
Sarzana. 30 August – 1 September 2013 www.festivaldellamente.it

The first European festival that explores the theme of creativity and dynamic processes created by it in the tireless research for understanding and growth, and takes place in the beautiful Medieval village of Sarzana in Liguria.

MITO SETTEMBRE MUSICA
Turin and Milan. 3 – 22 September 2013 – various locations (programme tbc) www.mitosettembremusica.it

This is a major festival developed from the thirty years experience of Settembre Musica which connects Turin and Milan, in a programme of refined and stirring concerts.

FESTIVALETTERATURA
Mantova –4-8 September 2013 www.festivaletteratura.it

This will be the 17th edition of the Festival of Literature and offers cultural events, readings, shows, concerts, all full of fun and originality.

30th INTERNATIONAL FIAT 500 GATHERING
Garlenda (Savona) 5-7 July 2013, www.500clubitalia.it

The 30th International Fiat 500 Meeting of Garlenda takes place once again in Garlenda in Liguria for Fiat 500 lovers from all over Italy and the world.

4 Folklore and historical events

MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL IN MONTERIGGIONI
Monteriggioni, Siena 5,6,7, 12. 13, 14 July 2013, www.monteriggionimedievale.com

The theme of the festival, is “On the path of the pilgrims: men of honour, arms and faith”. The festival has events which bring the past to life: re-enactments of ancient military techniques, medieval everyday life, crafts and trades, along with jesters, acrobats, itinerant theatre performances and jugglers. The festival takes place in the wonderful Monteriggioni castle. Open from the afternoon to late evening.

FESTIVAL OF THE REDENTORE
Venice – 20-21 July 2013 www.veneziamarketingeventi.it

One of the most popular events in Venice is celebrated each year on the third Sunday of July. Traditionally, the Venetians celebrate this day by having dinner on the Saturday night while watching an incredible display of fireworks that light up the skies over Venice for an hour or more.

HISTORICAL REGATTA
Venice – 1 September 2013 www.veneziamarketingeventi.it

The Grand Canal every year during the first Sunday of September becomes a theatre for one of the greatest of Venetian events, the Historical Regatta, dating back to 1315 under the rule of doge Giovanni Soranzo.

QUINTANA OF FOLIGNO
Foligno – June and September 2013 www.quintana.it

Foligno, in the heart of Umbria and Italy, is famous worldwide for the Quintana, the jousting tournament which in June and September renews the challenge among the knights of its ten “sestieri”.

QUINTANA OF ASCOLI PICENO

Ascoli Piceno – 27 July and 4 August 2013 www.quintanadiascoli.it

Ascoli Piceno in the Marche region, hosts each year the historical Quintana, a re-enactment of Medieval customs and practices. The participants are dressed in Medieval costumes and walk in procession along the streets of the city in each “sestiere” (city quarter), followed by flag bearers and archers.

THE PALIO OF SIENA
Siena – July 2nd/ August 16th 2013 www.comune.siena.it

Everyday life grinds to a halt as Siena celebrates its most ancient and sacred ritual: horses and riders representing ten of Siena’s seventeen contrade, or districts, race around the ring of tufo rock that covers the Piazza del Campo. On 2 July and 16 August it begins in the heart of each contrada with the blessing of the horses, followed by the historical parade to the piazza. Finally, there is the race itself.

CAVALCATA DELL’ASSUNTA in FERMO (Marche)
Fermo – Le Marche – August 15th 2013 www.cavalcatadellassunta.it
The ten “Contrade” (quarters) of the medieval town of Fermo participate with 650 men and women in historical costumes to a horse race every year on 15 August (Ferragosto) in the centre of town. Flag bearers, side shows and food and wine will entertain the visitors.

MEDIEVALIS, MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL
Pontremoli, Tuscany 22-25 August 2013, www.medievalis.org

“Medievalis” is the a Medieval festival that occurs every year in Pontremoli in northern Tuscany. It re-enacts the concession of the status of free Municipality to Pontremoli in 1226 by Emperor Frederick II. For 4 days Pontremoli re-lives this event with groups of actors dressed and Medieval knights and dames, horse-drawn carriages, merchants all dressed in traditional costumes. There will be duels, falcon games, dinners with typical dishes of the 13th century and jousting tournaments.

PALIO DEI NORMANNI DI PIAZZA ARMERINA
Piazza Armerina, Sicily – 12,13, 14 August 2013 www.feditgiochistorici.it

Plutia (the old Piazza Armerina) is home to the most ancient medieval event in Southern Italy which takes place every year from August 12-14 in honour of Madonna Maria SS. Delle Vittorie. The event is a re-enactment of Sicily being conquered in 1060 by the Normans, led by Ruggero of Altavilla.

BRAVIO DELLE BOTTI
Montepulciano, Siena, Last Sunday of August , 25 August 2013 www.braviodellebotti.com

The eight contrade, or districts, of Montepulciano compete to win a painted banner by rolling 80 kg barrels uphill along a 1,800 metre route. The route is chosen in advance, and there are eight starting points, set out in two rows.

THE MACCHINA DI SANTA ROSA PROCESSION
Viterbo – September 3rd 2013 www.facchinidisantarosa.it

Each year the Medieval town of Viterbo in Lazio renews the festivities in honour of its Holy Patron. The Trasporto della Macchina di Santa Rosa, a procession which takes place in the evening of September 3rd to commemorate the relocation of the body of Saint Rosa from the Church of Santa Maria del Poggio to the church of San Damiano (the Sanctuary of Santa Rosa). The Macchina di Santa Rosa is a gigantic structure, nearly 30 metres high, which is carried through the streets by a large team of strong local men.

PALIO DI ASTI in Asti, Piedmont
Asti, 15 September 2013, www.palio.asti.it

One of the oldest Palio’s in Italy this colourful event sees 21 contestants relive the ancient tradition of the Palio in the historic centre of this charming Piedmont town, famous for its sparkling wine, the Asti spumante.

5 Sport

88th EDITION OF THE PALIO DEL GOLFO
1-4 August 2013 La Spezia www.paliodelgolfo.it

The thirteen hamlets of the Gulf compete to win the Palio aboard handmade boats built by local craftsmen, with special characteristics that make them agile and fast. The sport competition is preceded by parades, events, shows and finishes late in the evening on the first Sunday of August, with fireworks displays.

ROCK MASTER FESTIVAL
Arco, Trentino, 31 August – 08 September, www.rockmasterfestival.com

Twenty-five years of Rock Master, ten years of Rock Junior, one World Championship…Arco has become the world’s undisputed rock climbing capital. This is why it has launched from last year a new challenge, the Rock Master Festival: 10 days packed with great sports competitions and outdoor events dedicated to the climbing champions and all those who love outdoor actitivies.

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