Aosta Valley, Umbria, and Calabria offer rich calendars of events to celebrate life’s good things
In the summer season, Italians take advantage of the warm weather to enjoy life in the open air. Among the pleasures of life, music, movies, literature, and nature are so important in the Belpaese that every year summer entire festivals celebrate them. Throughout the country, countless events bring joy to visitors and locals alike. This year is no exception. And all the gatherings keeping in line with the latest new government regulations in terms of health security. Here is a selection of what three regions in the north, center, and south of the boot have in store for their guests.
Aosta Valley – Until August 7th, ‘MusiCogne – Musiche di Legno’ returns to Cogne. It is a festival where music is intertwined with culture. While, for cinema lovers, there is the 23rd edition of the ‘Gran Paradiso Film Festival’. The festival of naturalistic cinema this year offers online and open-air screenings. These take place in several locations in the Gran Paradiso National Park – Villeneuve, Aymavilles, Rhêmes-Saint-Georges, Rhêmes-Notre-Dame, and Cogne. Here, on August 22nd, there will be the awards ceremony. While in Cervinia the Festival of mountain films this year focuses on exceptional women’s exploits.
Umbria – Every year the magnificent city of art of Spoleto opens its curtain and welcomes the world. This summer the famous Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of Two Worlds) has been postponed to the end of August. The music and opera festival will take place in two long weekends, from the 20th to the 23rd and from 27th to the 30th. The eight concerts, one for each evening of the calendar, are held at the Roman Theatre or Piazza Duomo, which have a maximum capacity of 250 and 400 seats respectively. Among the awaited performances there are ‘Orfeo’ by Claudio Monteverdi and the Byzantine Academy directed by Ottavio Dantone. For the closing concert, Riccardo Muti will conduct the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini in Piazza Duomo.
Calabria – The 40th edition of the Roccella Jazz Festival “Rumori Mediterranei” (Mediterranean Noises) will take place from August 21st to the 30th. The 18 concerts will spread over 10 days with a new format. On the calendar, there are many original productions. Among them, a celebration of 50 years of the Isle of Wight Festival with a project on Jimi Hendrix and a day dedicated to photography with saxophonist Francesco Cafiso. The location will be the theatre at the castle that can accommodate a maximum of 700 guests.