Your guide to the festivals in the world!

The Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival is produced by the Center of Musical Studies of Washington, in conjunction with the Accademia Jacopo Napoli of Salerno, Italy, and Artis International. The festival is based in Vietri sul Mare, Italy, and features a month of concerts each summer throughout the magnificent area of the Amalfi Coast, in towns such as Amalfi, Ravello, Sorrento, and Paestum. Concerts take place daily and include chamber music with the Fine Arts Quartet, piano recitals, vocal performances and opera. The festival also presents a rich program in the visual arts, offering courses in painting and ceramics, in addition to intensive workshops in fiction, poetry, and memorir for writers of all levels.

The festival, founded in 1995,  is a vibrant community that brings together performing artists, visual artists, students, teachers, and music aficionados from different countries to interact and learn from each other while involved in the creative process. In this stimulating and supportive environment, participants form long-lasting friendships and professional associations. Local towns are all involved in the festivities by hosting receptions and boat rides.

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This festival is taking place in Vietri sul Mare, Campania, Italy from July 1 to July 30, 2012 and is suitable for people 18 and over. For more information, please visit

The Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival takes the form of two  activities: Institute (The Academy) which offers training and lessons and the Festival that  implements  events and shows (instrumental concertos; production of opera and opera scenes, exhibitions and art workshops  open to the public)

Tourist Information Center:
A.P.T. Amalfi – Via delle Repubbliche Marinare Amalfi
Phone : +39 089 871107


Opera Festival

The Verona Opera Festival (Festival Lirico) is held in the magnificent setting of the Arena di Verona and offers a representation of six masterpieces of the Opera over 49 nights.

This musical festival was inaugurated in 1913 to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi. It has since become one of the major events concerning the Opera. The performances can boast cast and orchestra leaders  of international fame.

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This festival occurs every year in Verona, Veneto, Italy and is suitable for people 18 and above. This year it is happening from June 22 to September 2.

For more information and ticket purchase, please visit

Tourist Information Center:
IAT Verona – Via degli alpini 9 , Verona
Phone +39 045-8068680

Giffoni Film Festival

The Giffoni International Film Festival is the largest children’s film festival in Europe, and possibly the World. It takes place in the little Italian town of Giffoni Valle Piana in Southern Italy, close to Salerno. Over 2,000 kids attend the festival from 39 countries around the world. During the festival, the kids watch the films, learn about the filmmaking process, and are called to judge the films and award the best ones with prizes. This  festival has had a great impact in the history of entertainment and culture, not only in Italy, and it has developed a high reputation internationally. Every year the festival attracts 100,000 guests, directors, producers, and movie stars.

The Giffoni Film Festival was born in 1971 from a Claudio Gubitosi idea: promoting and developing cinema for young people, elevating it from the marginal position it had back in those days, and leading it where it belongs:  a high quality genre capable of “penetrating” the market.

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This film festival is taking place from July 14 to 24, 2012 and occurs every year in Giffoni Valle Piana, Campania, Italy. It is suitable for people of all ages.

With its 38 annuals, the Giffoni Film Festival is certainly an incredible authoritative example for all the other festivals worldwide. Over the years it has also become an international agency of youth culture especially because of its decision to study, research, anticipate trends and offer valid suggestions to young people. The interest in young  international film authors, the quality  of the films presented and the ability to make so many cultures and countries come together have made Giffoni the unquestionable leader of the children and family sector.

Tourist Information Center:
A.P.T. Giffoni Valle Piana – Via Vignadonica, 19
84095 Giffoni Valle Piana
Phone : +39 0899828711

Redentore Day

The Redentore Day is a festival that is particularly popular with Venetians as it combines a religious theme with a spectacular celebration that attracts thousands of visitors. On Saturday night, the inimitable setting of St. Mark’s Basin hosts a phantasmagorical firework display that lights up the spires, domes and bell towers of the city with a kaleidoscope of colours and reflections. At dusk, just as they have done for centuries, numerous small boats decked out with balloons, decorations and brightly coloured lanterns, begin to flock into St. Mark’s Bay and the Giudecca Canal. The boats then moor alongside each other and all the participants enjoy a sumptuous dinner of traditional Venetian specialities while they wait for the firework display that begins at 11.30pm and lasts until well past midnight.

The Festa del Redentore is a tradition that dates back to 1577. It was first held to celebrate the city’s deliverance from a terrible plague and the construction of Palladio’s “Redentore” (Redeemer) Church, commissioned for the same reason. The Church, built on the Island of the Giudecca, can still be reached by pilgrims during the festival by means of an impressive 330-metre-long pontoon bridge. The “Redentore” celebrations include a solemn religious service and procession presided over by the patriarch of the city, and the weekend ends with a series of gondola races, organised as part of the “Voga alla Veneta” rowing season.


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This festival takes place every year  on the same weekend in Venice, Veneto, Italy, and is suitable for people of all ages. This year, it is happening from July 14 to 15.

The Redentore day celebrates the end of the plague that spread through the city of Venice from 1575 to 1577, causing terrible losses of population. Almost 50,000 died, which was more than a third of the city’s inhabitants. In 1576, on the 4th September, the Senate decided that the Doge should announce the vow to erect a church dedicated to the Redentore (Redeemer), for asking him to stop the terrible plague, with the promise of celebrating it every year. The church was built after Palladio’s project in the island of Giudecca. In 1577, on July 13, the plague was declared definitively over and many people who survived it crossed the channel on the bridge, built for this occasion. Since that day it was decided that the city’s liberation from the terrible disease should be celebrated every year on the third Sunday of July, with a religious rite and a popular holiday.

For more information, please visit:

Tourist Information Center:
APT della Provincia di Venezia Castello 5050, 30122 Venezia
Tel. +39 0415298711
Fax +39 0415230399

Porretta Soul Festival

The Porretta Soul Festival takes place usually in the third decade of July at Rufus Thomas Park in Porretta Terme in the province of Bologna. The festival, divided into four evenings, features international stars of soul music.

Since 1988 the Porretta Soul Festival, a Tribute to Otis Redding has become the most prestigious European event entirely dedicated to rhythm & blues and soul music: and particularly to the Memphis Sound, the music school of the great Otis Redding, to whom the festival is dedicated. Over the past 20 years the biggest names in soul have come to Porretta, many of them especially for the Festival on their first trip to Europe; others, authentic legends, were discovered in unknown spots in the Deep South of U.S.A. and introduced to the international public and press who spoke of the “miracle” of Porretta as the musical event of the year.

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2012 celebrates the 25th anniversar of this musical festival. It is taken place from July 19 to 22 in Porretta Terme, Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is suitable for people 18 and over.

Porretta Terme is a popular holiday destination famous for its thermal baths and is situated on the border between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. The Porretta Soult Festival offers  a free entrance on the first evening of the festival while tickets for the other evenings can be bought on line at

For more information please visit

Tourist Information Center:
Piazza Libertà, 11 – 40046 Porretta Terme (BO)
Tel. +39 053422021
Fax +39 053422328

Tournament of Niballo

The Niballo is one of the oldest and best-known medieval jousting that takes place every year on the 4th Sunday in June at the Stadium “Bruno Neri” The challenge iinvolves the knights of the 5 historic districts in Faenza: White (Borgo Durbecco), Yellow (Porta Ponte), Black (Porta Ravegnana), Red (Porta  Imola), Green (Porta Montanara.) The tournament is a horse race at gallop during which knights must hit with a spear the target  placed at the end of the two arms of a puppet called Niballo.

The first official news of the Niballo Tournament dates back to February 13, 1596. Some documents confirm that this competition was held until 1796. The first edition of the Tournament  in its modern version, was held  on Sunday, June 28, 1959, the eve of the patronal feast of St. Peter.

This historical festival is taking place every 4th Sunday of June in Faenza, Emilia Romagna, Italy and is suitable for people of all ages.


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The public has free acess to the rehearsal s of the tournament  that are held during the days before the event.  The tournament is preceded by a historical pageant in which  take part  more than 400 participants representing the five districts  of Faenza.

For more information, please visit

Tourist Information Center:
I.A.T. Faenza – Voltone della Molinella, 2 – Faenza
Phone: +39 0546 25231

Ischia Film Festival

Ischia Film Festival is one of the most popular festivals in Europe dedicated to the creation of works of contemporary theatre and represented by dozens of young actors and companies.

The Festival of the Hills was founded in 1996 to offer actors performances during the summer using locations such as villas, castles, churches in the hills around Turin, on the right bank of the River Po. The festival’s artistic evolution has led in recent years to qualify it as a recognized European showcase of contemporary creation of a more experimental and innovative theater.

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This film festival is taken place every year in Ischia, Campania, Italy and is suitable for those who are 18 and older. The festival dates for this year is from June 30 to July 7.

To attend shows and other events of the Ischia Film Festival it is necessary to have the accreditation pass. The accreditation for the audience is a “cultural accreditation” and gives free access to all the festival shows Audience can apply for the accreditation and book it online on festival  website or  can apply for it during the festival at the INFO POINT in Piazzale Aragonese in Ischia.

For more information, please visit

Tourist Information Center:
APT Ischia – Via A. Sogliuzzo, Ischia
Phone: +39 081.5074211