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A Musical Summer

26/06/2013

One of the many things Italy is famous for (alongside Prosecco DOCG of course!) is its music, and opera music in particular, who hasn’t heard of Puccini’s Tosca or Las Scala Opera House? In summer, music in Italy comes into its own Here are our top 3 most famous haunts for Italian opera this summer:

The Roman Arena in Verona is host to the Arena d’Verona summer opera season, that begins in mid – June and runs till early September. This magnificent setting was built in the 1st century BC and is the third largest Roman arena in Italy, with an historic precedent for entertainment!

In Tuscany there is a festival to celebrate Puccini himself at his once hometown Torre del Lago. Indeed, Puccini composed many of his operas here, supposedly inspired by the landscape from the banks of Lake Massaciuccoli. Now you will find a modern amphitheatre that showcases many of Puccini’s operas. The festival itself is held in July and August each year.

Another company that manages to marry the historical culture of Rome to its music is Rome’s ‘Teatro dell Opera’ that throughout the summer enacts performances at the Baths of Caracalla. The baths date back to the 1st Century AD and were in use till the 6th Century. Their sheer splendour of the surroundings ensure this is an unmissable event.

Image Copyright: Arena d’Verona