Best Music Festivals in Italy

Posted on October 9, 2018 in Italy Holidays by Ian Davis Tags:

Fri May 2015

Summer is the season of music festivals! Italy is famous for its music festivals and from north to south there are always plenty of events going on, especially during the summer. Whatever your interests may be, from jazz to folk or classical music, you will surely find something for you.

Here are our picks:


The Opera Festival at the Verona Arena has a superb programme and is perfect if you are staying in Northern Italy. Seeing Don Giovanni or Aida in the breathtaking scenery of this Roman amphitheatre is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The 2015 edition has operas and other events scheduled until the first week of September. Have you always wanted to see Carmen? Then this is the perfect fit!

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If you are staying on the Amalfi Coast, it is definitely worth adding an event from Ravello Festival’s rich programme to your holiday plans. Not only does the festival offer the finest music, but also art exhibitions and theatre. All events take place in different venues, but what makes this festival unique is the stunning scenery behind the open-air stage of Villa Rufolo, the Belvedere. The stage is at the the top of a hill flagged only by the blue Mediterranean Sea and the rocky profile of the coast.


If you are heading to Sicily, this is the festival for you. Featuring music, dance, theatre, exhibitions and film screenings, Taormina Arte attracts a great number of visitors every year. Visit before the beginning of September to see some of the best Italian and international artists from every art!


The “Notte della Taranta” has been taking place in Apulia since 1998. It has been created specifically to promote the music and culture of the Salento, one of the most stunning parts of Apulia. You will be able to take part in many events across this beautiful region, but don’t miss the grand finale! Every year this huge concert directed by a Maestro attracts an audience of some 150,000 who come to enjoy the musical traditions of Puglia. Mix with the locals and enjoy the Puglian rhythm!