Month: July 2011

86th edition of the Traditional Rowing Race in La Spezia

On August, 7th 2011, the most beloved sport event in La Spezia will come back: the Palio del Golfo (the Rowing Race of the Gulf), which on its 86th edition, also this year will present many surprises, side events and shows.

The Palio of La Spezia, taking place every first Sunday of August in the waters in front of the promenade of the city (Morin), is a challenging rowing race among 13 fishing boats handmade by local craftsmen, created with peculiar features in order to make them faster in water.

Such a rowing race takes its origins from

Versiliana Festival 2011 in Pietrasanta: Theater Performances, Comedians and Ballets

The 32nd edition of Versiliana Festival has just begun for a month but will keep on entertaining spectators until 31st August 2011.

Versiliana Festival, the most important event of Versilia’s cultural summer, keeps on presenting its magical theater performances, ballets, concerts and the shows of the best Italian comedians in the city of Pietrasanta placed on the Versilia Coast (Tuscany).

The next appointment at the great open-air theater of Parco della Versiliana will be with the performance “I Masnadieri” going on stage on 29th and 30th July 2011.

On 31st July, the Italian comedian

Liguria Lights up Summer 2011 with the Festival of the Sea in Levanto

On 24th and 25th July 2011, the great celebrations come back in the beautiful city of Levanto, in the province of La Spezia (Liguria Region): the 43rd edition of the Festival of the Sea.

The event is celebrated every year in honor of St Giacomo, the protector saint of the seafaring community. Initially, the event had a purely religious character, but soon it was integrated with the medieval birth of the Municipality of Levanto in 1230.

The most spectacular parts of the festival take place on 24th and 25th July (St Giacomo’s day), with historical processions, medieval tournaments, and the procession of the crucifixes and the statue of the Saint.

At nightfall the gulf sea is illuminated with ten thousand large candles with fireworks

57th Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago presents its 2011Playbill

The most awaited summer event in Versilia is coming back: the 57th Puccini Festival will take place from 22nd July to 27th August 2011 at the Great Open-air Theatre dedicated to Giacomo Puccini in Torre del Lago.

Since 1930, the Puccini festival has become a more and more famous event gathering thousands spectators from all over the world. Its 2011 Playbill schedules two new stagings: La Bohème and Madama Butterfly coproduced with the Japanese NPO, besides Turandot.

Torre del Lago, home of the Puccini Festival, lies between the Lake of Massaciuccoli and the Tyrrhenian Sea, 4 km far from the magnificent beaches of Viareggio on the Tuscan Riviera, 18 km from Lucca and Pisa. The Festival welcomes about 40.000 spectators

Redentore Festival 2011 in Venice

Redentore Festival in the beautiful and charming city of Venice is coming back. It’s one of the most ancient and traditional events of Venice and since 1576 it has been celebrating.

This year the event will be held on July, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th 2011. Venetians love this kind of celebration and most of all they wait for the famous and magical night of fireworks in the lagoon. A real light show surrounded by a charming atmosphere!

In the past, such an event was celebrated to remember the end of one of the most serious plague epidemics in Venice.

On Saturday 16th July 2011, Venetians will begin with the preparations of the boats and the deliciousness for the dinner. Visitors will have the chance to see the celebrations of Redentore Festival taking a seat in the several balconies, on boats or in the streets of the city, even enjoying one of the many interesting itineraries in Venice.

And now, let’s have a look at the events scheduled:

Saturday 16th July 2011 – At 7 p.m., the votive bridge made up of punts joining the Redentore Church with the Giudecca Island will be open. At 9.30 p.m., the will be a concert of Banda Musicale di Tessera C.C.R.T. at Fondamenta Zattere who will play Venetian traditional music. At 11.30 p.m., a striking fireworks show will wonder the crowd in the St. Mark’s Basin (on the background of the famous, stunning Piazza San Marco) until midnight.

Sunday 17th July 2011 – At 11.30 a.m. Giardini della Marinaressa (Riva Sette Martiri) will be open to the public. The Redentore Regattas will begin at 4 p.m., whereas at 7 p.m. the Holy Mass will be held at Redentore Church.

In addition, an extraordinary public transportation service will be activated on this occasion. In the night of Saturday 16th July, the following trains will be extraordinarily activated from Venice to the main cities of the Veneto Region:

- From Venice Santa Lucia to Mestre: departures at 01:01 – 01:10 – 01:20 – 01:50 – 02:05 a.m.
- From Venice Santa Lucia to Padova: departures at 02:10 a.m., with stops in all the stations but Porto Marghera;
- From Venice Santa Lucia to Treviso: departures at 02:42 a.m., with stops in Mestre, Mogliano Veneto, Preganziol;
- From Venice Santa Lucia to Vicenza: departures at 02:50 a.m., with stops in all the stations but Porto Marghera.

Finally, the “People Mover”, the cable railway linking Tronchetto Island to the maritime station and Piazzale Roma, in the night of Saturday 16th July will be active until 3 a.m. (last departure at 2.50 a.m.).

If you haven’t yet visited Venice, this could be the perfect occasion for doing it!

For having more information about events in Venice, useful addresses, phone numbers, maps, or just to book a hotel in Venice, please visit the website About Venice.