Month: July 2012

Appointment with Versiliana Festival

In memory of the great Italian poet Gabriele D’Annunzio, 33rd edition of Versiliana Festival has just begun and will keep on entertaining spectators until 25th August, with magical theatre performances, concerts, shows…


Versiliana Festival is the most important event of Versilia’s cultural summer. It takes place at the open-air theatre of Parco della Versiliana in the city of Pietrasanta (Versilia coast, Tuscany).

44th Festival of the Sea in Levanto, a colorful explosion

On 24th and 25th July 2012, the great celebration comes back in the beautiful city of Levanto, in the province of La Spezia (Liguria Region): the 44th edition of the Festival of the Sea.


Since 1968, the event is celebrated every year in honor of St Giacomo, the protector saint of the seafaring community.


At the beginning, the feast had a purely religious character, but soon it was integrated with the medieval birth of the Municipality of Levanto in 1230.

“Ritorno ad Itaca”, an anthological exhibition

You still have time until July 29th 2012 for visiting the exhibition entitled “Return to Itaca” by the Ligurian artist Carmen Spigno.

From Friday 6th July 2012 the painter’s works are put on display at the “Fortezza del Priamar” in the city of Savona (Liguria Region).

The artist chose not to use traditional colours and all paintings have been created with soil colours, which have been dried in the sun and then amalgamated with resin produced by trees formerly dissolved in water.

The exhibition’s title “Return to Itaca” comes from the novel of the writer Paolo Coelho, “The Zahir”, which tells about the troubled journey of a man who is searching for the meaning of his existence, just as Ulysses, who travelled to Ithaca for seeking knowledge.

Cinque Terre, a corner of Paradise in Liguria Region

Cinque Terre are five wonderful old villages located in the Italian Region of Liguria, just by the sea.

The names of such outstanding villages are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. All the towns slope down to sea-level except for Corniglia, which is perched on top of a tall cliff.

They are famous all around the world for their blooming, luxuriant Mediterranean vegetation and fabulous landscapes, and they are part of World Heritage of Unesco.

With their miles and miles of breathtaking trails, the Cinque Terre along the Italian Riviera is

58th Festival Puccini. Art goes on stage


The appointment with “Festival Puccini“, currently in its 58th edition, comes back from Friday 20th July to Wednesday 25th August in the Gran Teatro all’Aperto Giacomo Puccini of Torre del Lago.

The Puccini Festival was born in 1930 as a personal wish of the Maestro Giacomo Puccini.


Even if once in a lifetime, he would have listened one of his operas resound on the shores of the lake where he composed them.

Six years after his dead, for the first time his friends put on stage “La Bohème“.

The festival has become a more and more famous event gathering thousands spectators from all over the world.

It attracts opera lovers and tourists who wish to visit the places where the most beloved composer of 20th century lived.

You can also visit Torre del Lago, which is a small town between Lake Massaciuccoli and the sea.

Puccini called this area a real “paradise” and he was right because the lake is very peaceful and it’s a perfect location for a relaxing holiday.