Best Summer Music Festivals in Italy

Are you planning on experiencing Italy during the summer? If you are an organized traveler you probably have a detailed itinerary, you’ve booked tours and museum tickets in advance and you’ve considered all the options for your transfers. But have you thought about attending to an opera, concert or ballet during your stay? We’ve got a list of the best summer music festivals you can enjoy outdoors, under the moonlight, in ancient spellbinding locations around Italy. After visiting museums and tourist locations during the day, dress up  – a full dark suit for men and an elegant dress for ladies is required – and join the best summer music festivals in Italy!

Teatro dell’Opera – Baths of Caracalla

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Baths of Caracalla, Rome (credits: Wikimedia – Zavijavah)

The definitive event of your vacanze romane has to be attending to an opera or a ballet. Le Terme di Caracalla (Baths of Caracalla) were the second largest public baths in Rome between AD 212 and 216. Today they are a tourist attraction in the capital and the breathtaking outdoor setting of the Teatro dell’Opera during the summertime. Attending an opera or ballet among this Roman ruins is without doubt an unforgettable experience.


– Ballets: Il lago dei cigni (Swan Lake) and Roberto Bolle and Friends (he does a performance usually every summer but you need to book tickets far in advance because they sell out very quickly!)

– Operas: La Boheme and Il barbiere di Siviglia

Where – The Baths of Caracalla are located at via delle Terme di Caracalla, 52, a 15 minutes walk from the Circus Maximus.

Arena di Verona

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The Arena di Verona is internationally famous for its large-scale opera performances

Appreciate opera at its best! The Roman Arena in Verona is the third largest in Italy and dates back to the first century AD. It is a striking setting and with space for 14,000 spectators is famous for being the world’s largest opera theater. Furthermore Verona is an enchanting and picturesque city and you can visit it within a day. Walk through the vie of this UNESCO World Heritage city and make sure to include in Juliet’s house and Castelvecchio museum  in your visit, then go back to your hotel and get ready for your Arena experience!


– Ballet: Roberto Bolle & Friends

– Operas: Turandot, Carmen, Un ballo in maschera, Aida, Madama Butterfly, and Romeo and Juliet.

– Concerts: Placido Domingo sings Verdi and Carmina Burana

Where – The Arena di Verona is located in Piazza Bra, in the heart of the inner city. For a full veronese experience I suggest you to have an aperitivo before the event. Pick one of the many bars of the liston – the wide sidewalk that borders Piazza Bra, curving around the Arena – and enjoy the view while sipping a glass of Italian wine.

Puccini Festival

The Puccini Festival is a summer opera event in Torre del Lago (Tuscany) held in honor of the famous Italian composer and its operas. The performances take place in the setting of the open-air Teatro dei Quattromila. The festival started in 1930, six years after the death of the composer and attracts about forty thousand spectators every season.


– Operas: Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, Il Trittico, and Turandot

Where – The Puccini Festival takes place in Tuscany, precisely at Torre del Lago, which is just west of Lucca and immediately south of Viareggio. It is an easy trip from Lucca, Pisa and Florence.

Sferisterio Opera Festival

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Sferisterio by night

The open-air arena that houses this festival has a peculiar story. The construction began in 1819 and it was originally intended to be a stadium of handball, a popular sport at the time. But the arrival of soccer in the first years of 1900 quickly cut short the reign of the sport, and the arena started hosting operas – the first was Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma in 1914. Today it is one of Europe’s best venues for operatic performances.


– Operas: Aida, Tosca, La Traviata

Where – The Sferisterio Opera Festival takes place in the picturesque countryside of Macerata, in the Marche region.

Ravello Concert Society

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The Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s top coast destinations

Unlike the aforementioned venues and shows, the Ravello Concert Society is a chamber music festival, in the Amalfi Coast. Usually the performances are conducted at Villa Rufolo but during the summertime, when the weather is good, you can enjoy the concerts outdoors.


You can access the concert schedule here.

Where – The Ravello Concert Society holds concerts indoors and outdoors in different venues in Ravello.


Have you been to any of these music festivals?



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