Featuring many architectural masterpieces, a number of which are in use as remarkable venues for classical music, Bologna is the capital of the exquisite Emilia-Romagna region and one of the great gastronomical cities. Packed with lively plazas and historical wonders, this colorful and hospitable city aims to show visitors an incomparably good time. With an operatic and symphonic tradition as rich as its famous pasta dishes, Bologna’s celebrated position as a UNESCO City of Music promises an unforgettable experience at any concert you may choose to attend – whether in an impressive old basilica, a modern, cheerful concert hall, or a sublimely decorated palazzo.
Florentia, “the florid”, was the name given by the Romans to this small settlement located at the foot of the ancient Etruscan Fiesole. Legendary as a city of flourishing art and culture since the thirteenth century, this Renaissance capital is a monumental center with splendid musical offerings. The theaters, palaces, auditoriums, and churches that grace Florence’s hallowed streets can only be described as ethereal, and the musical tradition that has grown and refined itself here over the centuries is incomparable. It is almost impossible to find a nook in Florence’s stunning (and easy-to-navigate) historical center that contains no architectural gem; this opulent and storied home of the Medici dynasty is still one of the most dazzling spots in the western world – a place to be savored with the ears as well as the eyes. Indulge all of your senses in an opera with wine tasting, an intimate evening of chamber music, or a grand concert in the astonishing city of Florence.
The Eternal City breathes a long and mysterious history, exuding enigmatic sensations of royalty, religion, passion, destruction, and creativity. Rome has a charmed relationship with the number seven, claiming seven famous kings of this land built on seven hills. In fact, the Roman Empire is known to have had many more than seven kings; the number of hills it encompasses is also somewhat larger – and the number of outstanding concert halls and theaters (in addition to Rome’s countless precious museums and monuments) is incalculable. Explore Rome’s dramatic ruins and revel in the luminous accomplishments of this intense people of the Tiber River; Rome’s extensive past can make Italy’s venerated traditions of classical music seem young in comparison, but rest assured that Rome’s dozens of incomparable halls, palaces, theaters, and salons resonate every night with the refined sounds of Europe’s most respected concert artists.
Venice enchants people from all over the world with its distinctive location and scenic bridges. This city of chivalrous gondoliers is not famous not only for its waterways, quaint paths, and fascinating architecture, but also for its classical music: the longtime home of Antonio Vivaldi, Venice has hosted the proud premieres of many of Italy’s most famous operas. The deeply revered musical culture of Venice is reflected in the architectural splendor of its abundant houses, from the most evocative Renaissance churches to the most innovative modern theater. Here you can experience some of the world’s great classical artists; discover the luxurious yet lighthearted feeling of concert life on the Adriatic in one of Venice’s brightly sparkling halls.
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