Early fall is a perfect time to visit the art cities in Italy. Not only you’ll be able to avoid the peak-season crowds while enjoying comfortable weather, you also have the chance to attend a number of major events held in September and October.
Below is a quick guide to some of major events held in Venice, Rome, Florence and Parma, in September and in October.
Florence hosts Wine Town Florence, a wine festival held September 24 and 25, that brings together wine, lifestyle, culture and territory. It offers music and theatrical events throughout Florence’s historical center as well as wine tastings held in cloisters and spaces inside some of the most impressive and historical Florentine buildings.
Venice hosts a number of events appealing lovers of sculpture, gardening and music. From September through October a contemporary sculpture and installation exhibition, OPEN, will be held in the Lido area of Venice. It showcases emerging international talent.
In the weekends between Sep 25 and Oct 11, the Festival of Venetian Gardens features a number of tours, led by a team of landscape artists, historians and botanists, through some of most impressive Venice’s gardens and villas.
The International Festival of Contemporary Music offers throughout September musical theatre, theatrical concerts and micro-opera at various venues such as the Teatro La Fenice, Piccolo Teatro Arsenale and Teatro Alle Tese.
In Rome, throughout October Appia Antica Park hosts the International Storytelling Festival, with stories, myths and legends from around the world come alive in one of the most impressive ancient Rome sites. Texts are translated and read in both Italian and English.
Finally, Verdi Festival in Parma, held in October, is an event lovers of the great music can’t miss. It is a month-long festival of operas and concerts held at the Teatro Regio and smaller venues around the city of Parma.