Like history and architecture of this beautiful country, Italian music also has deep roots here. It has played a vital role in the Italian culture. In fact, the violin and the piano were invented in Italy, and some forms of classical music can be traced back to sixteenth-century Italian music. From Renaissance composer Palestrina to modern tenor Luciano Pavarotti, Italian music has stood the test of time. And whether it’s a classical performance, an intimate jazz set or a full on knock your socks off rock concert, Italy has music to suit the needs of every type of traveler.
If you are taking the train to your music performance in Italy, you will find it an effortless and comfortable journey in most major cities. Most cities in Italy have main central stations, and some of the larger ones may have one or two other stations depending on their size. Check the schedules and options to see which one appeals to you. You can buy your ticket online in advance or at the station when you travel, whichever you prefer. Getting around to Italian music venues has never been easier.
If music and jazz performances are on your wish list, you will find many events that are specially made for tourists. Jazz music in a Piazza and lakeside concerts abound all over Italy often in the months of July and August. Be sure to check what is going on in the area you are planning to visit so you won’t miss one of these spectacular musical performances.
If a jazz club is more your scene, there are many to choose from. In Bologna, the Cantina Bentivoglio is the most famous jazz club in this area and host music six nights a week for most of the year. If your travels take you to Naples, be sure to check out the Bourbon Street Napoli for live jazz and blues performances. If you visit Siena, Un Tubo is another excellent jazz club.
If you love rock or pop music, Italy has that too. These events shift locations and performers from year to year so check local listings at your destinations to see what is playing when. These events are generally large and will be well advertised well in advance. Some concert venues include the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome and the Fortezza da Basso in Florence.
Classical and folk music performances can be found all over Italy as well. Concerts are held at symphony halls, opera houses and music conservatories all over the country. There are even some music festivals. Some of the popular ones include the Festival Puccini, the Wagner Festival and the Festival of Spoleto.
Whichever type of music you love, Italy has everything from large scale arenas that perform rock concerts to intimate jazz clubs offering live entertainment and everything in between. Since classical and folk Italian music are very popular here as well, you will have your pick of those on your travels to this musical country.