Have you ever noticed just how many theatres, amphitheatres and arenas there are in Italy? All of them, including the Coliseum, are used for performances and events of all sorts. Places steeped in ancient history and culture, but which also lend themselves beautifully to huge concerts by famous pop stars. And if there is not enough space, then football stadiums stash away the balls, open their fields and let their grass be trampled by thousands of fans, many of whom come from abroad.
Millions of tourists flock to our museums, they stand patiently in long lines waiting their turn to admire the art within. Whether the exhibit is a permanent one or a temporary one, whether the venue is a museum, art gallery or archaeological dig, there is so very much art in Italy that it’s sometimes hard to choose what to go see.
And summer in Italy means festivals, of all types, from Umbria Jazz in Perugia to the opera in Verona, the 2Worlds Festival in Spoleto, the Sounds of the Dolomites, Nights of Tarantula and so many others.
Milan, during Fashion Week, is taken over by stylists, models, make-up artists, photographers and hangers-on that occupy every hotel room. And the same thing happens in the other cities when they hold fashion-related events, like, for example, Pitti Uomo in Florence.
Venice becomes an even more popular destination when Carnival rolls around, and when the Biennale is on.
And Rome is home to a major event each and every Sunday: when the faithful flock to the Vatican for the Holy Mass celebrated on the square by Pope Francis.
Every town has its own sagra, or festivity: they sing and dance, roam the stalls, eat street food and take rides. People, so many people, love to go to them and just mix in with the locals so that, at least for one day, they too can feel Italian.