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Events and Entertainment in Italy

Monuments, museums, hotels and restaurants are all very well, but if you want to add some colour and enchantment to your holiday in Italy, do as the Italians do, and seek out some entertainment.

Italy has the most famous opera house in the world, and an unrivalled artistic tradition. It also has colorful festivals, historical pageants and rituals, and one of the world's finest football leagues. There's something for everyone, and I strongly advise you to sample some of the wealth of options Italy presents.


La Scala, Milan

Opera in Italy

Just like the cliches say, opera is at the heart of Italian culture. You really can walk along tiny side-streets, and hear cheerfully-sung arias issuing from shop doorways.


Teatro dell'Opera, Rome


Ballet in Italy

Ballet in Italy has a long and proud past, although nowadays it lacks the popular appeal of opera. The best ballet is to be seen in Milan at La Scala, where the performers and shows are world-class. Rome offers the ballet of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. There are some good companies in Italy, but they frequently lose their best dancers to more prestigious overseas companies. There are quite a few touring companies, and in summer months there are many outdoor performances and festivals. Highlight of the festival season is the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto. The charming Umbrian hill-town gets taken over by music and dance of an international standard. In 2002, dance highlights included Nederlands Dans Theater and a gala featuring dancers from the Royal Ballet, the Bolshoi, the Kirov and others.


Ballet in Rome

Photo of the Stadio Olimpico before the Rome Derby in Spring 2002 courtesy of Footballinrome.co.uk

Italian Football

Good websites which cover both football and the practicalities of seeing a match are:
Football in Italy - a guide to Serie A
Football in Rome - SS Lazio and AS Roma


Festivals in Italy

Italians are very keen on festivals and celebrations of all sorts. Festivals range from local religious processions to avant-garde musical events. There is something for everyone, whether you prefer sampling different wines or watching wild horse races.

 

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The Aosta Valley Region offers, in every season, many kinds of entertainment: from easy walks to high mountain excursions; airplane and helicopter flights; discotheques scattered all over the different valleys, and the thrill of gambling at the Saint-Vincent casino, for the lovers of night-life. In winter time, the "Saison Culturelle" suggests many cultural, theatrical and musical performances, while in summer time concerts and many kinds of exhibitions are held.

 


Click HERE for details about Florence, my favorite Italian city.

A little closer to home, here is a page of info from EPCOT Italy in Orlando, Florida:

 

 

Italy
Epcot

EPCOT
Italy

Introduction
Attraction

Touring Tips
Entertainment
Kids/Characters
Dining

Shopping
Interesting Facts

EPCOT
TOURING

Basic Services
Disabled Travelers
FASTPASS
Overlooked Attractions
Ride Restrictions
Smoking Policy
Tips & Notes
WDW At Large
Park Guide Map
Innoventions East Map
Innoventions West Map

AT A GLANCE...
Attractions
Characters
Restaurants

FUTURE WORLD
Spaceship Earth
The Living Seas
The Land
Journey into
   Imagination

Innoventions
Mission: Space
Test Track
Wonders of Life
Universe of Energy

WORLD SHOWCASE
Mexico
Norway
China
Germany
Italy
American Adventure
Japan
Morocco
France
United Kingdom
Canada

Coming 2005 - Soarin'

ENTERTAINMENT
IllumiNations:
   Reflections of Earth

IllumiNations Boat
    Cruises

Live Entertainment
Off Kilter

SPECIAL EVENTS
Flower & Garden
   Festival
- Spring
Food & Wine Festival -
    Fall

HOLIDAYS
Candlelight
   Processional

Epcot Storytellers
Holidays Around the
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TOURS

SPECIAL REPORTS
Chocolate Around the
    World

Far East Finds a Home
    in Florida - The
    Japan Pavilion

Exotic Treasures Found
    in Morocco

Ice Dreams and Rice
    Creams at Norway

Not Just Kid's Stuff:
    Cranium Command

ARCHIVES
Lord of the Dance
Millennium Celebration
Millennium Village
Shockwave!
The Power of Blast!
Tapestry of Dreams
Tapestry of Nations

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Italy in Epcot

 

INTRODUCTIONItaly in Epcot

As you enter St. Mark's Square, you pass two massive free-standing columns.  At the top of one is St. Theodore, a military leader who played an important role in early Venetian history.  Atop the other column is a winged lion, the mythical guardian of Venice and the symbol of St. Mark.

The architecture is a reproduction of the Doges Palace in Venice.  Since it would be virtually impossible to find an exact duplicate of the marble, the Disney Imagineers created their own.  In this case, the marble is actually fiberglass (covering brick supports) that has been painted and specially treated to resemble the real thing.

 

ATTRACTIONS

The shops and architecture are the featured attractions in Italy.

Epcot Attractions At A Glance

 

DINING

LíOriginale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante  is designed in rich Florentine style.  Alfredo's is based on a famous Roman restaurant of the same name. Fettucine Alfredo is the restaurant specialty.

Epcot Restaurants At A Glance
Menus From Around the World - Epcot

Vegetarian and Other Special Diets

ENTERTAINMENT

Character Masquerade are very entertaining to watch as they pose and dance to classic Italian music!

Imaginum, a living statue act, has moved from the France pavilion to Italy, as well.

For more information on Epcot Live Entertainment, visit Steve Soares WDW Entertainment Website.


Italy in Epcot TOURING TIPS

The Pavilion includes kumquat trees, olive trees and grapevines as well as several "container gardens."

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival - The brand new beautiful patio garden is not to be missed (the sculptures are actually part of an old Regis and Kathy Lee set!)

Holidays from Around the World features storytellers in each country.  In Italy, La Befana makes appearances throughout the afternoon.  La Befana is the good witch who brings gifts to children on the Epiphany, January 6th.  

 

KIDS AND CHARACTERS

Italy in EpcotEach of the World Showcase countries has a special "KIDCOT" area that provides an opportunity for your child to interact with a native of the country you are visiting.

Epcot Passports are great fun for kids as they have them stamped at each pavilion around World Showcase.

Disney Characters appear "On Holiday" in their sightseeing bus around World Showcase. Check your Daily Epcot Guide Map for times and locations.

Epcot Characters At A Glance 
Character Meet and Greet FAQ!


SHOPPING

Il Bel Cristallo Mask DisplayDelizie Italiane - Italian chocolates, candies.
   
Il Bel Cristallo - Murano crystal, Capodimonte florals and figures, glassware, decorative items.
   
La Cucina Italiana - Gourmet foods and cookware, pastries, wines.

INTERESTING FACTS

The statues on the Doges Palace are hollow and are held in place by steel rods which run through the base into the statues themselves.

The city of Venice was the inspiration for the Italian Pavilion.

A smaller version of Campanile includes an angel sculpted using a model of the original and covered in gold leaf. The sea god Neptune is featured at the pavilionís fountain.

Italy in EpcotThe garden is more like a garden patio: blue, white and pink hanging baskets add color to the large buildings and garden walls.  Citrus trees, such as orange and lemon, along with other Mediterranean trees, dominate the landscape.  Flowering plants in authentic containers decorate the plaza.

 

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