Spoleto Festival – Spoleto, Umbria, Italy
Music Under the Umbrian Stars
The world-class Spoleto Festival (formerly known as the Festival of Two Worlds) brought Spoleto back into the limelight in 1957 after centuries of historical obscurity. Such obscurity kept the medieval town virtually untouched, making Spoleto an inimitable setting for three weeks of high-quality dance, music, art, and drama courtesy of world- renowned artistic talents, including Luciano Pavarotti, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, and many, many others.
Come for the grand finale where an enraptured audience sits on the graduated steps that lead up and out of the Piazza Duomo. The day’s last light illuminates the gold mosaics of the church’s 12th-century facade while sparrows dart about before sunset to the strains of Beethoven or Mozart.
Italian-American founder and composer Gian Carlo Menotti visited more than thirty hill towns in Tuscany and Umbria before succumbing to Spoleto’s perfect charms.