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The sumptuous opera houses in Milan, Naples, Venice and Palermo are without doubt some of the most impressive in Europe but if you want to combine a visit to the opera with a short Spring break or summer holiday, there are some excellent open air options. Between April and October, you can enjoy an al fresco performance in Verona, Macerata, at Tuscany’s Torre del Lago or at the Ravello Music Festival on the Amalfi Coast.
 


Opera in Verona (end of June - end of August)

With an extraordinary capacity of 14,000, the ancient Roman amphitheatre is as much about the venue and experience as the music. 
When you are not opera-watching, head to the Corso di Porta Borsari for some retail therapy or explore the nearby towns of Vicenza, Mantua or the southern shores of Lake Garda.


Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago (mid July-mid August)

With a fabulous setting overlooking the lake, the two-week festival is dedicated to Giacomo Puccini who wrote several of his operas at his lakeside villa in Torre del Lago. One of Italy’s top summer music festivals, the programme features some of the great Puccini classics – Tosca, Turandot, Madame Butterfly and La Bohème. Local attractions include the wide, sandy Versilian beaches, the walled city of Lucca and the small town of Pietrasanta with its magnificent piazza and summer-long art installations.


Ravello Music Festival (April-October)

Set against the impossibly beautiful backdrop of the Amalfi Coast, the Ravello Music Festival features a varied programme of chamber music and piano recitals. Concerts take place either in the gardens of the Villa Rufolo, reputedly Wagner’s inspiration for the enchanted garden in his opera Parsifal, in the villa’s auditorium or in the spectacular Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium in the pretty town of Scala.


Macerata Opera Festival (22 July-13 August)

In the heart of the magnificent Le Marche countryside, the Arena Sferisterio in Macerata showcased its first opera in 1914. Today the spectacular open-air arena is home to an annual three-week festival that attracts some of the world’s leading musicians. 


Teatro Massimo in Palermo (September to June)

The Teatro Massimo in Palermo is one of the leading opera houses in Europe with a year-round programme of opera, ballet and music.
The lavish red and gold interior has undergone a 25-year restoration programme, re-opening in 1997 to much-acclaimed praise both for its décor and acoustics.