Vittoriale Music Festival 1 July – 12 August 2012

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This year’s Vittoriale Music Festival takes place throughout July and August in Lake Garda’s Gardone Riviera, as Crystal Summer found out.

Lake Garda in northern Italy is one of the country’s and Crystal Summer’s top tourist destinations. Besides the culture, history, fine wines and dining expected of Italy, this region also offers spectacular landscapes. From the rugged and steep mountains of the north to the gentle vineyard hills and fruit orchards of the south of Lake Garda, the region is perhaps best known for its scenery. The emerald green waters of Lake Garda are surrounded by delightful towns, each one slightly different. The town of Gardone Riviera, on the western shoreline of Lake Garda, is famed for its natural beauty and authentic atmosphere. Less commercialised than many Lake Garda towns, Gardone Riviera’s pedestrianised town centre sits around a pretty tree lined harbour. Colourful sub-tropical plants flourish around the cobbled streets which house elegant shops and inviting cafés. Just out of the town centre, set in to the hillside, is the Vittoriale degli Italiani villa. Originally home to the famous poet Gabrielle D’Annunzio, the villa is now open to the public. As well as a museum, the grounds also include extensive gardens filled with statues and tropical plants, as well as an entire World War battleship and amphitheatre.

The Vittoriale degli Italiani villa hosts the annual Vittoriale Music Festival, this year running from 1 July – 12 August 2012. The festival brings together international artists performing plays, operettas, classical music and ballet. Huge names such as the New York City Ballet Company, Patti Smith and the Buena Vista Social Club will be among those performing this year. Performances take place in an open-air theatre with views of Lake Garda’s beautiful countryside. The theatre, designed by architect Gian Carlo Maroni, is the largest in the Lake Garda area, seating 1,500 people. Performances continue over the next couple of weeks, with tickets still available.

Crystal Summer offer a range of summer holidays to Gardone Riviera and other towns around Lake Garda. Lake and beach holidays are available to destinations throughout Europe, some of which offer golf breaks.

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Marion Telsnig
Crystal Summer
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