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End of summer in Lombardy: 5 unmissable events
From the Festa dell’Opera in Brescia to the Gran Premio Nuvolari in Mantua. Our guide to 5 unmissable events in Lombardy from September 10th to September 16th, 2018.
1. FESTA DELL’OPERA 2018
Brescia | 15th September 2018
Every year, for a day, Brescia becomes the Opera capital of the world. From the Church of San Giorgio to the porticos of the Loggia, more than 50 locations will echo sounds and music, with hundreds of artists involved. This year, the Bel Canto marathon will begin at dawn with “Arie di Luce” in the garden of Palazzo Vescovile, and will end at half past midnight with the “Gran Finale” in Piazza del Foro. As always, the Teatro Grande will be the life of the party. An invitation to everyone, young or old, sound-lover or newbie, to immerse in the city, while being carried away by the music. Admission to all concerts is free and, since “Opera doesn’t eat your appetite”, theme menus and other delicacies will top off the celebration!
Tirano | From September 14th to September 16th, 2018
Once again, the historical residences and palaces of Tirano will open their doors to EroicoRosso, a three-day festival for food and wine lovers. At the crossroads of the Alps, the undisputed protagonist will be the most celebrated wine of Valtellina: the Sforzato DOCG, the first dry red passito wine worth the “Controlled and Guaranteed Denomination of Origin” status. This year, visitors will sip a glass of wine also in Palazzo Camagni, one of the stop-overs of the two enogastronomic itineraries scheduled for Friday and Saturday, from 9 pm till midnight. In addition, the Sforzato Wine Festival will invite guests to taste some of Valtellina’s most delicious and traditional food: not only cured pork meats and preserves, but also the legendary chisciöls, i.e. buckwheat pancakes topped with Casera cheese. Those who desire to test their sommelier skills should not miss the blind wine tasting by Sforzato Winelab, scheduled for Saturday 15. On the agenda, also the Live recipes by “Cuochi a Palazzo”.
3. MILANO BIKE CITY
Milan | From September 16th to September 30th, 2018
The European Mobility Week is back again this year! Heading towards sustainability, Milan will organize a series of events, lasting 15 days and revolving around cycling. From the town centre to the suburbs, more than two hundred happenings - including exhibitions, contests, bike rides and workshops - will liven up the city. From the fixed gear bike races at Velodromo Vigorelli to the scavenger hunt between the neighbourhoods of San Cristoforo and Greco Pirelli. From the cycle polo tournaments to the uphill time trial in Corso Lodi. From the photo exhibitions to the themed film festivals. A sprawled palimpsest aimed at promoting and familiarizing with the two-wheel, zero-emission culture. The closing event of Milano Bike City? Milano Ride, the sporting event launched by Linus in 2017 which will culminate on September 30 with Deejay 100, a bike ride around the city from and to Via Boezio.
4. GRAN PREMIO NUVOLARI
Mantua | From September 14th to September 16th, 2018
Cars and crews from all over the world will gather in Mantua for the Gran Premio Nuvolari, one of the most highly anticipated events for historical car lovers. The 28th edition of the race, organized to honour the great “Nivola”, will cover more than a thousand kilometres through some of the most beautiful Italian panoramic routes, from the Po Valley to Umbria, moving up the Adriatic coast. The appointment is for Friday, at 11 am, in Piazza Sordello, for a suggestive classic car show. On Sunday afternoon, the award ceremony.
5. OPEN VILLAS IN BRIANZA
Brianza | From September 15th to September 30th, 2018
The 16th edition of “Ville Aperte” will bring visitors to new destinations across the provinces of Monza, Lecco, Como and, for the very first time, Varese. Sixty-nine towns have joined this initiative, and more than 150 public and private monuments will open to the public. The “Ville di Delizia”, in northern Milan, will not only open up their marvellous gardens and parks, but also their churches and museums. From the elegance of Villa Borromeo d’Adda in Arcore to the Italian garden of Palazzo Arese Borromeo. Amongst the special projects, a series of lectures for kids. All events and guided tours can be booked online.
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