One of them, surely deserving a particular attention, is Carniarmonie, the international music festival of the Friulian mountains. It will celebrate its 29th year running by involving 25 towns scattered in Carnia's beautiful natural scenery, where 41 concerts will be held starting from July 18th up to September 6th.
The live sets will be hosted mostly in ancient churches and chapels, places full of history and marvellous art. Some of them will take place open air too, up in the meadows or near some malga (mountain cottage). Actually Carniarmonie also teamed up with Risonanze Festival which used to set performances in the woods of Valcanale: along with them, four special concerts will be showcased in Val Saisera, two of them in Malga Saisera, and the festival will also give tourists the chance to experience some immersive walks in the surrounding nature.
Due to the special rules established (as social distancing) for live music in Italy, reservations must be made for every concert: by 1 p.m. of the same day, or by 1 p.m. of the day after if the concert is scheduled for Sunday or a festive day.
From classical music to movie tributes
The festival's program is packed with foreign and Italian artists from varied musical background. Though classical music is the prevalent genre, there's enough room for swing, gospel and movie soundtracks too. Like Felliniana, a tribute to Italian director Federico Fellini on the 100th anniversary of his birth, through the wonderful scores written by the great Nino Rota for his movies, or Musiche da Oscar (Oscars' winning musics) paying tribute to the likes of Yann Tiersen, Henry Mancini or Ennio Morricone, who recently passed away.
There are interesting lives like Music From East, devoted to Russian and Eastern European composers, or Cellomania with a cello duo. Christian Lavernier will perform his own compositions with his amazing 11 strings guitar, and The 1000 streets' Orchestra meets Les Babettes will swing the night around. If you're interested in the local traditions, then you can't miss Memorie dal Passato (Memories from the past) with an alpenhorn and a bayan (a Russian accordion).
Mountains and gorgeous towns, what a backdrop!
Carnia lays just North-West from Udine and is crossed by the Carnic Alps, which separate it from Austria. So everywhere you look around, all you see will be fantastic nature, woods and mountains. Most of the towns hosting the concerts are typical mountain hamlets that have so much to give to tourists, like Ampezzo, Tolmezzo, Sauris, Tarvisio, Paluzza, Forni. At Arta Terme, for instance, one can enjoy thermal baths and Spa-related activities (meditation, yoga by the woods). And there's a lot more Carnia can offer from trekking to biking routes, outdoor sports, museums and hiking to its incredible lakes and parks.
By riding on a mountain bike you can go all the way from Mount Zoncolan to Sutrio, for example. And with a special summer ticket or a special daily ticket, all the region's ski lifts will be available to let tourists enjoy better their outdoor activities. If you prefer to educate yourself instead, then you can go and see the World War I Museum or the GeoPark Carnic Alps. So, what are you waiting for? Get your reservation now!