ITALY 2024: A selection of unmissable Events and Exhibitions!

Welcome to the wonderful universe of events and exhibitions that animate Italy in 2024!

Get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey through the beauty of Italy, marking the most significant dates of 2024 and planning an unforgettable experience. This year, we’ll guide you through an exceptional selection of unmissable events that encompass art, music, gastronomy, and technology.

Selected for you Events and Exhibitions in Rome

Every year, the city hosts a calendar of events and exhibitions that attract visitors from all over the world, and 2024 is no exception. The offerings are indeed rich and varied, ranging from history and art to music, theater, and cinema.

Phidias - monographic exhibition

The Capitoline Museums, located at Villa Caffarelli, host the first prestigious monographic exhibition dedicated to Phidias, the legendary and emblematic Greek genius of classical art.
The selection of over 100 works, some never before shown ― including archaeological finds, Greek originals and Roman replicas, paintings, manuscripts, and drawings, along with multimedia installations ― comes from the Museums System of Rome Capital, the Archaeological Museum of Bologna, the Academy of Fine Arts of Ravenna, the Archaeological Museum of Naples and the Cambellotti Archive, the Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum and the Epigraphic Museum of Athens, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Vatican Museums and the Louvre Museum in Paris.

until May 5, 2024 – Villa Caffarelli

Escher

The largest exhibition of Escher ever staged to date, an anthology of approximately 300 works including the famous Hand with Reflecting Sphere (1935), Bond of Union (1956), Metamorphosis II (1939), Day and Night (1938), the renowned Emblemata series, and many others, just to name a few well-known to the general public. Additionally, numerous previously unseen works are also on display.

The exhibition pays tribute to the great Dutch genius on the centenary of his first visit to Rome in 1923, where he then lived for twelve years, from 1923 to 1935, in the Monteverde Vecchio district. As a testament to those years, the complete series of twelve Roman nocturnes produced in 1934 is also on display.

Until April 1, 2024 – Palazzo Bonaparte

The Art of Women in Rome - Secession, Futurism, and Return to Order

Exhibition of Female Artists Active in Rome during the Twentieth Century. Despite a significant presence of active female artists in Rome throughout the twentieth century, who also exhibited at the Biennials, Syndicates, and Quadrennials, as well as in the most important Roman galleries, only in recent years have some studies brought their work back into the spotlight. The exhibition, starting with a survey of works belonging to the collections of the Capitoline Museums, aims to document how, from the Futurist movement, through the years of fascism until the post-World War I period, the female painters and sculptors of those years reinterpreted and interpreted artistic commitment, particularly in the cultural life of the capital.

from June 1, 2024, to November 1, 2024 – Museums of Villa Torlonia – Casino dei Principi

Origins and Splendors of the Farnese Collection in 16th Century Rome

The Farnese Collection, epitome of erudite collecting, supported by Pope Paul III and his nephews, comprises paintings, ancient sculptures, sketches, drawings, and manuscripts. The exhibition showcases works representative of the Collection’s zenith, spanning from the early decades of the 16th century to the beginning of the 17th century, and includes a hundred masterpieces mainly from the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, the Capodimonte Museum, the National Library, and other public and private collections. Special attention is given to the significance and importance that ancient sculptures had at the time, also concerning their placement in various Farnese residences, and the recovery of works originally part of the collection, over time dispersed in public or private collections. An additional focus is on the figure of Paul III and the intellectuals who revolved around his court.

Until May 31, 2025 – Capitoline Museums

Uninhabitable architecture

The exhibition, featuring 150 photographs, historical videos, and unpublished texts, offers a new perspective on architecture, highlighting a conception different from the one usually associated with residential functionality, in order to analyze the relationship between living and building. To this end, the exhibition examines some buildings of remarkable symbolic value distributed throughout the national territory, representative of the cities in which they were built without the assumption of habitability.

In addition to the photographs taken from the Luce Archive and other important archives, the exhibition juxtaposes works by contemporary photographers and artists, such as Gianni Berengo Gardin, Guido Guidi, Steve McCurry, and Marzia Migliora.

from January 24, 2024, to May 5, 2024 – Centrale Montemartini

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Selected for you Events and Exhibitions in Milano

2024 promises to be an extraordinary year for the cultural scene in Milan, with a series of events embracing various facets of art, history, technology, and innovation. From contemporary art exhibitions to refined fashion displays, through captivating historical events and international fairs, there is something for every taste and passion.

Piero della Francesca - The Agostinian Polyptych Reunited

On display, for the first time, are eight panels from five international museums.
A major spring exhibition at the Poldi Pezzoli Museum: here, after 555 years, all the remaining panels of the magnificent altarpiece, dismantled at the end of the sixteenth century and divided among various museums worldwide, will be exhibited from March 21 to June 24. This is the polyptych that Piero della Francesca created between 1454 and 1469 for the main altar of the Church of the Augustinians in Borgo San Sepolcro (Arezzo).

Poldi Pezzoli Museum March 20 — June 24, 2024

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon

Picasso - The Metamorphosis of the Figure

The exhibition consists of a core of paintings, drawings, and sculptures by Picasso from major European museums.

The exhibition path aims to delve primarily into the dialogue between Picasso and the cultural sources that influenced him since the beginning of his career, with a focus on the study for Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. The exhibition concludes with a section dedicated to Picasso’s legacy, focusing on African artists who draw inspiration from his works today.

Mudec – Museum of Cultures, from February 22 to June 30

Picture by Mariano Vivanco

"From the Heart to the Hands - Dolce&Gabbana"

For the first time on display are the unique creations of the fashion house that trace the extraordinary creative process of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana: from the heart, where ideas spring, to the hands, the instrument through which they take shape.

Palazzo Reale from April 7th to July 31st.

Doja Cat

I-Days

Summer brings with it the big festivals: the I-Days from May to July will feature Metallica, Lana del Rey, Green Day, Doja Cat, Tedua, Queens of the Stone Age, Bring me the Horizon, Sum 41 + Avril Lavigne and many others.
Born in 1999, initially known as the Independent Days Festival, it has hosted some of the most important names in international music as headliners, such as: Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182, Green Day, Imagine Dragons, Justin Bieber, Kasabian, Liam Gallagher, Linkin Park, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam, Placebo, Queens Of The Stone Age, Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Sonic Youth, The Killers, The Offspring, Tool, Velvet Revolver, and many others.

Ippodromo Snai La Maura and Ippodromo Snai San Siro on June 16, 27, 28, 29, 30 and July 5, 6, 7, and 9, 2024

Formula 1 Gran Premio di Monza 2024

Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix 2024 - 95th edition

History, speed, boldness, adrenaline: the Brianza Circuit has welcomed and continues to welcome all the phenomena of world motorsport because it perfectly encapsulates some of the fundamental values of the sport.

August 30 – September 1, 2024 – Autodromo Nazionale di Monza

Paul Cézanne - Bathers

Cézanne e Renoir - from the collections of the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris

In the prestigious exhibition halls of Palazzo Reale in Milan, fifty-two masterpieces from the collections of the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris trace the life and work of Paul Cézanne and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, masters who decisively contributed to the birth of Impressionism, which turns 150 years old next April 15, 2024. A journey through their most iconic paintings, from portraits to landscapes, still lifes, and bathers. The exhibition is complemented by a section documenting the decisive impact and influence that the two had on the subsequent generation of artists, through the comparison of two works by Cézanne and Renoir with two paintings by Pablo Picasso.

from March 19 to June 30 – Palazzo Reale

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Selected for you Events and Exhibitions in Florence

In 2024, a series of extraordinary events and exhibitions enrich the cultural fabric of Florence. Among the Renaissance streets and ancient palaces, you will find a myriad of events ranging from artistic festivals to world-renowned exhibitions.

Divina simulacra

The collection of ancient marbles was the true initial artistic nucleus of the Medici family’s art collection, and since the 17th century, they have been displayed for their beauty in the southern and western corridors, illuminated by natural light, as well as within the iconic Tribuna del Buontalenti.

Within the exhibition, artworks that are usually more difficult to access are once again fully enjoyable by the public, including the marvelous Venus de’ Medici, an ancient symbol of the Medici collections at the Uffizi. Thus, sculptural groups separated by display necessities come back together, such as the Dancing Faun of the Tribuna and the Seated Nymph, which together form The Invitation to Dance.

until June 30, 2024 – Uffizi Gallery

Florence Flower Show

Rare and Unusual Plant Show and Market returns on April 6-7, 2024, with its seventh edition in the beautiful Corsini Garden, located at Via della Scala 115 in Florence. The winter event will feature the best exhibitors from across the country, offering two days of fun and learning for numerous visitors interested in floriculture and quality gardening. Many free side activities will engage both adults and children in gardening courses, creative demonstrations, and educational workshops.

April 6-7 – Corsini Garden

86th edition of the Florence May Music Festival

From late April to June, Florence’s Maggio Musicale offers a series of concerts, theatrical performances, operas, and ballets in various locations throughout the city. It’s a unique experience for classical music enthusiasts who can enjoy prestigious cultural events in one of Italy’s most captivating settings.

From late April to June – various locations throughout the city

22th Florence Korea Film Fest

The goal of the Festival, besides fostering cultural and institutional cooperation between Italy and Korea, is to promote the captivating Korean cultural universe through the lens of the big screen, art exhibitions, and conferences. Featuring premieres and contemporary classics, the festival, unique in its kind throughout Italy, offers documentaries, short films, movies, and extensive retrospectives on major Korean filmmakers, with the participation of the filmmakers themselves.

March 21-29 – Cinema La Compagnia

Alphonse Mucha

The first exhibition in Florence dedicated to Alphonse Mucha, the most important Czech artist, father of Art Nouveau, and creator of iconic images.

Between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Paris was considered the center of the art world. It was the so-called Belle Époque, and Alphonse Mucha, thanks in part to his encounter with Sarah Bernhardt, became the most famous and sought-after artist of the time. With him was born a new form of communication: the beauty of maidens in bloom, portrayed in a blend of sacred and profane, voluptuous and seductive figures, represented with a unique compositional style, which became characteristic of the famous “Mucha style.”

Until April 7 – Museo degli Innocenti

Selected for you Events and Exhibitions in Venice

The year 2024 in Venice promises to be an extraordinary time for art, culture, and innovation enthusiasts. With a rich variety of events and exhibitions celebrating the city’s millennia-old history and vibrant contemporary creativity, there is something fascinating for every type of visitor.

Carnival of Venice

The Carnival of Venice is famous worldwide: the charm that envelops the city during this event attracts the curious, tourists, and enthusiasts who come to celebrate and admire the costumes parading through the streets. With the evocative title “To the East: Marco Polo’s Marvelous Journey,” the Venice Carnival 2024 celebrates one of its greatest explorers.

From January 27 to February 13 – City of Venice

Venice Biennale - 60th International Art Exhibition

The International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale will have the theme “Strangers Everywhere – Foreigners Everywhere”, focusing on migration and inclusion. It will explore how architecture contributes to the creation of inclusive spaces where people from different social backgrounds and cultural contexts find suitable placement.

From April 20 to November 24 – Gardens, Arsenal, and other locations in Venice

Mostra del Cinema

81st International Exhibition of Cinematographic Art

Organized by the Venice Biennale, the Exhibition aims to promote the spread of international cinema in all its forms of art, entertainment, and industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. A section is dedicated to enhancing the restoration of classic films to contribute to a better understanding of the history of cinema. from August 28 to September 7 – Lido di Venezia

Selected for you Events and Exhibitions across the rest of Italy

The year 2024 promises to be rich in exciting events and exhibitions in Italy, from north to south and not only in the major cities. The country emerges as a captivating stage of cultural and artistic opportunities, with a diverse calendar that promises to satisfy every interest and taste.

Lucca Summer Festival

In June and July, the city of Lucca becomes the stage where internationally renowned guests such as Ed Sheeran, Rod Stewart, and Lenny Kravitz will perform. The Lucca Summer Festival will take place along the historic city walls and in Piazza Napoleone.

Vinitaly - Verona

In Verona, from April 14th to 17th, Vinitaly will be staged, the largest event dedicated to the world of wine and spirits. It’s a historic appointment that cannot be missed among the must-attend events in Italy in 2024.

The Sport Festival - Genoa

Genoa will host the Sport Festival from May 24th to May 26th: the city in 2024 is consecrated as the European capital of sport, and precisely in this year, the event celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Eurochocolate - Perugia

In Perugia, Eurochocolate is organized from October 18th to 27th. It’s a unique experience where you can stroll among chocolate sculptures, delight your palate with tastings, and participate in exhibitions and shows that surprise visitors every year.

International Book Fair- Turin

The cultural event will take place from May 9th to 13th in Turin, focusing on the world of literature and creating points of contact between readers and writers. Among the booths of the International Book Fair, attendees can indeed meet their idols and interact with them.

Festival of Two Worlds - Spoleto

From June 28th to July 14th, Spoleto becomes the venue for an international event, celebrating various forms of art such as dance, theater, and opera: the Festival of Two Worlds. The occasion brings together world-renowned artists and tourists, promoting Italian culture on an international level.

Miró, the Joy of Color - Catania

From January 20th to July 7th, at the headquarters of Palazzo della Cultura in Catania, it will be possible to visit Miró, the Joy of Color, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva in collaboration with MaïthéVallès-Bled and Vincenzo Sanfo. About a hundred works by Joan Miró – paintings, temperas, watercolors, drawings, sculptures and ceramics, graphic works, books, and documents – coming from private Italian collections and French galleries.

The Macchiaioli - Brescia

The Macchiaioli exhibition presents from January 20th to June 9th in Brescia over 100 works by Fattori, Lega, Signorini, Cabianca, Borrani, and other painters who, in the Florence of the late nineteenth century, gave rise to one of the most original and innovative European artistic avant-gardes of the nineteenth century.

Comicon - Naples

Comic book, video game, gaming, music, and cinema enthusiasts eagerly await the new edition of Comicon in Naples, from April 25th to 28th. The event is among the most anticipated in Italy in 2024, attracting a huge number of international followers, won over by various editions that have proved increasingly electrifying.

Taobuk - Taormina

Long-standing and absolutely charming, Taobuk’s event is scheduled in the splendid Taormina from June 20th to 24th. This year’s exceptional guest will be the recently awarded Nobel laureate for Literature, Jon Fosse. Every year, Taobuk selects a theme around which it organizes a schedule of meetings, involving authoritative writers, artists, philosophers, and scientists.

Robert Capa and Gerda Taro: photography, love, war - Turin

In the halls of the Exhibition Center at Via delle Rosine in Turin, from February 14th to June 2nd, another major exhibition tells with about 120 photographs one of the crucial moments in the history of 20th-century photography, the professional and emotional relationship between Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, tragically interrupted by the death of the photographer in Spain in 1937.

Vincent van Gogh - Trieste

A great retrospective dedicated to the artist is being presented in Trieste from February 22nd to June 30th. The exhibition will be enriched by a special presence: the two portraits of Monsieur and Madame Ginoux, created in 1890 and respectively preserved at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo – the lender of almost all the works in the exhibition – and at the National Gallery of Rome.

Thank you to the diversity and liveliness of the Italian cultural scene, the year promises to be an unforgettable experience for anyone wishing to explore the wonders of the Bel Paese. All that remains is to let yourself be carried away by the enthusiasm and beauty of what Italy has to offer in 2024.

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