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Estate Fiesolana: a large-scale live entertainment classic

One of the Florentine area’s most important theatre and music festivals takes the stage at the Teatro Romano di Fiesole.

Florence and the surrounding areas offer numerous opportunities to attend live performances, but the Estate Fiesolana festival is most certainly among the most important. 

During the festival, the Teatro Romano di Fiesole (a Roman amphitheatre) returns to its original function not just as an extraordinarily interesting archaeological site, but a stage for top-quality musical and theatrical performances and the setting for one of the most important events on the Italian panorama. 

The history speaks for itself: Estate Fiesolana is Italy’s longest-running, open-air multidisciplinary festival, and the Teatro Romano was the first ancient theatre in Italy to relaunch stagings of classical tragedies, with a performance of Oedipus Rex in 1911.

Over the course of a century, some of the biggest names of the international theatre, music, dance and cinema scenes have performed on this stage. In the early decades, the programming progressed rather disjointedly up until 1947, the official founding year of the Estate Fiesolana Festival, which then launched in a fully structured four sections: theatre, classical music, jazz and cinema.  

Estate Fiesolana is one of the main events in the history of Italian entertainment and an experience you can’t miss.  

Estate Fiesolana 2024

The festival has reached its 77th edition, scheduled from 17 June to 13 September 2024 with a program that includes different aspects of the Italian and international artistic proposal, from prose to dance, from jazz to classical, on stage at the Roman Theater of Fiesole .

As tradition, the day dedicated to the Music Festival (21 June) will be hosted, one of the most important cultural events that celebrates the summer solstice in more than 120 countries around the world. The evening is organized by the Fiesole Music School, entry is free but by reservation.

A program full of artists including Florence Jazz Orchestra, Carmen Consoli, Cory Henry, Lyric Dance Company, Rufus Wainwright and much more.

Cinema Under the Stars

Appointment with the big screen "under the stars" from 5 to 21 August with the exhibition curated by the Stensen Foundation which will offer two weeks of screenings at the Roman Theater of Fiesole.

Header photo credits: Estate Fiesolana