Events 2019 in Taormina & Sicily

This is OUR REGULARLY UPDATED LIST OF EVENTS FOR TAORMINA AND SURROUNDINGS

HOTEL V I L L A  S C H U L E R, TAORMINA – SICILY – ITALY

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EVENTS 2019

We are constantly searching the internet and other sources in order to inform you as soon as possible about the most interesting events for Taormina, its surroundings and Sicily. For the year 2019 until now we found only a few events, mostly concerts in Acireale (40 km from Taormina) and Catania (55 km from Taormina) which we listed below – and some events at Taormina’s Antique Theater, a real highlight, see below!

Attending one of the events inside Taormina’s famous Antique Theatre is surely one of the most beautiful experiences during a summertime stay in Taormina. From mid June until beginning of September lots of premium classical or pop concerts, opera and ballet performances use to attrack hundreds of spectators.

HIGHTLIGHTS 2019

June 14 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Francesco de Gregori & Orchestra with his Greatest Hits Live at the wonderful Antique Theatre fof Taormina  Francesco De Gregori together with a big orchestra  for the first time will present his greatest songs in a symphonic context. The orchestra, composed of forty elements, and the Gnu Quartet composed by Raffaele Rebaudengo (viola), Francesca Rapetti (flute), Roberto Izzo (violin) and Stefano Cabrera (cello), in addition to the band that has accompanied De Gregori for a long time now. Tickets for the concert are available in presale on TicketOne.it.
Info: taormina-arte.com

June 23 (21.30h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Jethro Tull 50 Anniversary Tour Ian Anderson and his band, veterans of rock history, among the most important and bands of progressive rock, in occasion of their 50th anniversary at the Antique Theatre of Taormina, one of only 3 concerts in Italy!
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

June 30 to July 6
Teatro Antico and Palazzo dei Congressi – Taormina
Taormina FilmFest 201965th edition of the Taormina FilmFest will be organized by VideoBank, artistic direction: Silvia Bizio and Gianvito Casadonte. The programme includes gala evenings and awards at the Teatro Antico, with big national and international cinema stars and film projections at the Palazzo dei Congressi.
Info: toarmina-arte.com

August 3, 4 and 6 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico -Taormina
Eros Ramazzotti may be the most famous Italian pop singer will certainly sell the scheduled 3 evenings in the Antique Theatre of Taormina. Tickets already available at ticketone.it
Info: ramazzotti.com

Agust 30 and 31 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Andrea Bocelli & friends in concert. The popular Italian tenor will perform his most famous hits and opera arias, accompanied by a soprano and other guest stars. With his latest album “ Si” (October 26, 2018) he published unedited songs, among others in duet with Ed Sheeran, Raphael Gualazzi and his son Matteo, in more than 60 countries and seven laguages, Andrea Bocelli was the first Italian artist to become Nunmber One of the most sold in UK and USA in less than 10 days. During his most successful career Bocelli performed for popes, presidents and kings, he was present in the most important concert halls and opera theatres of the world, and collaborated with big pop stars such as Ed Sheeran, Nicole Scherzinger, Céline Dion, Tony Bennet and many more. The first concert on August 30 is sold out! So there has been added the second evening August 31!
Info: andreabocelli.com – authorized points of pre sales online: ticketone.it, vivaticket.it and ctbox.it

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Regularly held markets: 

Monday to Saturday (8.00 t0 13.00 h)
Via Don Giovanni Minzoni – Taormina
Daily market charming small market hall with stands of fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, meat, cheese and flowers.

Every Wednesday (8.00 to 13.00 h)
Via Leonardo da Vinci – Via Wilhelm von Gloeden – Taormina
Weekly market with stands of clothes, shoes, household items, fruits, vegetables etc.

Every Saturday (8.00 to 13.00 h)
Rione Recanati – Giardini Naxos
Weekly market big market with a great selection of clothes, shoes and household items. Only few stands with fruits, cheeses and vegetables.

Daily except Sunday (5.00 to 12.00 h)
Fontana dell’Amenano and surrounding area – Catania
Mercato del Pesce Famous fish market with all the plentifulness the mediterranean sea offers, presented by enthusiastic market criers, or better: market singers. There are also stands with fruits, cheeses and vegetables and some good restaurants around.

every Sunday
Quartiere del Porto – Viale Amerigo Vespucci, Catania
Mercatino delle Pulci Catania Fleemarket at Catania.

every third Sunday of the month (8.30 to 13.30 h)
Piazza Indirizzo – Acireale (CT)
BioDomenica market with organic food and products of the region, musics, dancing, animation for children.
More infos on facebook.com/pages/Circolo-AIAB-Catania

every Sunday (8.00-13.00 h)
Piazza Raffaello Sanzio – Catania
Mercato del Contadino – Farmer’s market. Tipical Sicilian and organic products, fruits, vegetables, flowers, cheeses, honeys, olive oils, wines, nuts and salamis.

every Sunday (8.00 to 13.00 h)
Piazza Immacolata – Giarre
OrteGiarre – Farmer’s market. Sicilian products from the Etna Region.

every Sunday  (8.00 to 13.00 h)
Scalo di Alaggio – Acitrezza
Mercato del Contatino – Farmer’s market with lots of products form the Etna region, such as cheese, salami, fruits, vegetables, wine, olive oil, honey etc. some organic, everything Sicilian.

Every Sunday (7.00 to 14.00 h)
Antico mercato – Via Trento, Ortigia Siracusa
Mercato del Contadino – Farmer’s market. Products from Sicily and the surroundings of Siracusa and the Monti Iblei.

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EVENTS 2019

Exhibitions 

until April 8
Ex Chiesa del Carmine – Taormina
Gente che va. Storie di emigrazione. Exhibition with photographies by Gios Bernardi telling stories of emigration during the 50ies and 60ies of the 20th century. Photographies taken with lots of sensibilità, a documentary of the hard years in Italy during which so many decided to emigrate in research of a better life. Moments taken in moments of departure, of farewell and suffering. Una fotografia sociale che racconta con sorprendente nitidezza la fatica, le speranze, le paure di un intero popolo senza mai indugiare nella ricerca dell’effetto, avvicinandosi con estremo pudore e rispetto ai soggetti fotografati.
Opening hours: 10 to 13/ 15 to 19.00 h

Events

March 2019

March 2 (16.30 to 23.00 h)
Carnival at Trapitello – parade with carts and masked carnival revellers. Departing from Piazza Santa Venera until Piazza Falcone Borsellino.

March 3 (16.30 to 23.00 h)
Carnival at Taormina – parade with carts and masked carnival revellers. Colourful as Sicily is!!! Departing from Piazza Vittorio Emanuele in direction Piazza Duomo and back

March 5 (16.30 to 23.00 h)
Carnival at Taormina  – parade with carts and masked carnival revellers. Departing from Piazza Vittorio Emanuele in direction Piazza Duomo and back

March 9 (16.30 to 23.00 h)
Carnival at Trapitello – parade with carts and masked carnival revellers. Departing from Piazza Santa Venera until Piazza Falcone Borsellino.

March 15 (10.00 h)
Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano – Taormina
Una nuova stagione. A new season – convention about Sicily as a tourist destination, in Italian language. “La Sicilia periferia del mondo o centro del mediterraneo?” Organized by “TAORmine”, association of merchands of Taormina. See also: facebook.com/taormineact/

March 16 (14.00 h)
Hotel Villa Schuler – Taormina
Opening of the Hotel Villa Schuler Season 2019 with lots of innovations and improvements.  Looking forward to welcoming our first guests of the Season 2019!

March 16 (17.00 h)*
Palazzo Ciampoli – Taormina
Opening of the exhibition Francesco Messina – suggestioni ed echi dall’antica Naxos. An exhibition with works by the artist born in Linguaglossa in the year 1900, who lived and worked in Genua and Milan until 1995,  known for his modern classic figurative sculptures.
Opening hours of the exhibition: 9.00 to 19.30 h
*Because of the tragic and sudden death of the Sicilian Regional Minister of Cultural Heritage Sebastiano Tusa during the plane crash on March 10, the exhibition has been postponed to a later date (still to be determined). 
Info: parconaxostaormina.com

March 16 (21.00 h)
Golden Blue  – Via Calcide Eubea 10, Giardini Naxos
Note di Primavera. Springtime Concert with Laura Lo Re and Antonello Tonna
Info: facebook.com/AntonelloTonnaOfficial

March 19 (tbc) postponed from December 5, 2018
Pal’Art Hotel – Via Tuparello, Acireale
Negramaro on their Amore Che Torni Tour 2019. For reasons of health of one of the band memebers this concert has been postponed from December 2018 to this very date. The successful band from Apulia  in concert on their 2018 tour “Amore che torni”. Their name stems from the wine produced in their native district Salento: the Negroamaro.
Info: negramaro.com

March 23 (21.00 h)
Teatro Metropolitan – Catania
Elisa the alternative rock singer and multi-instrumentalist from Triest on her Diari aperti tour
Info: elisatoffoli.com

March 26 and 27
Pal’Art Hotel – Via Tuparello, Acireale
Alessandra Amoroso the Italian pop and soul singer on her “10” tour, promotinig her new album with unedited songs.
Info: alessandraamoroso.it

March 30 (20.00 h)
Pal’Art Hotel – Via Tuparello, Acireale
Thegiornalisti, the trio from Rome composed by Tommaso Paradiso (voice), Marco Antonio Musella (guitar) and Marco Primavera (drums).
Info: thegiornalisti.org

April 2019

April 2
Pal’Art Hotel – Via Tuparello, Acireale
Fedez the rapper from Milan in concert on his 2019 tour.
Info: fedezofficial.com

April 6, 13, 20 and 27 (every Saturday at 21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina – a musical journey with the most famous arias and duets from the greatest Italian operas,
such as Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A.Mozart, La Traviata by G.Verdi, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, and La Bohème by G.Puccini and Elisir d’Amore by G.Donizetti. Interpreted with piano accompaniment by professional singers, who have performed at important Italian and international theaters. During the break will be offered a drink. From May to October: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Info and ticket reservation: italianoperataormina.com

April 25
All over Italy
Festa della Liberazione. National holiday in memory of the day of the liberation from Nazi occupation of Italy during world War II and the end of the fascist regime of Mussolini in the year of 1945. Together with the English and American allied forces the Italian partisans occupied the main cities of Italy and liberated Italy. April 25 was the day of the year 1945 when the National Liberation Committee of Upper Italy proclaimed the death sentence for all fascist leaders, including benito Mussolini, who was shot three days later.  Italy celebrates this day with the president’s wreath-laying ceremony, with parades, concerts and demonstrations.

April 30
Diverse locations – Taormina
International Jazz Day. Jazz concerts in various locations in Taormina. Event organized by the Association “TaormineACT”
Info: facebook.com/taormineact/

May 2019

May 1 (and during the whole month of May every Monday, Wednesday and Friday  at 21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina – a musical journey with the most famous arias and duets from the greatest Italian operas,
such as Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A.Mozart, La Traviata by G.Verdi, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, and La Bohème by G.Puccini and Elisir d’Amore by G.Donizetti. Interpreted with piano accompaniment by professional singers, who have performed at important Italian and international theaters. During the break will be offered a drink. until October: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Info and ticket reservation: italianoperataormina.com

May 4
Pal’Art Hotel – Via Tuparello,  Acireale
Raf  and Umberto Tozzi. Two great Italian singers, who made the world dance with their songs, together on tour.
Info: raf.it  and  umbertotozzi.com

May 13
Pal’Art Hotel – Via Tuparello,  Acireale
Alessandra Amoroso on her “10” tour, with her third concert in Acireale, promotinig her new album with unedited songs.
Info: alessandraamoroso.it

May 10 to 12 (tbc)
Tenuta Ambelia – Militello (CT)
Fiera mediterranea del cavallo. Mediterranean Horse Fair. The important horse fair in 2019 will take place in Sicily, with a prensentation of horses from all riparian countries of the mediterranean. The location, the Tenuta Ambelia, ca. 40 km from Catania, is a historic 16th century farm with 45 ha. It breeds the famous and endangered Scilian horse “Purosangue Orientale” (which resembles the Arabian whole-blood horse) and is one of the biggest of ca. 100 Sicilian stud farms. In Sicily there are two native horse breeds and two native donkey breeds: the “Cavallo Purosangue Orientale” and the “Cavallo Sanfratellano”, the “Ragusano” Donkeys and those from “Pantelleria”.

May 25 and 26
Streets and places – Taormina
Food & Flower Festival. Taormina will be full artistic installations with flowers, there will be parades with flowery costumes, a competition of shop window decorations and many degustation stands. An event organized by the association „TaormineACT“
Info: facebook.com/taormineact/

June 2019

June 2
Pal’Art Hotel – Via Tuparello,  Acireale
Ultimo on his “colpa delle favole” tour 2019. The singer songwriter from Rome, winner of the newcomers section of Samremo Festival 2018 with his single „Il ballo delle incertezze“ in concert.
Info: honiro.it

June 3 (and during the whole month of June every Monday, Wednesday and Friday  at 21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina – a musical journey with the most famous arias and duets from the greatest Italian operas,
such as Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A.Mozart, La Traviata by G.Verdi, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, and La Bohème by G.Puccini and Elisir d’Amore by G.Donizetti. Interpreted with piano accompaniment by professional singers, who have performed at important Italian and international theaters. During the break will be offered a drink. until October: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Info and ticket reservation: italianoperataormina.com

June 13 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina.
Francesco Renga in concert. The Italian singer-songwriter from Udine won the Sanremo Music Festival in 2005 with the song Angelo and is one of the most popular Italian musicians.
Info: francescorenga.it tickets will be available soon at ticketone.it

June 14 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Francesco de Gregori & Orchestra with his Greatest Hits Live at the wonderful Antique Theatre fof Taormina  Francesco De Gregori together with a big orchestra  for the first time will present his greatest songs in a symphonic context. The orchestra, composed of forty elements, and the Gnu Quartet composed by Raffaele Rebaudengo (viola), Francesca Rapetti (flute), Roberto Izzo (violin) and Stefano Cabrera (cello), in addition to the band that has accompanied De Gregori for a long time now. Tickets for the concert are available in presale on TicketOne.it.
Info: taormina-arte.com

June 22 to 25
Teatro Antico and other locations – Taormina
Taobuk – IX th edition of the Taormina Book Festival, this year’s motto: Il Desiderio (Desire). More details as soon as the organizers publish the programme on their website.
Info: taobuk.it

June 23 (21.30h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Jethro Tull 50 Anniversary Tour Ian Anderson and his band, veterans of rock history, among the most important and bands of progressive rock, in occasion of their 50th anniversary at the Antique Theatre of Taormina, one of only 3 concerts in Italy!
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

June 30 to July 6
Teatro Antico and Palazzo dei Congressi – Taormina
Taormina FilmFest 201965th edition of the Taormina FilmFest will be organized by VideoBank, artistic direction: Silvia Bizio and Gianvito Casadonte. The programme includes gala evenings and awards at the Teatro Antico, with big national and international cinema stars and film projections at the Palazzo dei Congressi.
Info: toarmina-arte.com

July 2019

July 1 (and during the whole month of July every Monday, Wednesday and Friday  at 21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina – a musical journey with the most famous arias and duets from the greatest Italian operas,
such as Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A.Mozart, La Traviata by G.Verdi, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, and La Bohème by G.Puccini and Elisir d’Amore by G.Donizetti. Interpreted with piano accompaniment by professional singers, who have performed at important Italian and international theaters. During the break will be offered a drink. until October: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Info and ticket reservation: italianoperataormina.com

July 12 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Nick Mason and the Saucerful of Secrets. The ex-drummer of the legendary band Pink Floyd with his band composed by Gary Kemp, Guy Pratt, Lee Harris and Dom Beken. The band will perform early Pink Floyd songs from the first albums such as „A Saucerful of Secrets” and „The Piper At The Gates of Dawn“. The – quite expensive – tickets are available from March 22, 2019 at: ctbox.it, ticketone.it and ticketmaster.it
Info: thesaucerfulofsecrets.com

July 23 (21.30 h) tbc
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Il Volo in concert. The three young tenors with their successful classic pop mix.
Info and tickets: to be confirmed

August 2019

August 1 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Massimo Ranieri with his program Malìa Napoletana, together with his band of International musicians
Info: massimoranieri.it

August 2 (and during the whole month of August every Monday, Wednesday and Friday  at 21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina – a musical journey with the most famous arias and duets from the greatest Italian operas,
such as Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A.Mozart, La Traviata by G.Verdi, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, and La Bohème by G.Puccini and Elisir d’Amore by G.Donizetti. Interpreted with piano accompaniment by professional singers, who have performed at important Italian and international theaters. During the break will be offered a drink. until October: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Info and ticket reservation: italianoperataormina.com

August 3, 4 and 6 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico -Taormina
Eros Ramazzotti may be the most famous Italian pop singer will certainly sell the scheduled 3 evenings in the Antique Theatre of Taormina. Tickets already available at ticketone.it
Info: ramazzotti.com

August 17 (21.30 h) tbc
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Fiorella Mannoia on her “Personale Tour”
Info and tickets: to be confirmed

August 27 (21.30 h) tbc
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Antonello Venditti. On his tour “sotto il segno dei pesci”.
Info and tickets: to be confirmed

August 30 and 31 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Andrea Bocelli & friends in concert. The popular Italian tenor will perform his most famous hits and opera arias, accompanied by a soprano and other guest stars. With his latest album “ Si” (October 26, 2018) he published unedited songs, among others in duet with Ed Sheeran, Raphael Gualazzi and his son Matteo, in more than 60 countries and seven laguages, Andrea Bocelli was the first Italian artist to become Nunmber One of the most sold in UK and USA in less than 10 days. During his most successful career Bocelli performed for popes, presidents and kings, he was present in the most important concert halls and opera theatres of the world, and collaborated with big pop stars such as Ed Sheeran, Nicole Scherzinger, Céline Dion, Tony Bennet and many more. The first concert on August 30 is sold out! So there has been added the second evening August 31!
Info: andreabocelli.com – authorized points of pre sales online: ticketone.it, vivaticket.it and ctbox.it

September 2019

September 2 (and during the whole month of September  every Monday, Wednesday and Friday  at 21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina – a musical journey with the most famous arias and duets from the greatest Italian operas,
such as Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A.Mozart, La Traviata by G.Verdi, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, and La Bohème by G.Puccini and Elisir d’Amore by G.Donizetti. Interpreted with piano accompaniment by professional singers, who have performed at important Italian and international theaters. During the break will be offered a drink. until October: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Info and ticket reservation: italianoperataormina.com

October 2019

October 2 (and during the whole month of July every Monday, Wednesday and Friday  at 21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina – a musical journey with the most famous arias and duets from the greatest Italian operas,
such as Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A.Mozart, La Traviata by G.Verdi, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, and La Bohème by G.Puccini and Elisir d’Amore by G.Donizetti. Interpreted with piano accompaniment by professional singers, who have performed at important Italian and international theaters. During the break will be offered a drink. until end of October: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Info and ticket reservation: italianoperataormina.com

Last update: March 20, 2019