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 one event 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 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 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 2019

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

January 2019

January 1, 2019 (8.00 h)
Beach of Villagonia
New Year’s run and “Tuffo al mare” (jump into the sea). Chico Scimone Trophy.
Followed by the awarding ceremony at 10.00 h on the Piazza IX Aprile – Taormina

January 1, 2019 (all day)
Streets and places of Taormina and the quarters of Taormina
Music of the “Zampognari” musicians that play the archaic bag pipes, called Zampogna. Traditionally the bags are made from goat or sheep hides and the performers, sometimes still shepherds, come to the cities during Christmas time. The  most famous Italian carol, “Tu cendi dalle stelle” (You Come Down From the Stars) is derived from traditional Zampogna music.

January 1, 2019 (19.30 h)
Palazzo dei Congressi – Taormina
New Years Concert with the Orchestra a Plettro di Taormina conducted by Antonino Pellitteri, performing musics by Strauss, Mascagni, Verdi, Bizet, Puccini and Offenbach. Admission free.

January 2 (11.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
New Year’s Concert by Taormina Arte with The Ladies,  Flora Faja, Anna Bonomolo, Lucy Garsia, Alessandra Mirabella, Carmen Avellone, performing their favourite Christmas songs and some great Jazz and Soul titles. The five women with a rich history in Jazz and Soul will be accompanied by some of the most famous teachers of the The Brass Group Foundation and by a choir of 20 meinly female singers selected from the popular School of Brass Music and the Alessandro Scarlatti Conservatory of Palermo. Instrumental section of  highest level: Vito Giordano (trumpet), Diego Spitaleri (piano), Fabio Lannino (double bass and bass guitar), Sebastiano Alioto (drums), Giuseppe Preiti (keyboards).
Info: taormina-arte.com

January 3, 2019  (19.30 h)
Basilica Cattedrale (Cathedral) – Taormina
Concerto di Capodanno. New Year’s Concert with the Corpo Musicale V. Bellini Città di Taormina.

January 3, 2019  (19.30 h)
Chiesa di Santa Maria Goretti – Mazzeo
Christmas Concert organized by the church.

January 4, 2019 (19.30 h)
Chiesa di S. Caterina – Taormina
Vocal Concert  E. Moschella

January 4, 2019 (20.00 h)
Hotel Diodoro – Taormina
Christmas Evening for elderly people.

January 5 (19.30 h)
Basilica Cattedrale (Cathedral) – Taormina
Concerto di Natale with the Orchestra Mandolinistica Gioviale di Taormina the newly formed string instruments Orchestra of Taormina derived its name from one of the most famous Sicilian mandolin player who lived until mid 20th century, Giovanni Giovale. The orchestra is managed and conducted by Alessandro Russo (mandolin player), Domenico Galì (guitarist and teacher) and by Maria Intelisano (pianist and teacher).  Admission free.
Info: facebook.com/mandolinisticagioviale/

January 5, 2019 (21.15 h)
Palazzo dei Congressi – Taormina
San Giuvanni Decullatu Theatre performance by the Assoc. TaoMiros

January 5 (21.30 h)
Il Kantiere della Moda – Via Lungomare Tysandross 84, Giardini Naxos
Radiofonda Live – Negramaro Tribute Band in concert
Info: facebook.com/radiofondanegramarocoverband/

January 6, 2019 (10.00 h)
Streets and places – Mazzeo
La Befana makes her circuit through the streets and places of Mazzeo. The Befana is an old woman, that looks like a witch, who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve (the night of January 5) in a similar way to St. Nicholas or Santa Claus.

January 6, 2019 (18.30 h)
Palazzo dei Congressi – Taormina
Metamorfosi by Ovid. Theatre performance with Enrico Lo Verso

January 6, 2019 (21.30 h)
Piazza Mazzini – Mazzeo
Street Feast with degustations and music, folk and dancing.

January 19 (17.00 h)
Excelsior Palace Hotel – Taormina
Meet Jazz Lessons on Jazz by Nello Toscano. This time about Billie Holiday (1915 to 1959), the icon of Jazz and Swing. The Jazz lesson goes along with a tea time.
Info:  associazione@taorminajazz.it

February 2019

February 2 (17.00 h)
Excelsior Palace Hotel – Taormina
Meet Jazz – Lessons on Jazz by Nello Toscano. This time about Sonny Rollins, the american tenor sax player, born in 1930, who is considered as one of the most important and influental Jazz musicians. The Jazz lesson goes along with a tea time.
Info:  associazione@taorminajazz.it

February 3 to 5
Streets of Catania
Festa di Sant’ Agata. The most important religious feast of the year of the city of Catania, dedicated to the patron Saint of Catania, St. Agatha. It is considered one of the most beautiful religious feasts worldwide. Three days full of religious cult, devotion, folkloristic moments and traditions. The city of Catania in these days and nights is full of people. Not for those who dont’t like to be surrounded by masses.
Info: siciliainfesta.com/feste/festa_di_sant_agata_catania.htm

February 9 (17.00 h)
Excelsior Palace Hotel – Taormina
Meet Jazz – Lessons on Jazz by Nello Toscano. This time about  John Coltrane (1926 to 1967) the american tenor sax player. During his short life Coltrane was a giant of Jazz, Be Bop and free Jazz. He remains one of the most influential saxophonists in music history. The Jazz lesson goes along with a tea time.
Info:  associazione@taorminajazz.it

February 9 (20.00 h)
Pal’Art Hotel – Via Tuparello, Acireale
Calcutta in concert. On his „Evergreen“ Tour. His real name is Edoardo D’Erme and he was born in the Latium region. He published his first album in 2012 and since then is a successful indie rock musician. In May 2018 he published his thrid album „Evergreen“.
Info: calcuttasitodi.it   Tickets: ticketone.it

February 23 (21.30 h)
Casamatta – Via Santa Maria dei Greci 14, Taormina
Vespertina Live. Vespertina is the artist name of Lucrezia Peppicelli, singer songwriter from Perugia, once member  of the band Vivienne the Witch, she is known for her melancholic, tenebrous songs.
Info: facebook.com/vespertina462/

February 23 (strart at 16.00 h) until March 5
Piazza Duomo, streets and places – Acireale (CT)
Carnevale di Acireale. The tradition of the carnival of Acireale goes back to the 16th century. Today it is considered as the most beautiful carnival of Sicily, with parades of colourful masks and allegorical carts with figures made by thousands of flowers. Official start is on February 23 at 16.00h on Piazza Duomo where the keys of the town will be handed over to the « Queen of Carnival ». On the last day, this year on March 5, a prize will be awarded to the most beautiful cart.
Info: carnevaleacireale.it

March 2019

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 news and improvements.  Looking forward to welcoming our first guests of the Season 2019!

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 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.

May 2019

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”.

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 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 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 2019

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 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

Last update: February 22, 2019