Born last year, the Siena and Stars festival is in its second round and continues to bring more great live music to one of the most beautiful locations in Siena's city center. With a focus on some of Italy's greatest singer songwriters the festival opens with Antonello Venditti (11/7) in piazza del Campo (concert for free!) followed by Franco Battiato on July 15. The Sicilian pop star will be accompanied by Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, one of Italy's leading symphony orchestras.
The international highlight of the festival takes place on July 18 with the 'Balcan Party' by Goran Bregovic and his Wedding and Funeral band - a concert that should get everybody off their chairs. The same counts for the Tarantella night with Ambrogio Sparagna and the Orchestra Popolare Italiana on the 17th of July.
|Getting ready for Siena and Stars|
If you rather let other people do the dancing, come on the 22nd to admire the ballerini of Milan's teatro della Scala or join the Flamenco night on the 27th of July. And bring your kids on the 21st of July for an evening with Sonics, a troupe of acrobats that have been involved in the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Turin.