Agriturismo in Umbria


Festival of Two Worlds

The Festival of Two Worlds, also known as the Spoleto Festival, is held in the heart of Umbria each year between the end of June and mid-July.

After Gian Carlo Menotti introduced the first edition in 1958, the Spoleto Festival became, year after year, a point of great interest for its dance, prose, and opera shows. Indeed, the fact that Maestro Menotti personally chooses the artists from among both the most well-known professionals and the most promising young talents has made the Festival of Two Worlds become, down through the years, an inexhaustible forge of great professionals of the entertainment world. Today the Spoleto Festival is a world-level attraction, which gives the Umbrian town an international image and fame; it is thus even more fitting to recall the period when the Italian-American composer was searching, back in 1956, for an Italian town that would have the possibility and characteristics for hosting the musical event he wanted to produce. He chose Spoleto, it is said as an alternative to Todi, convinced by the scenic spaces it offered: the 17th-century Teatro Caio Melisso (at that time used as a movie theatre, and the perfect acoustics of which were recovered at the composer?s expense), the spacious 19th-century ?new theatre?, the open-air Roman theatre, and the areas of great atmosphere, such as the Piazza del Duomo, where the closing concerts of the Festival of Two Worlds have always been held. After the staging in 1958 of Verdi?s Macbeth, conducted by Thomas Schippers and directed by Luchino Visconti, Spoleto was acclaimed as the new Italian Salzburg, and in the following years the participants in the Festival of Two Worlds has included personalities of the caliber of, just to name a few, Wally Toscanini, Franco Zeffirelli, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, Mario Soldati, Dino Buzzati, Indro Montanelli, Pablo Neruda, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Salvatore Quasimodo, Ezra Pound, Eugenj Evtuschenko, Luca Ronconi, Al Pacino, and Mariangela Melato.


Event type

Festival musicale

Festival teatrale