“Che bella cosa na jurnata `e sole…” who’s singing with me?!  For all of us madly in love with Italy its music has a magical power to take us back to the place we love.  If you are going to Italy this Summer, consider a concert in an amazing venue.  What could possibly be more special than seeing Il Volo, Live in Italy at an ancient Roman theater?

Il Volo, meaning the flight in English, is a young Italian trio, world renowned for their beautiful voices and music.  Piero Barone’s love of opera is clear to anyone who has heard him sing.  Gianluca Ginoble’s influence by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin shines through his voice.  Ignazio Boschetto is my personal favorite.  His voice is bright and full of passion; it always reminds me of the first live music I heard in Italy.  When they all sing together it is pure magic.

All three of them are passionate about bringing the beauty of Italy, its music, and its traditions to people of all ages, all around the world.

My husband and I were thrilled to hear last year that they were coming to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.  We sat mouths wide open in awe during every song.  Not often does an artist or group manage to have the talent that these three do, and the humor that creates such an unforgettable experience.

Italian favorites like “O Sole Mio”, American classics such as “I can’t help falling in love with you”, and their own wonderful songs including “Grande Amore” are always favorites in their shows.

This year they are doing something special.  Last Fall they performed a beautiful concert outside the church of Santa Croce in Florence.  It was titled “Notte Magica”, as is their new tour and is a tribute to the world famous Three Tenors.  I highly recommend purchasing the cd and dvd, available here in the states.

Accompanied by Placido Domingo himself, the trio serenaded the city with opera arias and beloved Italian folk songs.

Now they are bringing the magic to the rest of Italy this Summer, and not just anywhere in Italy, but some very special places.

May 19th and 20th they will be performing at Verona’s ancient Roman Arena, can you imagine?  Verona is a joy to explore, so give yourself a day or two to see the city.

June 1st, 3rd, and 4th, Il Volo performs at Taormina’s Teatro Antico.  This, to me is the most incredible venue in the world for a concert.  Built by the Greeks in the 3rd century BC, and rebuilt and expanded by the Romans, the theater is a marvel, worth a visit during the day.  From the theater, the city of Taormina, Mt. Etna, and the sea create a breathtaking view.

Several other towns and venues are set for the Notte Magica tour as well.  If you are going to Italy this Summer and would like to see this fabulous trio and the beautiful places they perform, contact us to set up your accommodations, and fascinating things to see and do in the area.

Lindsay Sinko, PFI Travel, USA