Umbria Jazz Festival 2008

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Umbria Jazz, is one of the most important music festivals in the world, taking place this year 11–20 July.

The town of beautiful town of Perugia transforms itself from the sleepy University town into a throbbing artistic centre for the month of July. Check out the website to see the programme and book tickets. This year sees the likes of REM, Alicia Keys, Pat Metheny and Herbie Hancock to name only a few.

And why not combine this with the International Music Festival in Spoleto. Using these two stunning towns as a backdrops, the organisers of these events have managed to combine art, culture and spectacular music to produce truly memorable events which attract visitors from the whole world. Essential Italy thoroughly recommends dipping your toe into these theatrical occasions.