And their beautiful Italian birthplaces: in honor of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Turin in 2022.
With Eurovision landing in Turin, our official travel partner Booking.com shines a light on Italy’s rich and diverse music scene, ranging from Italo-disco to opera. Here is a guide to the most iconic Italian musical artists and their Italian birthplaces.
Venice, Veneto – birthplace of Patty Pravo
Patty Pravo was born Nicoletta Strambelli in Venice in 1948, becoming a legend of Italian music, as well as the embodiment of reinvention and rebellion against societal expectations. A classically trained musician, she made history in 1994 as the country’s first artist to perform in China, posed for Playboy, and became the third most successful Italian singer of all time, selling 110 million records. Visit Venice in honor of Patty, using her most famous songs – La Bambola (The Doll), Idea Pazza (Crazy Idea)and Pensiero Stupendo (Wonderful Thought) – like a playlist to stroll through the city’s winding alleys and waterways. Must-sees include the Rialto Bridge, the Grand Canal, Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, and the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute. Stay a few hundred meters from the Basilica and the Rialto at B&B Beroni a Venezia.
Faenza, Emilia-Romagna – birthplace of Laura Pausini
In 1993, 18-year-old Laura Pausini suddenly took center stage, winning first place in San Remo with his first hit single Loneliness. During her career, she has racked up many accolades, from singing for the Pope to becoming the first Italian female artist to win a Grammy Award. Embark on a Pausini fan pilgrimage to his birthplace, Faenza, a town that straddles the Lamone River just 50km southeast of Bologna. Stay at Il portico B&b in the center of Faenza.
Lajatico, Tuscany – birthplace of Andrea Bocelli
Bocelli – one of the world’s most beloved tenors and an Italian national treasure – was born in 1958 in the ancient Tuscan town of Lajatico. Another artist who shot to fame shortly after a landslide victory at the prestigious Sanremo Music Festival (but this time in 1994), Bocelli wowed the crowds with a mesmerizing performance by Il Mare Calmo Della Sera (the calm evening sea). Since then, he has sold over 75 million records worldwide, introduced classical music to the mainstream and pop charts, and become an Italian icon. Head to the Tuscan hills just southeast of Pisa to visit Lajatico, the beautiful birthplace of Bocelli. The town is a charming collection of ruined 11th-century castles, a few family restaurants and cafes, and a church with a bell tower set in the pretty main square. And every July, the Teatro del Silenzio (Theatre of Silence) – an open-air amphitheater that Bocelli helped establish – hosts a concert featuring the great tenor himself, often alongside other iconic Italian artists. like Laura Pausini. Stay at La Casetta Di Borgo in Lajatico.
Modena, Emilia-Romagna – birthplace of Luciano Pavarotti
Late legend Luciano Pavarotti was one of Italy’s most famous exports and a household name internationally. Famous for his larger than life performances, he sang on the hallowed stages of La Scala in Milan and the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in London, among others. He also starred in unforgettable performances, including the Winter Olympics in Italy, and Princess Diana’s famous serenade with a Puccini tune at a concert in Hyde Park. Pavarotti was born and raised in Modena in 1935, a town in the Emilia-Romagna region just northwest of Bologna, where he also died in 2007. Visit his birthplace to pay homage to Pavarotti by staying at the B&B The Noci di Feo.
Busto Arsizio, Lombardy – birthplace of Mina
Mina Anna Mazzini (known simply as “Mina”) is the best-selling Italian singer of all time, having sold 150 million records. Now 82, she has produced 79 albums and 71 singles during her illustrious career. And became a famous Italian icon thanks to her agile soprano voice, her vocal range of three octaves and her image as a powerful, liberated and independent woman. Visit his birthplace, Busto Arsizio, a town near Milan known for its architecture, with several important churches featuring incredible frescoes, such as the Renaissance-style church of Santa Maria di Piazza. Stay at DE PIANTE GUEST guesthouse.