Earlier this year, we posted a handy guide to the major music festivals on Lake Como this summer. But there are still many more festivals to enjoy this year – and with such a wide range of offerings, there is truly something special for everyone!

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Festival di Bellagio e del Lago di Como

The Bellagio Festival was founded in 2011, the 200th birthday of Hungarian composer Franz Liszt and the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. Since that time, it has hosted more than 200 events at venues across the lake, drawing inspiration from musicians, writers, thinkers and poets who spent some of the most intense moments of the artistic lives on the lake, personalities like Liszt, Verdi, Wagner, Stendhal, Flaubert and Manzoni. The events take place in extravagant villas, out-of-the-way locales and surprising open-air venues throughout the provinces of Como and Lecco. The concerts showcase international artists of great renown as well as young talents on the cusp of great careers and the supremely talented Bellagio Festival Orchestra, led by conductor and pianist Alessandro Calcagnile.

Though many of this year’s performances have already past, there are several more events to enjoy – and almost all of the events are free to the public. Guests at Palazzo del Vice Re will particularly enjoy the concert on August 2, which is in our local church less that 15 minutes’ walk from the Palazzo. For events further afield, check with Palazzo staff to arrange transportation to and from the venue or to reserve dinner at a traditional lakeside restaurant before the concert.

Bellagio Festival Orchestra will perform highlights of classical music throughout the summer at a variety of charming venues.

26 July, 9 p.m.
Chiesa dei Santi Epimaco e Gordiano

28 July, 9 p.m.
Music of Vivaldi and Corelli
Museo del Ghisallo in Magreglio

31 July, 9 p.m.
Music of Rossella Spinosa
Teatro Grigna in Civenna

1 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Verdi, Mozart and others
Piazza Cavour in Menaggio (outdoors)

2 August, 9 p.m.
Chiesa dei SS. Quirico e Giulitta

3 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Hayden, Saint-Saens and others
Fondazione Rockefeller, Bellagio

4 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Hasse and Pergolesi
Palazzo Belgiojoso in Lecco

6 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Rossella Spinosa
Auditorium Comunale in Esino Lario

8 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Mercadante and Glazunov
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

9 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Vivaldi
Chiesa di San Lorenzo, Abbadia Lariana

10 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Bach
Teatro Grigna in Civenna

11 August, 9 p.m.
Music of Mendelssohn, Mozart and Sibelius
Basilica di San Giacomo in Bellagio

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Gravedona Chamber Music Festival 2019

We love to recommend to guests at the Palazzo to visit the delightful town of Gravedona on Lake Como’s northern branch, with charms from the traffic-free promenade to the ancient church on a small headland, and from the scenic hiking trails to the stately Palazzo Gallio. A great way to experience this town is on a visit to a concert in the 2ndedition of the Gravedona Chamber Music Festival.

It was the sincere belief in music as “medicine for the soul” that prompted Dr. Clara Curtoni and Maestro Jacopo di Tonno to put together a chamber music festival on Lake Como. After the success of last year’s debut festival, this year’s promises to heal many more souls. Particularly charming are the morning “Breakfast with Bach” concerts that – though they start EARLY! – will offer guests the opportunity to spend the whole day on Lake Como’s northern branch.

Guests can buy a €90 subscription to attend all 9 concerts of the festival, or purchase individual tickets for €15. Children under 14 are free, tickets are €8 for children aged 14-18. Refreshments are served after each concert. Check the festival website for more information on tickets and the events themselves. Our staff at the Palazzo would be happy to advise guests on transportation to and from the concerts as well as attractive restaurants nearby to make the most of the summer evening.


2 August, 6 p.m.
Convento di S. Maria delle Grazie
Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello
Music from Schubert and Brahms

4 August, 8:30 a.m.
Colazione con Bach (Breakfast with Bach)
Palazzo Gallio, on the terrace
Enrico Filippo Maligno on Violin
Music from Bach

9 August, 6 p.m.
Mozart Tra Le Viole
Convento di S. Maria delle Grazie
Violin, Viola and Cello
Music from Mozart

11 August, 8:30 a.m. 
Colazione con Bach (Breakfast with Bach)
Palazzo Gallio, on the terrace
Mirei Yamada on Violin
Music from Bach

16 August, 6 p.m. 
Germogli in Musica
Convento di S. Maria delle Grazie
Cello and Piano
Music by Beethoven, Schuman, Tchaikovsky and others

18 August, 8:30 a.m.
Colazione con Bach (Breakfast with Bach)
Palazzo Gallio, on the terrace
Jacopo di Tonno on Cello
Music from Bach

23 August, 6 p.m.
Brahms e Schuman: Amici per la Musica
Convento di S. Maria delle Grazie
Violin, Viola, French Horn, Cello and Piano
Music from Brahms and Schuman

25 August, 8:30 a.m. 
Colazione con Bach (Breakfast with Bach)
Palazzo Gallio, on the terrace
Andrea Agostinelli on Cello
Music from Bach

30 August, 6 p.m.
A String Sextet for Strauss and Tchaikovsky
Convento di S. Maria delle Grazie
Violin, Viola and Cello
Music from Strauss and Tchaikovsky

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Menaggio International Guitar Festival

Created by passionate guitar teacher and performance guitarist Sergio Fabian Lavia, the International Guitar Festival in Menaggio is celebrating its 12th edition this year. The festival runs from August 23 to 25, when renowned guitarists from across the world will gather on Lake Como to play concerts at a range of venues near Menaggio, from cafés, bars and churches to the main stage on Piazza Garibaldi.

23 August

5:30 p.m.
Sabrina Morganti & Marco Cases
Bar Il Gabbiano

6:30 p.m.
ICF Musicale Soulart: Smokin’ Crickets
Ostello Ristorante La Primula

8:45 p.m.
“Andromeda” Filippo Consentino Trio
Piazza Garibaldi

10:00 p.m.
“Dream” Andrea Mele
Piazza Garibaldi

24 August

4 p.m.
Workshop “Ascoltando La Chitarr”
Hotel Bellavista

5 p.m.
Guitarists from the Guido Cantelli Conservatory in Novara: Fabio Bussola, with Davide Ruffini opening
Chiesa Santa Maria

6:30 p.m.
Filippo Consentino Trio
Re di Quadri

8:45 p.m.
“Wonderland” Andrea Vettoretti & Alice Guidolin
Piazza Garibaldi

10 p.m.
“Saudalgia” Sergio Fabian Lavia & Dilene Ferraz
Piazza Garibaldi

25 August

5:00 p.m.
Alkemia Trio, with Matteo Puricelli and Omar Carimati opening
Chiesa SS Lorenzo e Agnese

6:30 p.m.
Valentina D’Agnano, Cesare Rizzo and Federico Pessina
Pasticceria Cassera Moretti

“Guirimbadu” Vasco Ramalho & Eudoro Grade
Villa Vigoni

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Tramonti in Musica

In association with Agimus Lombardia, Villa Carlotta is hosting a sunset concert every Friday in September featuring the beautiful performances by renowned pianists, violinists and cellists.

6 September, 5 p.m.
Trio Gallien, Violin, Cello and Piano
Music from Chausson and Smetana

13 September, 5 p.m.
Simone Losappio on Piano
Music from Bach, Liszt, Chopin and Ginastera

20 September, 5 p.m. 
Elio Cecino on Piano
Music from Beethoven and Chopin

27 September, 5 p.m. 
Umut Saglam on Cello
Music from Bach, Hindemith, Saygun and Cassadò

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Tra Lago e Monti

Founded in 1988, the Tra Lago e Monti Festival (“Festival of Music Between Lake and Mountains”), offers concerts at some of the loveliest locations in the Province of Lecco, from churches to historic villas and outdoor locations both on the lake shore and in the mountains. Artistic director Roberto Porroni prides himself in curating a range of “rare listening” experiences that feature unusual combinations of instruments and styles.

25 July, 8:30 p.m.
An Evening in Buenos Aires 
Guitar, Clarinet, Cello and Bass, Music from Astor Piazzolla
Palazzo Belgiojoso, Lecco

8 August, 8:30 p.m.
Morricone Donaggio Ortolani
Guitar, Violin, Flute, Viola and Cello
Chiesa S. Giorgio, Cremeno

9 August, 8:30 p.m.
Raffinatezze Musicali
Flute and Harp, Music from J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Rossini, Debussy, Williams and Rota
Chiesa S Giovannni Evangelista, Cassina

11 August, 8:30 p.m. 
The Flute at the Opera 
The Flauti Zephyrus Orchestra, An orchestra of flutes playing opera classics from Mozart, Borne, Bellini, Verdi and Puccini
Villa Carnevali, Maggio

12 August, 8:30 p.m.
Sounds Within Cultures 
Various traditional wind instruments and Percussion. World music from indigenous cultures
Chiesa della Madonnina, Vendrogno

13 August, 8:30 p.m.
Ennio Morricone and Fabio Concato
Guitar, Violin, Flute, Viola and Cello
Palazzetto dello Sport, Barzio

14 August, 8:30 p.m.
Masterpieces of Baroque
Music Flute and Cembalo.
Music from Händel, Bach, Platti, Corelli, Telemann, Pergolesi and Vivaldi
Chiesa S. Michele, Introbio

17 August, 8:30 p.m.
Stanley Kubrick’s Film Soundtrack
Guitar, Violin, Flute, Viola and Cello.  Music made famous in Kubrick’s films.
Monastero del Carmelo, Concenedo

18 August, 8:30 p.m.
Enfant Cheri des Dames, a Fantasy for Two Harps
Music from Steibelt, Bach, Meyer and more
Chiesa S. Maria Nascente, Maggio

20 August, 9:00 p.m.
Vagues Saxophone Quartet
Music from North, Françaix, Bach, Bizet and others
Sagrato Chiesa S. G. Battista

21 August, 8:30 p.m.
Aranjuez! Music from Spain
Harp and Guitar.  Music from Falla, Bacarisse and others
Chiesa S. Francesco, Moggio

22 August, 8:30 p.m.
Schubert, Bloch, Ravel
Violin and Piano
Chiesa SS Pietro e Paolo, Primaluna

24 August, 3:00 p.m.
Bobbio in Jazz Rifutio
Harmonica, Guitar and Bass
Ratti, Piani di Bobbio

25 August, 8:30 p.m.
Music from the Americas
Guitar, Clarinet, Cello and Bass. Music from Jobim, Barroso, Piazzolla and Ellington
Villa Monastero, Varenna

14 September, 8:30 p.m.
Around the World with the Sax and Guitar
Music from Bartok, Galliano, Shostakovich, Morricone and more
Chiesa S Giorgio, Varenna