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Music from the Adriatic Coast

Round the coastline of the pearly Adriatic music is imbued with centuries of wealth and exploration from Roman, Venetian and Ottoman times, the romance of the sea, and exquisite seaside venues in which to listen to the modern sound of an ancient place.

For classical music lovers, Italy clearly means the La Scala for opera in Milan or the Verona Arena festivals and operatic season. Feel your pulse race when you attend an opera staged among the ruins of ancient Rome or sigh with pleasure at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto. The Ravello Festival takes place every year in the enchanted scenery of the Amalfi Coast, an event not to be missed by those who want to be won over by the magic of great music played in an incomparably beautiful background. Listen for a Neapolitan serenade while your eyes linger on the sun setting over the sea.

Slovenia’s own brand of polka music reached its peak in the accordion and ensemble of Slavko Avsenik, while the annual festival in Stična is a feast of choral singing, and the France Marolt folk group have performed their singing and dancing all over the world. The contemporary thrill of classical music is the territory of the Slovenian Philharmonic. Laibach have been a highly influential band in the last few decades in modern alternative music. The ethno-pop of Magnifico has gained a rising international profile.

You’ll find that San Marino hosts a variety of musical events throughout the year, including classical and special winter holiday concerts, jazz festivals, and international groups. Croatia also offers many opportunities to enjoy music at festivals showcasing different genres of music, local or international musicians, and often in stunning outdoor settings. A picture may speak a thousand words but a video clip lets you hear the music –literally. Listen to Montenegro’s most popular musicians.

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