Information about one of the most watched broadcasts of Italian TV
Are you looking for interesting events taking place during this period? Well, the day when one of the main Italian traditions happens is approaching. In fact, Tuesday, February 6th the sixty-eight edition of the Sanremo Festival starts, one of the most followed Italian television programs. Here then are some curiosities and historical information about this singing contest that ends with the final evening of 10th February.
The festival is one of the most followed social events in Italy in recent years. The first edition took place in 1951 with the name Festival della Canzone italiana di Sanremo. Angelo Nicola Amato and Angelo Nizza had the intuition to organize this singing event. In the first edition there were only three performers who sang the songs in the competition. The editions up until 1954 were broadcast exclusively for radio from the casino of Sanremo. later it became exclusively a television event broadcast in Eurovision on Raiuno.
Here is another thing: the 1967 edition was marked by a terrible news event. The singer Luigi Tenco was found dead in his hotel room. The edition that has had more viewers than ever was that of 1987 in which the share reached 77%. The one that instead marked the negative record of spectators was the 2014 edition with only 47% of viewers.
To date there are a total of six singers who have won both in the VIP category and in the new proposals.
Where it takes place
Until 1976 the festival took place inside the casino theater of Sanremo, then from the following year, except for the 1990 edition that was held at the PalaFiori, it moved to the Ariston theater. This presents a space that allows to host a large stage that welcomes not only the singers in the competition but also the accompanying orchestra. The sceneries are one of the characteristic elements of the festival and are one of the most followed traditions of national television. The Sanremo Festival is one of the most long-lived and admired Italian television programs.
The 2018 edition
Now take a look at this: the conductor of the 68th edition will be the singer Claudio Baglioni. At his side will as co-hosts there will be the actor Pierfrancesco Favino and Michelle Hunziker.
For this edition the singers and songs are:
Robi Facchinetti e Riccardo Fogli – Il segreto del tempo
Nina Zilli – Senza Appartenere
the Kolors – Frida
Diodato e Roy Paci – Adesso
Mario Biondi – Rivederti
Luca Barbarossa –Passame er sale
Lo Stato Sociale – Una vita in vacanza
Annalisa – Il mondo prima di te
Giovanni Caccamo – Eterno
Enzo Avitabile con Peppe Servillo – Il coraggio di ogni giorno
Ornella Vanoni con Bungaro e Pacifico – Imparare ad amarsi
Renzo Rubino – Custodire
Noemi – Non smettere mai di cercarmi
Ermal Meta e Fabrizio Moro – Non mi avete fatto niente
Le Vibrazioni – Così sbagliato
Ron – Almeno pensami
Max Gazzè – La leggenda di Cristalda e Pizzomunno
Decibel – Lettera dal Duca
Elio e le storie tese – Arrivedorci
Red Canzian – Ognuno ha un suo racconto
Let me explain: tickets for the event can be purchased at the theater box office. Prices range from € 100 to € 660 depending on seat and evening.
How to reach Sanremo and where to stay
To reach Sanremo you can use:
- the car
- the train.
By car it is easily reachable from the main Italian cities by the A10 Genova-Ventimiglia motorway. The train station is located a few hundred meters from the theater and is on the Milan-Ventimiglia line. The nearest airport is Genoa’s Cristoforo Colombo from which you can reach the city by public transport or taxi.
To sleep we recommend booking La Mimosa del Golfo b & b located 6 km away from Sanremo in Ospedaletti Ligure. The cost of the stay is around 70 € for two people. Alternatively, you can stay at the Principe hotel in the heart of the town. The cost is around € 70 per person.
After all, as you have seen, there are many reasons of interest for one of the most followed Italian television programs. What are you waiting for? Get ready to see the Sanremo festival on Italian TV. Now that you know how to get there you can also go to see live one of the most representative Italian traditions of our time.