teatro illuminati

Città di Castello – Teatro degli Illuminati

Città di castello – Teatro Comunale degli Illuminati

This theatre was built by architect Antonio Gabrielli and commissioned by “Accademici Illuminati”. It hosted the first performance in 1666. Operation went on for many years with some restorations in between until in 1783 it was decided to re-build it completely. In 1939 the theatre was sold to the municipality of Città di Castello. The latest restorations took place in two stages: the most substantial one in 1979 and the second one in 1984; these allowed the use of stalls and gallery for about four hundred people. The theatre hosts its usual programme and is a venue for Festival delle Nazioni and many other cultural events of the city.


29th august
9,00 pm.

Città di Castello, Chiesa di San Domenico

Jugendorchester der Bayerischen Philharmonie
Young orchestra of the Bavaria Philarmonic
David Frühwirth violin
Henri Bonamy director and piano


CARL MARIA VON WEBER Der Freischütz op. 77: Ouvertüre
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Concert for piano and orchestra n.3 in C minor op. 37
HEINZ SCHUBERT Concertante Suite for violin and chamber orchestra
FELIX MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY Symphony n. 5 in D major op. 107 The reform

Germany is the 2017 guest country, the same year marks the fifth centennary of the protestant reformation whose beginning conventionally coincides with the publication of Luther’s 95 theses in Wittenberg’s church.
The Festival remembers such important anniversary with the opening concert: one of Mendelssohn’s masterpieces, the Fifth Symphony, called The reformation. It was composed to celebrate three hundred years of the Augusta protestant denomination which fell in 1830.
The performance is by Jugendorchester der Bayerischen Philharmonie, the 34 years old Munich ensemble boasts which is the longest tradition of Bavaria. During the first part of the evening, the orchestra will perform two pieces of its repertoire: The Marksman’s ouverture by Weber, dated 1821, which is usually regarded as the German romanticism manifesto and Beethoven’s third concert, a real turning point in the concert history for piano and orchestra, one of Beethoven’s favourite. Besides Weber, Beethoven and Mendelssohn a seldom performed XX century piece by Heinz Schubert, a german composer and orchestra conductor who died during the second world war.

Ex Essiccatoi tabacco

CITTA DI CASTELLO – Burri Museum, ex-Tobacco Drying Warehouse

Città di Castello – Burri Museum, ex-Tobacco Drying Warehouse

The ex-Drying Warehouse complex, inaugurated in 1990, completes the collection in the Palazzo Albizzini, with the exhibition of the cycles of large format works created by Burri between 1979 and 1993.  The large structure, built for the Tobacco Production Consortium in the 1950s for drying the tropical tobacco produced in the area, discontinued this role in the 1970s.  In 1978 Burri obtained the use of the warehouse as a workshop.  In 1989 the Burri Trust acquired the entire complex and began restructuring it for the purpose of housing the works of the Tiber Valley artist.  The large halls, completely painted black in accordance with Burri’s wishes, contain 128 large  works of art, separated by cycles: the Journey (1979), Sextant (1982), Red and Black (1984), Cellotex T (1975-84),  Growing Dark (1985-87), Don’t Like Black (1988), Black (1988-90), Metamorfotex (1991) and Black and Gold (1992-93).

C.d.c. Villa Montesca

Città di Castello – Villa Montesca Park

Villa della Montesca e Parco

Villa Montesca is the most impressive villa around Città di Castello, it was built from 1880 on the project of architect Boccini of Florence and commissioned by barons Giulio and Leopoldo Franchetti.
Baron Leopoldo, a senator and a philanthropist , remains one of the most important figures of Città di Castello where he took his wife Alice Hallgarten. Together they promoted economic, educational and social initiatives in favour of sharecroppers, women and in general of the poorer families.
The villa today is owned by Regione Umbria and hosts training courses of high european ranking. In this way it respects the original educational goal of its founders.

The park was built together with the villa from 1885 and is unique in Umbria for its variety of plants. Still present today are exotic and mediterranean species which were brought into the garden by baron Fianchetti from his many travels at the beginning of the century. The structure of park with its paths is reminiscent of the english style; vegetation is typical of the period and is dominated by the presence of conifer trees but many other unusual and rare species are also present.