There aren't many jazz events that compare to Perugia's Umbria Jazz Festival. Spanning ten musical days it has a reputation as one of the most important festivals of its kind on the globe.
Usually we don't like a show-off, but the Umbria Jazz Festival has every right to blow its own trumpet. This historic event has been running for over 40 years and is considered one of the biggest and best jazz fests in the world, attracting more than 200,000 spectators annually.
Despite debuting in 1973, the city of Perugia has only been the sole home of the festival since the mid-90s. Across the ten day event, many concerts can be found at the Arena Santa Giuliana as well as the Teatro Morlacchi; ticket prices range from €15 to over €100. But don't fret over the fee; you'll be guaranteed value for money considering previous bluesmen that have graced the stage include the likes of James Brown and B.B. King. And while this is ultimately a jazz festival, you can expect to hear a host of other musical genres around the city, with critically acclaimed, big name artists such as Elton John, Sting and Phil Collins headlining in the past.
It's not all doom and gloom if you can't get a ticket, as many performances and smaller spectacles attract thousands to the city's main piazza, where you can listen to some talented, regional musicians completely free of charge. Even if you're in Rome, a two hour train journey is all it takes to enjoy a slice of the action; a perfect chance to show-off some of your latest dance moves too.
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