The square lights up

the hidden drawings of an unfinished facade

In Bologna in Piazza Maggiore on September nights, the unfinished facade of the Basilica of San Petronio lights up as if by magic with colors and designs to the notes of Rossini. On the opening night with a live concert (15 September) and on the following evenings until 19 September, starting at 9 pm, we will see the drawings never made for the covering of its facade, the work of the most famous architects in history, from Palladio onwards. . Piazza Maggiore will appear to us like this, as in a dream, with its Basilica decorated with Gothic spiers or Renaissance arches or full of Baroque scrolls up to the most innovative ideas of the 20th century and today. The evocative and overwhelming music of Rossini’s William Tell Overture will be the sound background of these unforgettable nights.



Thursday 15 September 2022
9 pm
Piazza Maggiore

Luca Agnani Studio videomapping

Orchestra Senzaspine

Matteo Parmeggiani orchestra conductor

historical – artistic introduction by
Luigi Ficacci and Mario Cucinella


Ottorino Respighi

Richard Wagner
Lohengrin: Preludio all’Atto III
I maestri cantori di Norimberga: Preludio

Gioachino Rossini
L’Italiana in Algeri: Ouverture
Guglielmo Tell: Ouverture


Piazza Maggiore

September 16 – 19, 2022
9 – 9.30 – 10 – 10.30 – 11 pm

– Access to the concert on September 15 is free without reservation
– Numbered seats reserved for Bologna Festival 2022 members and supporters
– Unnumbered seats reserved for Bologna Festival 2022 subscribers with PASS to be collected at Bologna Welcome (Piazza Maggiore 1 / E):
from 24 August to 11 September
Monday to Saturday 9 am – 6.30 pm
Sunday 10 am – 4.30 pm
– The videomapping shows on 16 – 19 September are free access and do not include seats

051 6493397
Mon – Fri 9.30 am -1.30 pm | 2.30 – 5.30 pm

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