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Italian Lesson #9 Una cosa bellissima – A beautiful thing

Posted on July 11th, 2010 by Sandy Florez

Every summer, Perugia hosts a 10 day jazz festival called Umbria Jazz. Now, this shouldn’t be mistaken for as some ordinary, run-of-the-mill music festival. In fact, it’s safe to say that Umbria Jazz is actually quite extraordinary.

As if I wasn’t lucky enough already, it just so happens that Umbria Jazz began Friday. I must admit that I am not well versed in the sounds of B.B King, Tony Bennett or Miles Davis, but this is the kind of festival that makes the never before jazz fan – well, a jazz fan for life.

For the next 10 days, Perugia becomes absolutely intoxicating (and I don’t just mean from birra e vino). But the free performances on the two main stages across the city center and the impromptu street shows, truly bring this medieval city to life. Not only do native Perugino’s partake in the fun, but thousands of people across the world come to this little town in central Italy to indulge in the music and melodies.

E una cosa bellissima.

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