The Artistic Director of the Verona Arena has expressed their interest in bringing Eurovision to the historic venue.
Gianmarco Mazzi, the Artistic Director of the historic Verona Arena has put the arena forward as a potential venue for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The Verona Arena is a Roman amphitheatre and would require extensive work to be made suitable to host the contest.
Mr Mazzi recognises that the likelihood of hosting is slim saying:
Never say never in life, but I want to be honest, I think it will be very difficult. Eurovision foresees crazy structures that logistically do not reconcile with our amphitheatre, it takes months of work and above all they usually choose covered locations because otherwise in case of rain it would be a disaster. Fortunately for us we have a mayor who always pushes hard on the accelerator and does everything to bring the big events to Verona so I would never say never, but it will be very difficult to see Eurovision 2022 in the Arena.
Rai will hold a bidding process to determine which city will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, details will be revealed in due time. The following cities have already seen local politicians express an interest:
Måneskin and their entry “Zitti E Buoni” won the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Måneskin is a rock band from Rome, consisting of members Damiano David (lead vocals), Victoria De Angelis (bass), Thomas Raggi (guitar), and Ethan Torchio (drums).
Image Source: Arena di Verona | Source: Eurofestival News
Italy debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has participated a total of 42 times to date. Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past. Italy has won the contest three times, the first time being in 1964 and the latest being in 2021. Italy’s hosting of the contest in 1991 has been remembered as one of the most chaotic contests to date. Since their return in 2011 Italy has finished in the top 10 on eight occasions.