Allora, Italy has won Eurovision, and they will be hosting next year: but where? Just one day after Måneskin’s victory, a number of cities have already expressed their interest in taking the job. Finish your cappuccinos, we’re going on a trip around Italy!
For this post, we’re counting the words of either mayors or the whole municipality. Councillors from cities like Milan or Bologna have expressed their wish to host Eurovision, however the highest authorities of these cities have not yet commented on the issue.
Rai will be opening a tender soon. The official bids will be released during the next few weeks and a decision is expected by summer. The final choice is still a long way off, but here are those who are already at the starting position.
The capital city and the hometown of Måneskin seems like an obvious choice. On Sunday, the city’s mayor Virginia Raggi tweeted: “Måneskin’s victory was fantastic. Rome is proud of our guys. Next year, Italy will host Eurovision. Rome is the perfect stage to take the challenge”.
Quella dei #Maneskin è stata una vittoria fantastica. Roma orgogliosa dei suoi ragazzi. L'anno prossimo l'Italia ospiterà #EurovisionSongContest 2022. Roma è il palcoscenico perfetto per rilanciare la sfida. pic.twitter.com/EJ4yAIOnQh
— Virginia Raggi (@virginiaraggi) May 23, 2021
Rome needs little introduction. The city is one of the world’s hottest tourists spots, has over 2,000 years of history and even the microstate of the Vatican within its territory.
Rome already hosted Eurovision in 1991, however, the venue is not the most suitable for Eurovision these days: the contest was held at Cinecittà television studios.
The mayor of Turin was also among the quickest to offer their city to host. Writing on Twitter on Sunday morning, mayor Chiara Appendino said: “Congratulations Måneskin! We begin to work today in Turin’s bid, while we wait for the announcement [of the tender to host].”
— Chiara Appendino (@c_appendino) May 23, 2021
Turin is the fourth biggest city in Italy, and it has hosted events such as the 2006 Winter Olympics. It is home of one of the biggest football clubs in the world, Juventus.
Pesaro is a little city with a big arena. It’s not far from San Marino and has around 95,000 inhabitants. Vitrifrigo Arena, which can accommodate up to 10,000 people, is located there.
Writing on Twitter, mayor Matteo Ricci said: “Next year, Eurovision will be held in Italy. We are bidding to host in Vitrigrifo Arena, one of the biggest and most beautiful venues in the country. Pesaro was named Creative City of Music by the UNESCO. Who better than us can host such a big musical event?”.
Il prossimo anno @Eurovision in Italia: ci candidiamo ufficialmente ad ospitarlo alla Vitrifrigo Arena, una della più grandi nel Paese e una delle più belle. Pesaro è Città Creativa della Musica @UNESCO. Chi meglio di noi per ospitare il grande evento musicale? @thisismaneskin ? pic.twitter.com/8R1u18gPDZ
— Matteo Ricci (@matteoricci) May 23, 2021
Where do you want to go next year? Which cities would you like to see bidding? Tell us in the comment section below!