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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.

Rome

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”.

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.

Turin

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].”

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

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?”.

Where do you want to go next year? Which cities would you like to see bidding? Tell us in the comment section below!

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Jose
Jose
3 months ago

I am not sure about Rome. There’s an important event in PalaLottomatica with tickets already on sale from 12 to 15 of may: the musical Notre Dame de Paris. So Rome with that venue only could be a contender in the first week of may

Johannes
Johannes
4 months ago

A Eurovision in a big football stadium like in 2011 would be nice again!

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
4 months ago
Reply to  Johannes

I disagree; having been in Düsseldorf and in Rotterdam, I must say that I much preferred the smaller arena. Way better from the point of view from the audience.

euromeuro
euromeuro
4 months ago

I think it will be 70% Turin / 30% Milan.

-Rome is already crowded without Eurovision. The city has basically the same problem like Amsterdam. The potential venue in Rome is not suitable at all for such a show.
-The arena in Milan is far away from the city center. It might be a potential venue but it’s just not as perfect the Pala Alpitur in Turin which is almost located in the city center.
-Bologna, Pesaro and the other cities also have good arenas but i don’t think that one of them will be chosen for Eurovision.

noone
noone
4 months ago

Mediolanum Forum in Milan is the obvious choice, it hosted a couple of MTV Awards. Milan is organized, also has the best infrastructure, venues and hotels in Italy, far better than the chaos of Rome. And we all know how it went in Rome the last time: “Mister Naef, misterrr Naef!!!”

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
4 months ago
Reply to  noone

I don’t think we should hold the chaos of 1991 against Rome. It’s 30 years later. I did not like Jerusalem 1999 and Copenhagen 2001 either, and the later editions in Israel and Denmark were totally different and much better.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 months ago

I assume it’s been mentioned here before, but next year, with a Big Five country hosting, the Grand Final will be slightly shorter because there will be only 25 spots…

…Unless the EBU invites another country, and gives that country a courtesy advance into the final to make it 26.

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

They should make a rule that if a big 5 wins, the next highest placing “semi country” should get an automatic slot. So in 2022, Switzerland should be an AQ. Thus always having a 26 country final.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
4 months ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

I sincerely hope it’s Kazakhstan, somehow, even though I hope that every year and it never happens. just such a good music scene over there

Azaad
Azaad
4 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

I think if they were to invite Kazakhstan, it would be in a year where there would otherwise only be 25 acts. They could be invited on the same basis as Australia, automatic finalists in their debut but would need to qualify from the semis thereafter.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
4 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

I agree. so im holding out hope for 2022 especially because of only 25 being in the final

Bengt Jacobsson
Bengt Jacobsson
4 months ago

Any city would work. As long as they keep Toto Cutogno away from hosting. Far away.

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
4 months ago

I’m certain Italy has many suitable choices, I’d like to read up about its arenas and was a bit disappointed this article doesn’t cover that. The logistics side of the show (and bidding process) really interests me. Two big points however: Will we be able to got back to having a big arena packed to the brim? How much will corona virus be around? Will it be safe to do so? I’m sure Italy has many arenas to choose from, but assuming most of them have a sports team, will they let them use it? Could the team refuse to… Read more »

Caterina
Caterina
4 months ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

In Turin there is no issue – Juventus and Torino FC (the best club in town even if they lose a lot, a real lot) both have their own stadiums. One of the possible venues in Torino is Palalpitour ,which apart from being perfect ’cause I could walk home from the ESC grand final(!!! can you tell I’m excited?) is pretty central, lots of places to go out before and after in central Torino, whereas in some of the other cities the stadiums are in the middle of nowhere and you would have to bus in and out. Palalpitour mainly… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Caterina
HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
4 months ago
Reply to  Caterina

Does this arena have a basketball or Ice hockey team, that may not want to move out? Unless they could be convinced, as the contest is a huge oppertunity for any city

Caterina
Caterina
4 months ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

No. Nothing like that. It’s essentially a large concert venue. In May 2022, looks like there is nothing currently scheduled there. There are two events in April, one of which is a Måneskin concert:)

La Signora
La Signora
4 months ago

It would be cool in Naples for the second time (cause I live there lol), I hope in Rome anyway

Colono
Colono
4 months ago

Vatican City 2022!

It’d be a bless to see all the rainbow flags and everything.

Azaad
Azaad
4 months ago
Reply to  Colono

I thought we had this discussion already with Jerusalem, not to mention that the Vatican is its own state.

Rogesc
Rogesc
4 months ago

I would say, pick the Colosseum in Rome as venue. Beautiful stage in the centre, light up the arcades and there you have a phenomenal stage, as Italian as it gets.

Maartijn
Maartijn
4 months ago
Reply to  Rogesc

So you want them to screw a 2000 years old historical world heritage? OK, je me casse.

RogEsc
RogEsc
4 months ago
Reply to  Maartijn

Yes of course, or just use it as a public toilet….

For your nightrest hearby the disclaimer that I should’ve put under my reaction;

‘taking into account safety and historical value’

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
4 months ago
Reply to  Rogesc

Using a protected Unesco site as a modern eurovision venue. What can go wrong?

Azaad
Azaad
4 months ago

Apparently Florence is being discussed as a possible host?

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

Not true

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

That would be interesting. Do they have an indoor arena capable of holding 10,000?

Azaad
Azaad
4 months ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

That’s what I was wondering. The Nelson Mandela stadium maybe?

matt
matt
4 months ago

Bologna has advanced its candidacy, as well. I think it would be a marvellous venue, very well served, too

Last edited 4 months ago by matt
Gippa
Gippa
4 months ago
Reply to  matt

Yeah, I love Bologna, it is one of my favourite italian cities.

Caterina
Caterina
4 months ago
Reply to  matt

Except that Unipol arena is a bit of a hike out of town. Its not like you are in the centre and can easily pop in and out of ESC and sightseeing, unlike in Torino which is perfect from this perspective.

Anne Marie
Anne Marie
4 months ago

How is the win actually perceived in Italy? I heard that the ESC is not that important there. Are the Italians happy?

hzalfa
hzalfa
4 months ago
Reply to  Anne Marie

Of course. As is the case for all unpopular competitions, they are only unpopular until your country wins them. There is a lot of talk about Eurovision at the moment and I imagine that a lot more people will watch it not only next year, but also in the years afterwards.

Anne Marie
Anne Marie
4 months ago
Reply to  hzalfa

Yes, similar thing happened in Austria when Conchita won and France also had more interest when Amir did so well. Would love to see the interest rising there!

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Anne Marie

Maybe there is hope for UK and Ireland yet so

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Excuse me? UK had the highest viewing rates in the BIG 5 and probably the highest viewing numbers (along with Germany).

The interest is there, but BBC is failing us. If the UK had been the big favourite to win, the viewing rates would have exploded in the UK.

BBC is killing Eurovision’s potential and it’s sad that even the OGAE club here is not bothering to put pressure on BBC.

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Anne Marie

France got a new record of viewing rates this year, biggest since 2009!

Héctor
Héctor
4 months ago
Reply to  Anne Marie

I have an Italian co-worker and he told me the same thing. They do know what it is but they aren’t that much into it at all. Anyway, I think your country winning in something “big” (as sports, Eurovision, Olympics,…) is generally celebrated and a reason to be proud. There’s also a chance this win makes the interest of Italy in Eurovision grows. Certainly the audience in Italy has been growing since they returned.

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Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

Same here but i think the fact that younger generations grew up without Eurovision really damaged the contest in Italy because all they know about Eurovision is from other Europeans and i am sure they don’t have an accurate impression. ESC is mostly remembered by older people in Italy.

The victory of Maneskin (highly popular with younger audience) will definitely help Eurovision in Italy next year and the following years. Even now you can see millions of views and an increase in the subscribers of the official YT channel

Mark
Mark
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

I think the young/ new generation likes it again

here the data:(with marketshare per age group)

https://www.eurofestivalnews.com/2021/05/23/eurovision-2021-ascolti-finale/

Rob
Rob
4 months ago
Reply to  Anne Marie

Oh yes. Eurovision had a small but increasing fanbase before, and the show is getting increased interest with Maneskin’s win. I expect Rai to hype next year’s edition up like they do so well with Sanremo, so the public learns more about the contest and how it works.

Iamme
Iamme
4 months ago
Reply to  Anne Marie

It is not an absolutely popular show such as Sanremo but the last edition , mainly thanks to the appeal of the young band has gained a bit more of popular attention. I guess next year it will increase even more.

Yudhistira Mahasena
4 months ago

For me it’s either Rome or Milan.

Rome because it’s the capital, and capital cities often host the Eurovision Song Contest. For the venue, I prefer PalaLottomatica.

But Milan, because I’m an AC Milan fan, and if Milan 2022 is a thing, I’d like to see Eurovision 2022 being held in San Siro.

chalmers
chalmers
4 months ago

A Eurovision venue needs to have a fully enclosed roof, so Rome with PalaLottomatica fits the requirement, but not San Siro (unless the build a retractable roof)

Alex
Alex
4 months ago

I think it depends if there are any concerts/events booked next April/May. However, I am sure RAI will not go for the capital in the footsteps of Germany and the Netherlands. Rome is very popular already and next year we will be back to normal so tourists will start flocking the city. They would want to go for another city such as Milano and Torino. Bologna could be a surprise like Dusseldorf. I don’t like northern Italy because it does not represent the Italy we all know and the weather sucks lol. For me it would have been perfect to… Read more »

Aan Gomes Branco
Aan Gomes Branco
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

I’d also prefer it to be Rome (ideally, my beloved Napoli, but it doesn’t have the conditions to host Eurovision).

Iamme
Iamme
4 months ago

Arena di Verona would be the most impressive scenery of all. No other stage could compete.
Two milleniums of non-stop performance; from sport to theatre, from music to religion.

matt
matt
4 months ago
Reply to  Iamme

and what if it rains?

Iamme
Iamme
4 months ago
Reply to  matt

It is held in May. In Italy.

Caterina
Caterina
4 months ago
Reply to  Iamme

It has been raining ten out of last 20 days.In May. In Italy.

Ammm
Ammm
4 months ago
Reply to  Iamme

And today it’s raining. In May. In Italy. And yesterday we had 28 °C and a bright sun.
It’s Italy, not Egypt… 😉

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Iamme

I’ve been to Italy many times during the summer, May-September and it has always rained ferociously atleast 1 day, with crazy thunderstorms on one particular June trip

Aan Gomes Branco
Aan Gomes Branco
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Yeah, Especially in that region. I’ve witnessed a hail storm in Firenze in the middle of August.

Caterina
Caterina
4 months ago
Reply to  Iamme

Today in Torino it is raining.

Yudhistira Mahasena
4 months ago
Reply to  Iamme

But Arena di Verona is an outdoor arena, and Eurovision must always be held in indoor venues that can accommodate 10,000 spectators or more so nobody gets rained on.

James
James
4 months ago

Too far a reach but Sanremo 2022, maybe? 😀

hzalfa
hzalfa
4 months ago
Reply to  James

Sanremo’s Ariston theatre is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too small to host Eurovision. The only reason the music festival is held there is because of tradition, there have even been talks of building a bigger arena in the town to have a bigger audience during the festival, but it’s not happening yet.

Laura
Laura
4 months ago
Reply to  James

It’s already too small for the Festival, let’s not talk for Esc…

Rob
Rob
4 months ago
Reply to  James

Oh gosh, that theatre would collapse after ten minutes lol

sucof
sucof
4 months ago
Reply to  James

near sanremo there is a huge structure, but i’m not sure if it meets the eurovision specifications regarding the height

http://www.sanremonews.it/typo3temp/pics/m_c41d09aa39.jpg

Last edited 4 months ago by sucof
canada_piano
canada_piano
4 months ago
Reply to  sucof

it has about the same height as the maastricht arena considered in 2020, which didnt meet height regulations

Justin
Justin
4 months ago

Rome, at the Colosseum! it could have temporary seating and staging installed with a temporary roof for rain etc.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Justin

It could ruin the place!

Maartijn
Maartijn
4 months ago
Reply to  Justin

I think you’re crazy lol

matt
matt
4 months ago
Reply to  Justin

coliseum, temporary roof…..OMG, are u serious?

Azaad
Azaad
4 months ago
Reply to  Justin

There’s a higher chance that ESC 2022 will be at Valentina’s backyard than at the Colosseum

Gino
Gino
4 months ago

I hope RAI will bring back the orchestra or live instruments, Italy and Albania are the only ones i can see doing that.

Hello hi
Hello hi
4 months ago
Reply to  Gino

I would love to see the orchestra return . It would be ideal for many enteries

Azaad
Azaad
4 months ago
Reply to  Hello hi

It does limit the kind of songs we could hear – Shum as one example. I’m for bringing back live instruments as an option for acts who really want to play the piano/guitar/violin/etc on stage, but keeping instrumental backing for the acts who want them.

Aan Gomes Branco
Aan Gomes Branco
4 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

It doesn’t limit at all. San Remo uses live orchestra. Maneskin performed with the orchestra and it was *magnific*.

Azaad
Azaad
4 months ago

Zitti e buoni could be put to an orchestra with a different arrangement. EDM can’t.

Sot
Sot
4 months ago

Im saying that right now, it’s already between Rome and Pesaro, Turin has no chance just because of the major COVID outbreak there… I think Rome still has the most chances but Pesaro could also be a nice alternative

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Sot

COVID will hopefully be a thing of the past by then with vaccinations being completed and a substantial supply for everyone who’ll need boosters.
Case in point, the 2021 contest happening at all. The very fact that 2021 happened at all is testament to that. (Obviously with restrictions) but the restrictions should be gone by then, being completely unnecessary in 2022.
I don’t see why there won’t be a full capacity or as close to capacity ESC again. I worst case scenario, I think it will be like 2021 which was still pretty close to normal.

Sot
Sot
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

I hope so! But Italy has still thousands of cases, every day, doesn’t it? And most of them are in Northern Italy! Anyway, ultimately I hope Pesaro will be chosen just because Rome had had its moment to shine (a city can’t shine but ok) twice now!

sucof
sucof
4 months ago
Reply to  Sot

today there have been 2000 positives throughout Italy, vaccination is working as in all of Europe!

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  sucof

Just 348 here in Ireland today, from a high of 8000 a few months back

Aan Gomes Branco
Aan Gomes Branco
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

But Italy has 60 million people and Ireland has 4 million. Your proportional cases are actually higher than Italy currently.

Darren
4 months ago

Yeah but we’ve reduced our numbers dramatically since vaccination has started.

Chiarina
Chiarina
4 months ago
Reply to  Sot

Pesaro is a small city, they don’t have enough accomodation facilities to host.

Sot
Sot
4 months ago
Reply to  Chiarina

Actually that’s true

simply put, a duck
simply put, a duck
4 months ago

Am I the only one who craves for Milan?

Milan is modern, social and progressive; such a suitable city for Eurovision.
Rome has already hosted the contest and it is heavily touristed.
Turin on the other hand is gorgeous but I’d argue it’s the least social one out of them.

Nonetheless I’m happy that Italy will have the chance of hosting Eurovision, after so long, cause it’s a country full of history, culture, cuisine and natural beauty. Also it’s literally the contest is historically inspired from Sanremo.

Mark
Mark
4 months ago

Milan has the winter Olympics in 2026, I don’t think the others cities will be happy with Milan taking ESC too. Especially her rival city, Turin eheh

Maartijn
Maartijn
4 months ago

I respect you but Milan is overrated. I’ve been to many Italian cities and I was disappointed by only one of them, guess which one 😀 Rome should be the host, period.

Alex
Alex
4 months ago

Both Milan and Turin are not the prettiest cities Italy can offer. Florence, Genoa are beautiful and smaller.

So what if Rome hass hosted the contest? It was 30 years ago in a small studio. Kiev hosted Eurovision twice. Stockholm hosted Eurovision in a period of 16 years.

I am sure they will not give it to Rome though because it’s already a popular city.

I’d take Bologna over boring Turin anytime.

Aan Gomes Branco
Aan Gomes Branco
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

I’d also prefer it not to be a Northern city. They’re a bit cold in spirit and overpriced generally. I’d take Bologna any day but I’d prefer Rome, ofc. But even if Turin or Milan are the ones chosen, I’m still going and will still love it!

Gippa
Gippa
4 months ago

Thinking about it again, I don’t think Milan will offer to host, they had recently hosted the Universal Expo and they will host the Winter Olympics in 2026. I think it won’t be Rome as well.

I think in the end we are going to Turin, a nice elegant city and the first capital of Italy, not complaining. 🙂

Fun fact: Turin is considered the most esoteric city in Italy… boooooo 🙂

Chiarina
Chiarina
4 months ago
Reply to  Gippa

Milan will try for sure, the mayor Beppe Sala is all about hosting big events and relaunching the city after covid, also the local elections are held this fall and he wants to be re-elected so he needs to at least apply to make the citizens happy

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Gippa

What do you mean by “esoteric”?

Gippa
Gippa
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

I mean that’s considered magical, with a lot of symbolism and esotericists staying there like Nostradamus and such, with legends surrounding it about white magic and black magic, in Italy it’s called also “the magic city” in that sense. I’m not into that sort of things but it could be interesting for others. Don’t be scared though, they are only legends… Btw, Turin has also the biggest museum of Egyptian culture outside of Cairo, and it’s also the most ancient one. It is also the only museum that is respected by the Egyptian state and the only one they are… Read more »

Gippa
Gippa
4 months ago
Reply to  Gippa

Sorry for the long comment… 🙂

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Gippa

It was worth every word! I love long comments with lots of info and context, so thank you for sharing this! And no, I’m not scared 🙂

Gippa
Gippa
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Well, thank you, you’re nice. 🙂
Have a nice evening.

Eve
Eve
4 months ago
Reply to  Gippa

Thank you.It was intresting to read ))

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Gippa

Milan has already confirmed they will prepare a bid. Who won’t want to reset tourism and big events? Don’t be silly, Eurovision is a massive event.

Gippa
Gippa
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Yeah, you’re right but I don’t think Milan would be the final choice (for the same reasons I thought they won’t participate in the bidding). I think RAI (and Italy) would go with a lesser known italian city….
But I could be wrong.

JCR
JCR
4 months ago

Please any city except Milan (it’s awful)

sam
sam
4 months ago

rome has already hosted ESC twice. i’d like to see it go to turin

xelx
xelx
4 months ago
Reply to  sam

Rome has hosted once actually, in 1991, Naples hosted in 1965. But I have simpathy for less obvious choices.

sam
sam
4 months ago
Reply to  xelx

oh yea you are right. i dont know where i got that info from but regardless id still rather see it in a city who has never hosted before

Giolo
Giolo
4 months ago
Reply to  sam

I am biased, I want Rome because I live near there.

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  sam

So what? Kiev hosted twice. Stockholm too!

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Dublin like 6 times

Paschal
Paschal
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

And the one time we had it outside of Dublin, we had it in what some British broadcaster derisively referred to as a cattle shed! It was actually a sports venue in rural Cork.

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Paschal

Millstreet was all a bit mad lol we probably could have had it in Cork city that year considering venues in the 90s required a smaller capacity than now.
To be honest I think it was because the owner of the Green Glens Arena was a mate of the government at that time.

But hey, we still hold the record for hosting Eurovision in the smallest town.

Giolo
Giolo
4 months ago

Please, let it be Rome. The capital of Italy!

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

I am praying for ROME! A city we can explore, lots of things to do and see and of course we can travel to other cities from Rome (Naples, Florence etc).

If the contest takes place in Turin, it will be a mess travelling to the south.

Caterina
Caterina
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

From Turin on the fast trains you can be in Milano in 1 hour, Roma in 5 and Napoli in six hours. Its very comfortable and easy. There are also bus lines like flixbus that travel from central Turin down south, and many cheaper trains that cost much less but take longer.

Caterina
Caterina
4 months ago

It’s going to be Torino, mark my words. Ok, I’m biased, Torino is my home city, but it is perfect for Eurovision – it has all the amenities and none of the crowded messy drawbacks of the bigger Roma or Milano. Plus it is beautiful, elegant, the food is great (slow food capital of the world, the land of bicerin, barolo, the historical birthplace of aperitivo, apericena (and yes, cappucino only costs 1.50 euro max). Tourists can add on a quick trip to the alps less than an hour away or the cinque terre, another hour in another direction. Plus,… Read more »

Esc4555
Esc4555
4 months ago

When I see Italy, I just see yummmmmm. It would be good for eating and sightseeing too. Can’t wait

Teona
Teona
4 months ago

Yeeees baby! TURIN all the way!

Marcel
Marcel
4 months ago

Rome. Maneskin is from Rome!

Lorenzo Celli
Lorenzo Celli
4 months ago

It’s gonna be so cool to have Eurovision in my country!

raylee
raylee
4 months ago

I still can’t believe it is in Italy! Since 2019 we were used to hear ”Rotterdam” all the time but now it’s another country , and it is Italy! I would never think a rock song would win Eurovision , especially which is coming from Italy (you know juries never let them win before)

Jan
Jan
4 months ago

It is Torino or Bologna for me. Bologna has a bit bigger arena and I assume it has everything needed to host ESC as it hosts large Expos regularly… Torino has slightly smaller arena but int. airport nearby. I really can not say which city would be better. Both are great! Both, Rome and Milan do not need more attention and tourists, basically comparable to Amsterdam in this aspect.

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Jan

Bologna has an international airport too.

I don’t think they care about the size of the arena, Italy has decent-sized arenas in every major city.

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
4 months ago

I’ll say, Bolonga, Turin, Genoa, or Rome

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Genoa YES!

Chiarina
Chiarina
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Unfortunately the arena in Genoa is under reconstructions and it’s not sure if it will be ready for the next esc

Una
Una
4 months ago

As per the wikipedia page, 14 countries have confirmed their participation in 2022!!
Australia (artist in Feb 2022, song in Feb 2022)
Belgium
Croatia
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Israel
Italy
San Marino (artist in Nov 2021)
Sweden
Switzerland
The Netherlands

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

That was so quick. Wanna see countries returning now

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

Well, by the looks of things it’s Andorra but I don’t know. San Marino flopped big time and that participation seemed to be very expensive.

I don’t know remember what Andorra have in mind but I think they have a medium-term view and not immediate qualification.

sam
sam
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

senhit and her team financed the performance

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  sam

I’ve read about that – including a figure that was out of this world – but nevertheless the result was disappointing to say the least.

Nata
Nata
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

I wouldn’t say San Marino flopped. They made the final with both televote and jury support and got their second-best result ever. No, it’s not a top ten placement as the bookmakers predicted, but I personally couldn’t care less about bookmakers.

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Nata

I’ve been following San Marino since 2019. They flopped in 2021, I have no doubt about that. If you don’t believe me, just look at Senhit’s demeanour.

Saara
Saara
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

I highly doubt San Marino would decide to withdraw the same year Italy hosts the contest.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

Selecting the city is elementary, for sure, but how about the song that will represent Italy next year? Are they going to have enough resources for Sanremo AND Eurovision? I hope so.
I can’t wait for Italy’s entry and for next year’s theme! Roman mythology maybe? The Italian film industry could help too. And the fashion. Sweet Roman gods! Exquisite Italian fashion!

Okan idu?
Okan idu?
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Italy won’t cancel Sanremo because of Eurovision. There is no way.

hzalfa
hzalfa
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Sanremo is watched by so many people that it generates profit for RAI thanks to sponsorhips and advertisements, there’s no danger of it being cancelled.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  hzalfa

Great news!

Luc
Luc
4 months ago
Reply to  hzalfa

Indeed! It’s even seen by people out of Italy. I remember this friend whose granddad was italian and always found a way to watch San Remo every year no matter where he was.

Rob
Rob
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

No way will Sanremo skip a year, it is THE event of the year here. I can bet that many artists will want to compete at Sanremo next year because they’ll want to represent Italy as the host country’s act, I guess we can expect higher quality than usual.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Rob

It should be a fabulous edition! It’s already high quality!

sucof
sucof
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

I remind you that Rai is the second largest television public service in Europe. This year Rai (like every year), with the Sanremo festival, earned 38 million euros through advertising sponsors. The Sanremo festival cost around 16 million euros, earning us 22 million euros. Don’t worry 😉 Today the director of raiuno said that they are already at work for the next edition of Sanremo which will be majestic to ferry the public to a Eurovision with an Italian touch, the director has some ideas about it. The priority at the moment remains Sanremo to be planned in these weeks,… Read more »

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Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  sucof

I’m very happy to hear that!
It could become an adrenaline galore situation, Sanremo and ESC. If I’m not mistaken, Sanremo is usually held in March. ESC is held in May. There isn’t *that* much time between the shows, and preparations for both events could run simultaneously.
There will be so much attention on Sanremo next year. Wowza.

xelx
xelx
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Sanremo is usually held in February, it was held later than usual this year because of the pandemic. I think it’s probable Rai will put different teams of people in charge of Sanremo and ESC respectively.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  xelx

Thanks for the clarification!

Rob
Rob
4 months ago

It’s Turin for me. Rome has A LOT of cons, and Milan would be seen as a controversially obvious choice. Turin has it all: a large arena, an international airport, the subway and a lot of accomodation facilities. Bologna is a good alternative option, it has the largest arena in Italy but they also have a very important basketball team, it might not work overall.

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EmperorOfPau
EmperorOfPau
4 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Virtus Bologna hasn’t been playing in Unipol Arena for years now

Chiarina
Chiarina
4 months ago

I’d love for Milan to host because it’s Italy’s most international city and becuase I live there so I wouldn’t have to travel (lol) but I don’t think that the Armani basketball team would accept to give up their arena for two months.
Turin is probably the best bet, it has the second biggest arena in the country and more hotels than Bologna.

Jo.
Jo.
4 months ago

Torino, baby. Make it happen!

Steven122
Steven122
4 months ago

San Remo will be a good choice

Hugin
Hugin
4 months ago

It will be either Pala Alpitour arena in Turin with a 16.600 seat capacity. Or Unipol Arena in Bologna with a 20.000 seat capacity. Both cities have stated that they intend to make a bid on hosting ESC 2022.

Melania
Melania
4 months ago

Trains are so cheap in Italy so you could stay in a number of cities

Dolly
Dolly
4 months ago
Reply to  Melania

What about the price of everything else

Rob
Rob
4 months ago
Reply to  Dolly

Not higher than in Paris or London, to be fair.

Maartijn
Maartijn
4 months ago
Reply to  Dolly

Cheaper than France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium…

Chiarina
Chiarina
4 months ago
Reply to  Dolly

Unless they host it in Milan, the rest of Italy is not that expensive

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Melania

I had a nightmare travelling by train as they regularly do strikes..

sucof
sucof
4 months ago

I want to remind you that in Italy the major cities are served by high-speed trains, one of the best services in the world.
you can stay in milan and work in turin or vice versa in an hour’s time.

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Okan idu?
Okan idu?
4 months ago
Reply to  sucof

They are fast but cleanliness is the problem tho I wouldn’t want that during the covid era even if the situation will be much better by then hopefully

Maartijn
Maartijn
4 months ago
Reply to  sucof

Only if the trains depart on time which never happens lol I love Italy but let’s keep it real honey

Ammm
Ammm
4 months ago
Reply to  Maartijn

You’re right, but not on high-speed trains, they are almost always on time. ;-P

Melania
Melania
4 months ago

I’m really hoping for Milan!

nycforever
nycforever
4 months ago

The most possible and probably most suitable host is Milan. But I’d like to see it in Rome. It’s cultural importance plays a role + this is måneskin’s home town and they started their journey from the streets of Rome to Rotterdam Ahoy Arena. Very symbolic.

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  nycforever

Yes, Rome plays a major role for Maneskin!

Gippa
Gippa
4 months ago

Hope Bologna will enter the bid too, Turin may have a bigger arena, but Bologna is a good option, with quick connections to Milan, Venice, Florence, and Rome (so if fans want to travel during the day in Italy, in a couple of hours they could be in all those cities) or Rimini, if they want to go to the beach. Turin is very nice, it’s an elegant city (we say in Italy that it’s sort of aristocratic), Milan has very international vibes and probably is the most organized one, and Rome is Rome. But since I live in Rome… Read more »

Darren
4 months ago

Because they haven’t won since 1990, and it could be a long time before they win again (though if they keep up the momentum of the last ten years, it may not be) AND we haven’t had a capital city host since Lisbon in 2018, my first choice will be Rome.

Milan is also a great city, the Eurofans will love it, so if they bring Eurovision to Milan I won’t mind either.
But for me, it’s ROME 2022
Also: Get Alessandro Borghi to host 😉 thanks

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Giolo
Giolo
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Thank you Darren. I genuinely think Milan shohld be the best choice, but I really hope it will be Rome, because it’s near to where I live

Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

I hope so too. I’ve been to both cities and loved them A LOT!
It’s probably cliche, but Italy is a beautiful country I think we are guaranteed a great week regardless of the host city!
The Lazio region is so nice! Loved Sora, Terracina, Liri and Frosinone, as well as Roma of course.
Italy is one of my favorites anyway. Need to get back soon.

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Italy will definitely win again, they almost won in 2015….

kiraki
kiraki
4 months ago

How easy is it to find accomodation (I mean, number of rooms etc) in Turin? Because when it comes to Rome or Milan, clearly they’re bigger in size and there is much more accomodation available. And one more thing is the connectivity… I don’t know whether Turin’s public transport is capable for accomodating such surge of tourist. Even those with more grandiose infrastructure (from my experience, being in Saint Petersburg for World Cup back in 2018) is kind of overwhelmed when there is this big movement from all over the city to just one site (back then in World Cup… Read more »

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Mameuh
Mameuh
4 months ago
Reply to  kiraki

You forget Torino hosted the games, it’s really made for Eurovision. 🙂

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
4 months ago
Reply to  kiraki

I think every large Italian city has experience with housevesting large amount of tourists. They’ve hosted the winter olympics so a few thousand people per show will be easy as beans. I wouldn’t even worry about hotel capacity in turin because Italy’s economy relies a lot on tourism so there are vast amounts of b&b’s in the beautiful country side next to turin + the towns next door.

sucof
sucof
4 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

to tell the truth, tourism accounts for 14% of the national economy, Italy is the second largest industrial power in Europe after Germany 🙂
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Italy

Ammm
Ammm
4 months ago
Reply to  kiraki

I’m from Turin, so I absolutely cheer for it 😉
Apart from that, Turin is not so small and I guess it can handle such an event, given that next fall the mayor will change and there will be a settling time to be taken into account.
PalaAlpitour is just in the city centre, quite easy to reach both by PT and on foot.
We look forward to host ESC2022!
(Actually, my only concern is on the presenter(s), we have many people speaking a perfect English, but AFAIK none of them works for RAI).

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Azaad
Azaad
4 months ago
Reply to  kiraki

Covid won’t be as big of a problem in 2022, but it may have a minor impact in that the audience will probably be smaller than in 2019.

Laura
Laura
4 months ago
Reply to  kiraki

Turin has better public transport than Rome (tbh, most cities in Italy have better public transport than Rome), and there is enough hotel capacity, they host a lot of fairs

Transalpina
Transalpina
4 months ago

Y’all forgot Bologna ! great option (think not gonna happen) would be Arena di Verona, but they would have to cover it since it has no roof what is basically in a plan for years now to make a roof which opens. This could be great motivation and it would be EPIC, to have Eurovision in arena di Verona.

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Mameuh
Mameuh
4 months ago

Torino is ideal!

Hello hi
Hello hi
4 months ago

The arena in Turin is the most ideal or Milan with excellent connections to all of Europe by air and rail . It will be one of these two .
I would love to see someone like Maria de Filippi host . I think we will end up with 3 hosts . Amadeaus, a younger woman and a senior female presenter.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Hello hi

Edsilia lit up that arena all by herself! And all four of them this year were exquisite professionals. They had perfect English. There was no akward dialogue, no funny faces, no bad jokes, no moving the hands like crazy. They exuded professionalism. Future hosts should take note of that too. ESC is not Sanremo. They have Sanremo every year, now they won after 32 years.

hzalfa
hzalfa
4 months ago
Reply to  Hello hi

I can’t imagine a Eurovision in Italy without Alessandro Cattelan as a host, he’s one of the best English speakers in Italian tv and the one with the most international style of hosting. And starting from Spetember he will work for RAI, so I consider his presence at ESC a given. I also hope Victoria Cabello will be there since she had to stop working for 3 years due to disease and doesn’t get to host big shows anymore. She is half English so language wouldn’t be a problem Amadeus’ English is not good enough to host Eurovision, I can’t… Read more »

Gippa
Gippa
4 months ago
Reply to  hzalfa

Yeah, Italian here, I really think that Alessandro Cattelan would be a good choice, and Victoria too (if she’s fit for it), she’s energetic and has perfect English, hope they won’t choose Camila Raznovich because she’s a bit boring (sorry Camila). Another good choice could be Giorgia Surina, but I prefer Victoria, she’s perfect for Eurovision. For the french part, they could opt for Ema Stokholma that is French, but I don’t think she can really ost such a big event and I think her English is not very good. To be honest, Alessandro and Victoria are perfect, can’t think… Read more »

Chiarina
Chiarina
4 months ago
Reply to  hzalfa

Cattelan could be a great host. I think Matilda De Angelis could be a good female host as well, she worked in the US so she can speak English and she did pretty good this year in Sanremo

Gippa
Gippa
4 months ago
Reply to  Chiarina

Yeah, haven’t thought about Matilda, she could be great too.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
4 months ago
Reply to  Hello hi

we need someone who can speak english fluently, which alas is a rarity among our rai hosts. camila raznovich is the best one i can think of, also she’s super charismatic

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Hello hi

Amadeus is annoying and too Italian for the foreign audience.. he is better with San Remo.

I think Rossi could be a great host.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
4 months ago

Excited to see the bidding race for italy 2022 begin! Enough beautiful cities and places and i’m certain every town wants to grab this chance to put their region on the map again after covid destroyed the tourism sector.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
4 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

By the way what does ‘pala’ mean? Every Italian arena has that in the name but when you google it it randomly means shovel xD

Ammm
Ammm
4 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

It’s just an abbreviation for “palace” 😉

Ironlady95
Ironlady95
4 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Pala is an abbreviation of the Italian word “palazzetto”, which actually has the same meaning of Arena 🙂
But it means also shovel ahah

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Frisian esc
Frisian esc
4 months ago
Reply to  Ironlady95

Aah thanks!

Stefano
Stefano
4 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

It’s the short for “palazzo”, which literally means “palace”. In this context it stands for “arena”.

Last edited 4 months ago by Stefano