It hosts five never-ending galas every year, filled with glamour, eleganza and extravaganza. And now, the city of Sanremo, home of the Music Festival which inspired Eurovision, has expressed its desire to apply to be host city of Eurovision 2022.
Located in the northern region of Liguria, Sanremo hosts the iconic Italian music festival that bears its name, and which gathers some of the country’s top artists. It has a population of 55,000, which would make it the least populated city to host Eurovision since Millstreet in 1993.
Teatro Ariston, which you’ll instantly recognise from the Sanremo festival, has been tipped as the city’s preferred venue. Despite the historical appeal of the proposal, it would be a quite a disruptive choice, as it can only accommodate 2,000 people.
The proposal came from the regional president of Liguria, Giovanni Toti, who said: “We are already thinking about next year and we have the goal of hosting Eurovision 2022 in Sanremo. It’s in the City of Flowers where it all began, and it is the house of Italian music. We must not forget that the Festival’s winner will also represent our country.”
Milan, Naples and Florence will also apply to be Eurovision 2022 host city
Sanremo is not the only city in Italy that says it will apply to host. As early as Sunday, Rome, Turin and Pesaro had already announced their forthcoming bids, and the list is growing by the day.
Milan, Italy’s second biggest city, is also considering applying. The city’s councillor of Culture, Filippo del Corno, said the city “is the capital of the Italian discographic industry,” which makes it an obvious choice. According to Corriere della Sera, the city ticks all the boxes to host.
The host city of Eurovision 1965, Naples, is also joining the race. Councillor of Heritage and candidate for Mayor Alessandra Clemente promised to work for it on social media.
— Alessandra Clemente (@ale_clem) May 23, 2021
Florence is also interested in hosting. Mayor Dario Nardella shared his wish on Facebook, where he wrote: “Italian cities have already started offering themselves to host Eurovision 2022. It’s clear that the most beautiful, functional and artistic one to host such an event is Florence. Quiet and well mannered (in a reference to Måneskin’s entry “Zitti e buoni”) we’ll prove this right.
Bologna is keen. Councillor of Culture Matteo Lepore announced on Twitter that he’ll be writing to Rai, to president of the Republic Sergio Mattarella and to Måneskin about hosting the contest there. Maybe they should also hit up Senhit for some tips about how to sell the city — it’s where she grew up and still lives today.
— Matteo Lepore (@matteolepore) May 23, 2021
Reggio Emilia has also expressed their interest in hosting. Mayor Luca Vecchi wrote on Facebook: “What if we held the contest at RCF Arena? We are ready”. It is worth noting that this is an open-air venue, which may not be suitable for Eurovision.
Rimini has offered its Fiera to host the contest, which can accommodate up to 10,000 people. The city is close to San Marino and has over 151,000 inhabitants.
Arena di Verona, a “difficult choice”
Another city that has been tipped as a possible host is Verona. However, Koit Toome and Laura might be shocked to hear that it won’t be easy for the city to get the honour.
Eurofestivalnews.com reports that artistic director Gianmarco Mazzi considered it “difficult” for the venue to host, as it doesn’t have a roof.
And yes, if you were wondering, Arena di Verona was the set of Diodato’s live performance of “Fai Rumore” during last year’s Europe Shine a Light.
As you may recall, these are not the only cities who have expressed an interest in hosting. Rome, Turin and Pesaro were the first to do so on Sunday. You can read more here:
What do you think about Eurovision potentially going back to Sanremo? Is it a real possibility? Are there any other cities you’d prefer? Let us know in the comment section below!