A total of 17 cities have entered the bidding process to become the host city of Eurovision 2022. Over the next month, Italian broadcaster RAI will receive more details from each candidate before making a final decision.

In the meantime, we want to hear from you. Which city do you want to be named as the host for next year’s contest in Italy?

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The full list of cities that have expressed an interest in hosting Eurovision 2022 is as follows:

Acireale (Catania), Alessandria, Bertinoro di Romagna (Forlì – Cesena), Bologna, Genoa, Florence, Jesolo (Venice), Matera, Milan, Palazzolo Acreide (Syracuse), Pesaro, Rimini, Rome, Sanremo (Imperia), Turin, Trieste and Viterbo.

This naturally includes Italy’s major cities such as Rome, Milan and Turin. And then there’s Sanremo, the host of the prestigious Festival di Sanremo that was the initial inspiration for Eurovision.

Other smaller towns haven’t been put off from throwing their names into the ring either despite the hosting requirements, which includes the need to have a venue that can accommodate at least 8,000 – 10,000 people. In fact, Bertinoro itself only has a population of 10,000 people.

The next stage of the bidding process will see all the candidates receive a more detailed document with the necessary requirements for hosting Eurovision. Each city must then submit a bid book outlining their proposal to RAI by Wednesday 4 August. The final decision on which city will host Eurovision 2022 will be made by RAI in conjunction with the EBU by the end of August.

Poll: Which city should host Eurovision 2022 in Italy?

You can vote for as many cities as you would like, but you can only vote once.

Eurovision 2022 host city bidding process

Italian broadcaster RAI has issued some very important parameters for the candidate cities. In order to host Eurovision 2022, a city must have an international airport no more than 90 minutes from the city. It should also have over 2,000 hotel rooms in the area close to the event and an infrastructure capable of hosting a large-scale live broadcast.

The venue must fulfil several requirements as well, such as being indoors and having air-conditioning and a well-defined perimeter. The arena should have an audience capacity in the main hall of at least 8,000 – 10,000 during the event and a main hall that can house the set and all other requirements needed to produce a high-level broadcast production.

It’s also worth mentioning that those 8,000 – 10,000 people should correspond to 70% of the maximum capacity of that venue for regular concerts, as the specific stage and production needs of Eurovision should be taken into consideration. The venue should also have ample space within easy access of the main hall to support additional production needs, such as: a press centre capable of hosting over 1,000 journalists; delegation spaces, dressing rooms, artist facilities, staff facilities, hospitality, audience facilities.

Most importantly, the infrastructure must be available exclusively for six weeks before the event, two weeks during the show in May and a week after the end of the event for dismantling. That’s nine weeks in total.

Which city did you vote for in the poll? Where do you think Eurovision 2022 is most likely to be hosted? Let us know in the comments below!

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Miamtec
Miamtec
3 months ago

Turin, thank you very much.

Apollo
Apollo
3 months ago

Clearly, Turin is the best option, but I think we’re overlooking the biggest city on the Italian Riveria – Genoa.

Genoa has a 10,000 capacity indoor arena (Palasport di Genova). It hosts Italy’s busiest port, has major rail links to France and Northern Italy, and most importantly an international airport. Not to mention it’s one of the most beautiful coastal cities in Europe.

Jose
Jose
3 months ago
Reply to  Apollo

The Palasport is under reformation now. It seems that in april the works will finish. But you never know

pammy
pammy
3 months ago

Naples was criticizeted because dont have the request and this is the three most populated italian city.

Apollo
Apollo
3 months ago
Reply to  pammy

Frankly, I don’t think RAI want to host Eurovision in the South of Italy. Anything below Rome is out of the question, unfortunately.

cristina shipton
3 months ago
Reply to  Apollo

As an Italian I agree with you

vetrina
vetrina
3 months ago

Turin’s venue is one of the best in Europe. Also, the city is so beautiful and has hosted a huge event like the Winter Olympics of 2006. I’m definitely rooting for Torino 2022 coz there’s also a strong chance of me visiting the city by train from Paris where I live!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 months ago

Turin/Torino obviously stands out. Rome had it last time, so I don’t think it’ll go there again. I’m surprised there are not more votes for Sanremo or Pesaro, given their connections to music festivals.

I personally love Bologna and Genova – two great places. 🙂
I too love Trieste, although it’s not very Italian because it has old Austro-Hungarian architecture as I recall. But it’s the closest to Colin, of course. 🙂

Hang on – Verona is not on the list? Probably an indoor stadium capacity issue, but still, it’s surprising. Poor Polegend.

Last edited 3 months ago by Purple Mask
Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
3 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

No Verona—everyone would get lost there…

ItaloV
ItaloV
3 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

the city doesn’t have the budget to put the signs in Estonian, and the city cannot afford to have Estonians lost around the city lol

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
3 months ago
Reply to  ItaloV

Lol It would be mayhem!

Azaad
Azaad
3 months ago

I voted for Florence because it’s such a beautiful place and filled with history, but also has zero chance of hosting.

Also Jesolo is totally the Eilat of the bidding process.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
3 months ago

In the end I picked Turin, Milan, and Sanremo (I know Sanremo is not as likely but if they could somehow figure out a way to pull it off it would be cool)

I know Rome is a popular choice but….capitals cities get to do and have literally everything most of the time. I think another city should have a chance instead

Azuro
Azuro
3 months ago

Interesting we even get to experience “fab flops” in the bidding stage now too. Adios torino

pammy
pammy
3 months ago

Torino the only serious proposal

Jenny
Jenny
3 months ago

I voted for Turin because I think it would be the best option and for Milan because I live in Milan and I could attend some of the events around the contest and enjoy the atmosphere

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago

Are all of these actually cities, or are some of them just towns? I would like another Millstreet someday.

Mark
Mark
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

These are towns:
Acireale (Catania), Bertinoro di Romagna (Forlì – Cesena), Jesolo (Venice), PalazzoloAcreide (Syracuse)

pammy
pammy
3 months ago
Reply to  Mark

never heard a city called PalazzoloAcreide

Crystal
3 months ago
Reply to  pammy

It’s a town located near Syracuse in southeastern Sicily. You can read more about it here.

pammy
pammy
3 months ago
Reply to  Crystal

ah ok

Kirby
Kirby
3 months ago
Reply to  Crystal

How did you create the hyperlink to the information?

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  Mark

Thank you.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
3 months ago

I cast three votes:

Turin – it’s a fantastic, underrated city, and Eurovision is a great chance to highlight that in a way that Rome and Milan simply don’t need.

Acireale – does everything have to be in the north of Italy? Acireale looks like a strong contender for the South.

Trieste – it will be an easy two-hour drive in Colin’s car.

Colin
Colin
3 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

It will be an epic journey, Jimmy. 🙂

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Sounds good! We can use our Maps to make sure we don’t end up in The Wrong Place 🙂

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
3 months ago

Turin, please!

Colin
Colin
3 months ago

Realistically, it’s between Rome, Milan, Naples, and Turin.

Selfishly, I voted for Trieste, because it’s less than two hours drive from my home, and it’s the only city I could afford to visit ESC from without booking a hotel.

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Fair enough, I would vote for Trieste too if I was in your place! What about Bologna, how long it would take for you to get there? I guess it’s the closest city from you between those I believe have a real shot of getting to host.

Colin
Colin
3 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

A trip to Venice takes about 5-6 hours, so I’m guessing it would take 10-12 hours to Bologna. In any case, I am seriously thinking about attending at least one semi live this time. 🙂

Last edited 3 months ago by Colin
Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin

That would be great. 🙂 In that case, Pesaro or Rimini would be good for you too, but I guess they don’t have much chance and threw their hat just for promotion. And I can’t blame them, it has been tough for touristic regions.

Riccardo Bonavita
Riccardo Bonavita
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Venice to Bologna is like 1h15minutes lol not 5/6 hours ahaha

Colin
Colin
3 months ago

That’s good to know. Roads must be faster than those connecting Venice and Trieste.

cristina shipton
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Me too, but I think Turin will probably be chosen.

Ironlady95
Ironlady95
3 months ago

I would love to have it in Florence (my city)… but I think Turin or Milan are better choices.

Alex
Alex
3 months ago

Wow were there ever that many cities interested in hosting a contest before?

ROXELANA
ROXELANA
3 months ago
Reply to  Alex

As far as I know, no, but looking at the proposed venues of most of the cities, I wonder if they actually have any idea on what they are applying for.

Last edited 3 months ago by ROXELANA
pammy
pammy
3 months ago
Reply to  ROXELANA
there is to appreciate the courage of their mayors, and then the important thing is to have an adequate and large Arena, if paradoxically one of these small municipalities had it could really aspire to host the Eurovision
Jenny
Jenny
3 months ago
Reply to  Alex

I think Germany in 2011 had 21 candidates, but it’s definitely been a while

Azaad
Azaad
3 months ago
Reply to  Jenny

It’s worth remembering that the big 5 are actually quite big countries when it comes to population, which means they’ll have more cities and thus more candidates.

Branko86
Branko86
3 months ago
Reply to  Jenny

23 (not 21!) submit official bids to the German broadcaster. But in the end the number decreased.

Jenny
Jenny
3 months ago
Reply to  Branko86

Thank you! The deadline to present the actual bid book is 4th August, I guess by that date we will be down to 10 or less candidates

sam
sam
3 months ago

i voted for all of the non-competitors just so they have at least 1 vote to look forward to!

Jo.
Jo.
3 months ago

turin, of course

Lorenzo Celli
Lorenzo Celli
3 months ago

Milan, Turin, Rome, Bologna and Florence are the ones which seem the most likely to make it to the final stages and contend the host title for me (also I’m kinda hoping for Florence since it’s in the region I live and it’s the closest one to where I live but hey, every one of these cities is fantastic)

Richard
Richard
3 months ago

Yay, I’m the first to vote for Pesaro.

mark dowd
mark dowd
3 months ago
Reply to  Richard

I’m second. If they can stage the Rossini festival, they can do anything.