But let’s start from the pop, rock and punk stars, the international icons.
Madonna will be in Rome on June 12in the Olympic stadium, Rome’s biggest arena, usually used as the football court of Rome’s top teams: Roma and Lazio.
Radiohead will play at the horse-race track of Capannelle on June 30 for the Rock in Roma Festival.
The same Festival will also feature the Cure on July 9.
And after this stunning trio, let’s see who else will please the crowds during the 2012 open-air concert season.
Meet In Town, the New Sound Festival with young and emerging talents, will unfold on June 8 & 9 in the Auditorium halls.
The Cranberries were supposed to be on stage on July 2 at the Auditorium but have postponed their performance to October 31.
The day after Patti Smith it will be Alanis Morissette’s turn at Rome’s Auditorium.
The revival section will start on on July 18 with Duran Duran, who will also sing for the Olympic games opening ceremony, at Rome’s biggest tennis court for the Centrale Live Festival.
The Beach Boys band will follow on July 26 at Capannelle.
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club on July 31 will be the last of the old glories concerts. Auditorium.
Going back to younger artists. The Italo-Scottish Paolo Nutini will be in Rome on July 16. Auditorium again.
The following day will see the talent of Lenny Kravitz at Capannelle.
James Morrison is announced for July 24 at Auditorium.
Another young talent, Damien Rice, will perform at Auditorium on July 30.
Two world jazz stars will also visit the Eternal City this summer: Pat Metheny and his guitar on July 14;
Keith Jarrett with the piano on the 29th. Both at Auditorium.
Classical music will see one of the top Italian piano talents, Giovanni Allevi on July 12 for Centrale Live.
Last but not least, opera. The Caracalla Festival, in the ancient Roman baths, begins on June 30. The key appointments are Aleksandr Nevskj on July 7, Bellini’s Norma from July 21 to August 7 and Verdi’s Attila from July 31 to August 7.