When we think of Sanremo, we think of flowers, of the region of Liguria, recently featured in the Pixar animation film Luca, with its homage to Italy and the Cinque Terre. But more than anything else, Sanremo means music!
The 72nd edition of the Sanremo Festival, the country’s biggest musical event, is about to start: it will be live on Rai1 (1-5 February) from the historic Teatro Ariston!
The goal? Every artist wants to win and to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest, this year in Turin after the 2021 edition won by Måneskin, who quickly climbed all global music charts with their single Zitti e Buoni.
Italian music conquers millions of fans around the world every year, and Carrani Tours has come up with the best songs for an unforgettable journey that, as Raffaella Carrà would say, goes “from Trieste down”, with the 15 ideal songs for an on-the-road itinerary. Our playlist, Italian Soundtrack, is already available on Spotify!
Listen to it or share it with your travelling companions and tell us in the comments the songs that always keep you company in your travels!
On the Road
1. NEL BLU DIPINTO DI BLU (VOLARE) – DOMENICO MODUGNO
A song from 1958, written by Franco Migliacci and Domenico Modugno, who performed it with Nilla Pizzi and won the Sanremo Festival of the same year. It was a worldwide success and is still one of the best-known Italian songs of all time.
Penso che un sogno così non ritorni mai più
Mi dipingevo le mani e la faccia di blu
Blue like the sea that surrounds Sorrento, an enchanting town in the romantic Costiera! Have you ever been there?
2. Sì, VIAGGIARE – LUCIO BATTISTI
Released in 1977 as part of the album Io Tu Noi Tutti, the song was composed in music by Lucio Battisti and in words by Mogol, one of the greatest Italian songwriters.
What could be better than a road trip to discover our fabulous cities of art and varied landscapes, admired from the luxury car you will be driving?
3. DESTINAZIONE PARADISO – GIANLUCA GRIGNANI
A very young Grignani presented this song, taken from the album of the same name, at the 1995 Sanremo Festival, winning over the Italian and Latin American public.
The Italian Paradiso is waiting for you: our high-speed train travel package will let you travel through its most beautiful destinations!
4. IL CIELO IN UNA STANZA – GINO PAOLI
Literally meaning Sky in a Room, this is a song composed by a very young Gino Paoli, later proposed by Mogol to Mina who reached 2 million copies, making it the best-selling 45 rpm record of 1960.
Considered one of the best examples of national songwriting, it evokes the marvellous frescoes of Raphael’s Rooms, or the Sistine Chapel, inside the Vatican Museums.
5. CON TE PARTIRÒ – ANDREA BOCELLI
Deliberately conceived as a musical portrait of the concept of travel, this song, performed by the famous Tuscan tenor, is halfway between opera and pop music and still is one of the greatest successes of Italian music worldwide.
Would you want your ticket for the exclusive Andrea Bocelli concert at the Teatro del Silenzio in Lajatico?
6. ROTOLANDO VERSO SUD – NEGRITA
The refrain of this famous 2005 hit, whose title literally means Rolling Southward, makes us want to dance barefoot on one of the beautiful beaches of Salento, admiring the magic of the sunset over the Apulian sea.
Ready to leave with us?
7. SALIRÒ – DANIELE SILVESTRI
First performed at 2002’s Festival di Sanremo, this song has been sung and performed by many artists over the years who have appreciated its irony and light-heartedness (the artist imagines himself as something very light, ready to fly up in the sky), two elements that make it perfect to accompany you on your discovery of Italy!
And speaking of being up (or down), how could you miss the capital’s pinkest bus, showing you the sights and attractions of the city centre from the top of a panoramic deck?
8. 50 SPECIAL – LÙNAPOP
Cesare Cremonini praised his beloved Bolognese hills, but why not think of a Vespa tour of Rome for example, in full Roman Holiday style!
9. PRIMA DI ANDARE VIA – NEFFA
The king of funk, Neffa, talks about a woman here, but we immediately thought of the timeless beauty of the Colosseum, with the stories and legends enclosed and guarded for centuries.
Would you like to spend a moment with us and discover the secrets of this eternal symbol of Romanity, Before Leaving (literal translation of the title)?
10. BUON VIAGGIO (SHARE THE LOVE) – CESARE CREMONINI
This is a song that perfectly captures the meaning of the journey, not as a proposal, but an imperative to let go, finding the courage to take the road that leads us furthest with positivity and lightness, but also awareness.
Our wish is that you will soon be able to visit the country enjoying the road, perhaps with a private driver, ready to take you wherever you wish and Share the Love!
11. ESTATE – NEGRAMARO
In the video clip of this 2005 track, the Apulian band performs on the beach in Porto Cesareo, in the province of Lecce, singing about their desire for the summer to never end.
Good news! Italy is an incredible country, which you can visit in any season of the year also because Carrani has already thought of what you love most. From the sea to the mountains, from the countryside to the city, from the hipster and trendy hostels to the luxury hotels, all you have to do is name it and we will take you there.
12. SAPORE DI SALE – GINO PAOLI
Gino Paoli’s best-known and loved song, this is a classic of Italian music, with all the arrangements made by world-renowned composer Ennio Morricone.
In Sapore di Sale (literally, A Taste of Salt, referred to the salty sea) we live a typical summer day, on the beach, in the most romantic and enjoyable season of the year.
13. O’ SOLE MIO – ENRICO CARUSO
This song, probably the greatest example of Neapolitan song, was published in 1898 and still is one of the best known and sung hymns to our beautiful country!
Reinterpreted by various artists and translated into many languages, it remains in history thanks to Enrico Caruso who, with the typical positivity of the Neapolitan people, sings of the beauty of the sun after a bad storm.
Our personal tribute to this timeless classic is a 3-day itinerary to discover Naples and the legendary Vesuvius.
14. A FAR L’AMORE COMINCIA TU – RAFFAELLA CARRÀ
Released in 1975, this is without any doubt the most popular 45 rpm record of the beautiful soubrette with the blonde bob haircut, with over 20 million copies sold worldwide!
Bob Sinclair’s 2011 remix makes us dance in the opening scenes of Paolo Sorrentino’s Golden Globe and Oscar-winning film, La Grande Bellezza.
15. UN’ESTATE ITALIANA – E. BENNATO & G. NANNINI
Although it was created for the World Cup Italia ’90, this song has made history because it is back in vogue after 31 years! Sung at the end of every match by the same national team, this song has become, in the collective imagination, the official anthem of the European Football Championship 2020, won by our Azzurri!
Are you passionate about sport and would like to organise a themed trip?
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