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A Nation Sings: Sanremo Music Festival

It’s not just a song contest, it's a cultural extravaganza

Sanremo in early 1950's. Annual song contest
Sanremo Casino. Italy 1955

Discover the best of Italian music with this playlist of the biggest Sanremo hits! From timeless ballads to energetic dance songs, immerse yourself in these iconic melodies that span across generations.

Mina, Sanremo Festival 1961
Mina Anna Maria Mazzini
Marcel Bezençon. Marcel Bezençon, the international event’s founder, observed Sanremo’s popularity and broadcasting success, and decided to create a version of the contest on an international scale.
Neri Per Caso, Sanremo 1995
Neri per Caso, Sanremo 19955
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