The Paganiniano of Carro Festival came to life in 2001 with the aim of creating a quality musical review dedicated to the figure of the great violinist Niccolò Paganini and to musical virtuosity. The Festival takes place between July and August and sees young talents and great artists of national and international fame come to Val di Vara every year. Conceived as a musical and cultural itinerary through the territory of the Valley, the review begins and ends in the charming village of Carro, the place of origin of the great violinist’s ancestors, also carrying out an activity to promote the territory.
The Paganini Music Festival of Carro is organized by the Società dei Concerti. It has been awarded the prestigious EFFE Label 2015-2016, as one of Europe’s finest festivals.
Previously active from 1919 to the war years, the Società dei Concerti was re-formed in 1969 by a group of music lovers from La Spezia with the aim of spreading awareness of the musical culture of the province of La Spezia.
The Festival has been recognized by the media as one of the most interesting events of the summer season and is Followed and appreciated by the local and national press.
The Association ‘Friends of the Paganini Festival of Carro was founded in 2007 in order to promote the Festival and increase awareness of the territory of the Val di Vara. The association collaborates with the Pro Loco “Niccolò Paganini” of Carro to welcome tourists in the occasion of the concert season.
The Festival is also a cultural tourist route that unveil, through the concerts that take place in Carro and in other towns of the valley , some of the most beautiful and least known villages in La Spezia area.
The Vara Valley, also known as the biological valley, is an area with a dynamic and well-established musical tradition. In addition to the Festival, it hosts various musical events throughout the summer.