Eurovision 2022: Pesaro officially joins the bidding race for hosting the next contest

Eurovision 2022: Pesaro officially joins the bidding race for hosting the next contest
Friday, 09 July 2021

  • After Turin, Pesaro becomes the second city to join the bidding race for hosting the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest next year in Italy. 

    While Turin was the first city to submit officially the first application aiming to host the next Eurovision Song Contest, Pesaro is now the second city to join the race. 

    The Mayor of Pesaro, Mr. Matteo Ricci, confimred publicly today that Pesaro has officially applied to host Eurovision 2022 next year: 

    "This morning, together with the councilor of beauty Daniele Vimini, we sent the official expression of interest to Rai: we meet all the parameters required for participation: the presence of an international airport that is no more than an hour and thirty minutes away, a hotel offer of over 2000 rooms in areas adjacent to the event and an infrastructure, the Vitrifrigo Arena, which meets the necessary criteria.
    The palas is one of the largest in Italy, among the most beautiful and evocative settings for hosting concerts and shows. Pesaro is a UNESCO City of Music, boasts an important musical tradition in continuous evolution and a dynamic cultural life that has constantly fostered a climate of experimentation and dialogue between all the arts."



    Pesaro's proposal for Eurovision 2022

    Pesaro has joined the bidding race to host the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest and amibitions to host the competition at the the Vitrifrigo Arena, which is the third-largest indoor arena in Italy. The venue can welcome between 10, 000- 13,000 spectators.  

    Rimini Airport is the closest one only 30 minutes away from Pesaro and is along with Ancona Airport which also 45 minutes close, the two main airports that can serve the citiy's needs. In addtion Bologna’s International Airport is a little bit further away, 90 mins precisely, but still in accordance with the distance limits set by EBU. 

    The city has approximately 5,689 beds and only 2,642 rooms available, in order to accomodate journalists and delegations and fans from the competing countries. 


    The Eurovision 2022 host city bidding race

    The Italian broadcaster, RAI, kicked off on July 7, 2021 the bidding process in seek of the next Eurovision host city. 

    The Italian broadcaster has released the tender for the Eurovision 2022 host city bidding process, inviting the cities that ambition to host the next contest to send in their applications from July 7, 2021 until July 12, 11:59 pm. All applications should be sent to RAI via email at the following address:

    The cities that want to host the competition should meet EBU's requirements and rules and contribute financially to the event's  organization. A total of 12 Italian cities declared their desire to host the next competiton, as soon as Maneskin were crowned winners in Rotterdam. These are: 

    • Rome
    • Turin
    • Milan
    • Bologna
    • Pesaro
    • Florence
    • Rimini
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Verona
    • San Remo
    • Naples
    • Bari

    However, not all fo them seem to fulfill the conditions set by EBU in order to be a sufficient host city for Eurovision 2022. Namely, four cities only seem to meet EBU's requirements: 

    • Rome
    • Milan
    • Bologna
    • Turin

    In the past years when the contest was a hosted in Italy, it took place in Naples, in 1965, after the victory of Gigliola Cinquetti and in Rome in 1991, after the victory of Toto Cutugno.

    RAI and EBU are expected to reach to a final decision by the end of summer if we take into account the host city process for the previous contest but an earlier date cannot be excluded. The date in which the next contest will take place remain unknown with the respective announcement expected the following weeks. 


    News Source: Matteo Ricci FB/Esctoday/Eurovoix