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Sonisphere Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Festival 2011 in Italy – Tips to Attend the Event

Sonisphere Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Festival 2011 in Italy – Tips to Attend the Event

Sonisphere is a festival oriented toward hard rock and heavy metal that started touring Europe in 2009. This year edition plans for the first time an event in Italy on 25th and 26th June with an outstanding line up. This article provides tips and suggestions about this event to non Italian speaking people that would like to attend it, because the official website is presented only in Italian.

Saturday 25th June line up

  • Iron Maiden
  • Slipknot
  • Motorhead
  • Rob Zombie
  • Apocalyptica
  • Mastodon
  • Labyrinth
  • Rise to Remain
  • Papa Roach
  • Bring me the Horizon
  • Buckcherry
  • Parkway Drive
  • Escape the Fate
  • Architects

Sunday 26th June line up

  • Linkin Park
  • My Chemical Romance
  • Sum 41
  • Alter Bridge
  • Guano Apes
  • The Cult
  • The Dwarves
  • The Damned Things

The venue and how to arrive

The event will be hosted at Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, the motor racing circuit located in the city of Imola, Bologna.

If you want to arrive by car the city of Imola is close to A14 freeway (Bologna-Taranto), and has a dedicated exit. Alternative exits can be Castel S. Pietro if you arrive from north or Faenza if you arrive from south, and are strongly suggested in order to avoid traffic in the days of events. When you arrive in Imola, simply follow the indications toward downtown and Autodromo, that will lead you to the location.

If you arrive by train, Imola train station is close to downtown and only 1.5 km away from the circuit that can be reached walking in 20/25 minutes. Outside the station, you have to go toward downtown and proceed straight until you arrive at the circuit’s main entrance (passing through the streets named Viale Andrea Costa, Via Appia, Viale G.Mazzini, Viale Dante Alighieri, Via F.lli Rosselli). I suggest you this option instead of using a car, because Imola is a small town and the traffic around it during the days of the event can be really stressful. A tip could be that you find an accommodation in Bologna that is only half a hour away from Imola by train and even reachable by airplane.

Finally, if you want to arrive by airplane the closest airports to the circuit are Guglielmo Marconi Airport of Bologna and Forlì Airport, both distant about 35km from Imola.


First of all, please note that tickets are camping included. So if you like to camp, you already have your accommodation. Otherwise, you can look for an accommodation via Imola tourists office or using dedicated websites like the following ones (note: I cite them for your convenience, but I have not tried them, so keep your eyes open): inItalia, ItalyHotels, Alberghi in Italia.