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Buying Italy Events Tickets Online with Charta
How to buy tickets to events in Italy on the Internet in a simple and secure manner.
I have very recently used the method described below to buy tickets for La Fenice in Venice (the absolutely last two tickets for the performance), and for the Teatro Comunale di Modena (where the choice was quite wide). I have also used it to identify availability for La Scala in Milan, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and many others. Charta.it is bookmarked on both my PC and laptop.
Charta is an Italian company that offers online tickets sales for events in Italy. Their website, www.charta.it, is very useful, easy to navigate, and allows you to do the following:
In this article, I will walk you through using www.charta.it to purchase your event tickets.
Charta - Home Page
On the Charta Home Page, click the "English" link to see the home page in English. On the Home Page you have two options:
Charta - Looking at All Events
From the Home Page, click the "All Events" link to see the extensive list of events organized as follows:
Within each group, events are listed by city and within each city by venue, all in alphabetical order.
As an example, let us look at events On Sale for Roma (Rome).
Wasn't that easy? Now you have your tickets for an event in Italy!
How do I find the performers for the event I wish to attend?
Use the Internet to search for the event to get more information. Search on the name of the Venue. Using the example above, I googled "Teatro dell'Opera di Roma" and found the website of the opera (www.opera.roma.it). I clicked on "Programmazione 2005" and found the "Calendario". On the calendar, I clicked "Novembre", the date of the event, and then clicked the name of the event "La Sonnambula" to get to the home page of the opera itself. There I found information for the performers.
On the lighter side, this website was also useful in deciding NOT to buy tickets at some events. The best example I can offer is quite recent: I was poised to buy tickets for a specific event that takes place during my approaching trip to Rome, when I stopped and opened another browser window to check the performers. Discretion is a virtue, so I will not get into the details of event, performer, etc. All I can say is that I extrapolated some information about one of the main performers, projected it with what I knew about the respective career, and finally decided that I would prefer to remember that performer as I recall from 25 years ago. I skipped the event.
Picking Up Your Tickets
Tickets can be picked up at the theatre, usually up to 30 minutes before the start of the event. In order to obtain the tickets at the theatre's cashier, one needs to present the confirmation number and the same credit card that was used when the purchase was completed.
Recommendation: Read the FAQ provided on the Home page of each location chosen for more information on getting your tickets.
You Cannot Get a Refund
Something to consider: booking and buying tickets via the Internet represents a powerful commitment, since the sale of the tickets obtained is final. After purchasing the tickets, it is not possible to cancel the purchase or to get a refund or to change the date (personal note: this has never stopped us .), and the tickets will not be released to anybody else but to a person who has both the confirmation number and the appropriate credit card. In some cases personal identification with a passport may also be required.
What does this really mean? It means that if the purchaser cannot attend the event for any reason, the tickets cannot be passed on to anybody else unless that person has all the documents required.
You could also book using a US-based booking agency.
Doron Midroni lives in Toronto. He is a partially-retired bank employee with strong interests in languages, books, travel, music, arts, and architecture.
© Doron Midroni, 2005
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