An Italian city will be designated European culture capital in 2019. After that, it won't be Italy's turn again until 2033.
Italian culture capitals in the past include Florence in 1986, Bologna in 2000, and Genoa in 2004.
Eighteen Italian cities are vying for the title in 2019: Amalfi, Bari, Bergamo, Brindisi, Carbonia, Catanzaro, L'Aquila, Lecce, Mantua, Matera, Palermo, Perugia and Assisi, Ravenna, Siena, Siracuse, Turin, Urbino and Venice - together with regions of the northeast. Cities in EU candidate countries can compete in 2020, 2023, 2026, 2029 and 2032.
Currently the EU candidate countries are Turkey and the Balkans - Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo. (ANSAmed).