This contest is held in the Ariston Theater.
Before 1977 it was held in the Sanremo Casino.
The production values of this five-day-long event are top-notch. Artists perform with a full orchestra. The presenters are some of Italy’s finest media talents.
Each artist performs their song three times leading up to the vote for the five finalists. Then the rankings are scrapped, and the five finalists perform again. THEN there is a final vote which comes from a combination of media votes, critic votes, and general population votes. Each regular person can phone in up to five votes.
There are twenty-eight acts, and watching them ALL perform makes for really long evenings. For the final this year, the event wrapped two-ish in the morning.