Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Buenos Aires, the stylish and cosmopolitan capital of Argentina, has been a dream for millions of Europeans, mostly Italians, but also Spaniards, Germans, and French, as well as for a great number of South American people. Buenos Aires is also home to the world’s seventh-largest Jewish community, the largest in Latin America, with Jews starting to arrive in the country as early as the 16th century.
Big waves of migration from Europe came before and after the great wars when people moved to the southernmost part of America to start a new life. Such migrations are still happening today, and it is not rare to find freshly arrived Italian couples relocating in town.
What a town! The indescribable Buenos Aires is a mix of Italian traditions, in a French style city, with Spanish-speaking people.
Large avenues lined with 19th century buildings, large sidewalks and big parks covered by old big trees and flowers, plazas with fountains and marble statues, thousands of boutiques and unique stores selling own designs, from bags to clothing, from footwear and children outfits to fourrures, giving the impression that store chains do not exist here, leaving space to a sense of fashion, particularity and uniqueness at every step.
Bookstores of old and new volumes, from the illustrious Ateneo to small stalls on the sidewalk, open until 2 am, are everywhere in commercial areas and neighbourhoods. Argentina is the leading country in the world for printing Spanish books, it is the biggest editorial market in Latin America, and the leading host of bookstores as compared to any other place in the world.
Also, restaurants and cafes are always open, allowing you to decide whether to go for dinner at 11 pm or to take a drink after midnight. It is up to you to decide if it is late night or early morning, and people coming from parties blend with people going to work every day in the vibrant streets of Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires is also rich in theatres of different kinds, from the Teatro Colón, a grand 1908 opera house with 2,500 seats, to small theatres for 20 or 30 people.
Over 287 theatres, both modern and classical, are scattered around the city: ballets, operas, dramas, cinemas, classical theatre, avant-garde or Broadway-style performances run full-house in downtown Buenos Aires and in the theatre district on Corrientes Avenue, Abasto, Palermo, San Telmo, as well as in many other areas of the city.
Not only Buenos Aires hosts over 160 museums and more football stadiums than any other city in the world, but the city is also the birthplace of acclaimed literary titan Jorge Luis Borges, as well as of tango. The city’s dance halls, bars and nightclubs are open every day of the week.
Tango is much more than a dance: it is a way of dress, of moving, of walking, it is profound music, it is a way of life. And all of this is expressed in Buenos Aires. Declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, tango is deeply embedded in Argentina’s cultural identity.