Aprite le finestre

Italy "Aprite le finestre"
Eurovision Song Contest 1956 entry
Artist(s)Franca Raimondi
Composer(s)Virgilio Panzuti
Lyricist(s)Pino Perotti
ConductorGian Stellari
Finals performance
Final result2nd
Final points-
Entry chronology
"Amami se vuoi" (1956) ►

"Aprite le finestre" ("Open the windows") is an Italian song by Franca Raimondi. It won the sixth edition of the Sanremo Music Festival and subsequently was the first Italian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1956 (contest rules allowing two entries per country at this contest only).


The song is in the Tuscan stornelli style, with Raimondi singing about the joy of Spring (described as "a festival of love") beginning and her desire to open the windows to let the new season in.

At Eurovision

The song was performed seventh on the night, following Luxembourg's Michèle Arnaud with "Ne crois pas" and preceding the Netherlands' Corry Brokken with "Voorgoed voorbij". Points and final placings at this Contest have never been revealed, meaning that the only statement which can be made about the song's final position was that it did not win.

The song was accompanied at the 1956 contest by Tonina Torrielli with "Amami se vuoi" and was succeeded as Italian representative at the 1957 contest by Nunzio Gallo with "Corde della mia chitarra".


Chart Peak
Italy (Hit Parade) 1

Cover versions

Artists who recorded cover versions of the song include Nilla Pizzi, Quartetto Cetra, Achille Togliani, Fiorella Bini and Lina Lancia.


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