The Festival also has various spinoffs throughout the years – most importantly in October – with smaller sub-festivals and events. 2014 saw, in example a ballet trilogy by the Mariinskij Theatre of Saint Petersburg curated by the former etoile Carla Fracci. Both these and the main Summer program make excellent use of the marvelous architectures of Ravenna – one of the few Italian cities where the Byzantine heritage was perfectly preserved, by the way – which are frequently integrated in the shows. Its splendid Alighieri Theatre is also home to Muti’s Italian Opera Academy, a unique institution designed by the maestro to keep this historical treasure from disappearing from the contemporary Italian cultural scene altogether. 2015 will see the debut of the results of its first courses ever, centered on Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff.