"Azzurro" [adˈdzurro] is an Italian pop song composed by Paolo Conte and Vito Pallavicini. Its most famous version was recorded by Adriano Celentano in 1968.

Song by Adriano Celentano
from the album Una carezza in un pugno – Azzurro
Songwriter(s)Paolo Conte, Vito Pallavicini
Composer(s)Paolo Conte, Michele Virano


Conte and Pallavicini wrote "Azzurro" especially for Celentano. The song describes a lonely summer in the city. Structurally it typically reflects Conte's writing style, combining simple and catchy melodies with unusual elements, like the military march music bit in the middle. Conte would record the song himself in 1985, ten years into his own solo career as a performer. Together with "Via con me" and "Sotto le stelle del Jazz", it is now one of his most popular songs.


The first line of the chorus goes: "Azzurro, il pomeriggio è troppo azzurro e lungo per me . . ."[1] (Blue, the afternoon is too long and blue for me...)


Chart Peak
Italy[2] 1

Cover versionsEdit

The song was covered by numerous Italian singers, like Mina, Gianni Morandi and Fiorello. Even the Italian football national team has sung the song on one occasion. German covers were done by Peter Rubin, Die Toten Hosen, Peter Alexander and Rummelsnuff. French cover by Régine. Spanish cover by Gabinete Caligari. Czech cover by Waldemar Matuška, (lyrics by Zdeněk Borovec).

Arik Einstein coverEdit

In Israel, it is a famous song known for its Hebrew version by Arik Einstein "Amru Lo" (Hebrew: "They told him..."), which does not feature a translation of the original lyrics, and instead lampoons a young ne'er-do-well's inexplicable obsession with the color red and a failing soccer team of the same uniform color. It was also turned as a film with the same name.

Die Toten Hosen coverEdit

Single by Die Toten Hosen
from the album 125 Jahre die Toten Hosen: Auf dem Kreuzzug ins Glück
ReleasedJune 5, 1990
GenrePunk rock
LabelVirgin Records
Songwriter(s)Paolo Conte
Vito Pallavicini
Michele Virano
Die Toten Hosen singles chronology
"Alles wird gut"
"All die ganzen Jahre"

"Azzurro" (on many releases mistitled "Azzuro") was covered by Die Toten Hosen for the album Auf dem Kreuzzug ins Glück as a tribute to 1990 FIFA World Cup.

The single was released with differently coloured covers: green, orange, pink and yellow.

Music videoEdit

The video was directed by Hanns Christian Müller.

The band drives around Italy in an Opel, having to push-start it every time. In the end it gets stolen right before them.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Azzurro" (Conte, Virano/Conte, Pallavicini) − 2:32
  2. "Herzlichen Glückwunsch" (Sincere congratulation) (v. Holst/Frege) – 2:03
  3. "Dr. Sommer" (Dr. Summer) (Breitkopf/Frege) – 1:57
  4. "Feinde" (Enemies) (Frege/Frege) – 2:20


Year Country Position
1990 Germany 23
1990 Switzerland 17


  1. ^ Peter Benjaminson The Story of Motown 1979 -- Page 306"The first line of the song goes: "Azzurro, il pomeriggio e troppo azzurro e lungo per me . . ." — Blue, the afternoon is too long and blue for me . . . ("blue," has no negative connotations of the depressing variety clouding the ..."
  2. ^ Dario Salvatori (1989). Storia dell'Hit Parade. Gramese, 1989. ISBN 8876054391.