Italy's Eurovision Song Contest participation has been linked to the Sanremo Festival since their very first entry at the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 in Lugano. Their 1964 winner Gigliola Cinquetti's Non Ho L'Età had been crowned as Sanremo winner before her victory in Copenhagen.
The acts that will participate in the 2013 Sanremo Song Festival are:
Last year's Italian entry L'Amore È Femmina reached the Top 10 in Baku and it came from one of the established artists, Nina Zilli, while in 2011 it was the winner of the newcomers category, Raphael Gualazzi. After reaching the second place in the Final in Düsseldorf with Madness Of Love/Follia D'Amore, Raphael is back in Sanremo 2013 as a "Campioni".
The 63rd "Festival di Sanremo" takes place at the Ariston Theatre in Sanremo from the 12th to the 16th of February presented by Fabio Fazio and Luciana Littizzetto. During the Final on the 16th, the Italian artist for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest will be announced.