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Families staying in Naples hotels this summer may be planning to visit the nearby town of Giffoni Valle Piana for a special event.

Every year, the town hosts a children's film festival thought to be the largest gathering of its kind in Europe.

Taking place between July 18th and 31st this year, the event confers prizes on the most critically acclaimed movies, in a similar way to other film festivals.

However, the key difference at Giffoni is that the jury is made up exclusively of young people, with nobody older than 17.

Once described as "the most necessary" of film festivals by legendary French director Francois Truffaut, Giffoni has been going since 1971 and remains a highly popular event.

Celebrating its 40th edition this year, the organisers have lined up special appearances from a host of Hollywood stars - Samuel L Jackson, Susan Sarandon and Elijah Wood.

In addition, one of Italy's most popular actresses Claudia Pandolfi will be present for the festival's opening day.

The theme of Giffoni this year is "love", an emotion that will be intrepreted in a variety of ways.

In the words of the organisers: "Desire, energy, emotion, discovery, boundaries, choice, journey, dream: these are all fragments of a never ending love speech."

Jessica Reading, head of marketing for LateRooms, commented: "Demand for the Giffoni Film Festival is always significant and we recommend that anyone considering attending should book their hotel Napoli as early as possible."

For more information on this event visit the Giffoni Film Festival website.

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