May is one of the best month to visit Tuscany, and especially Florence, not only for the weather (it’s not too much hot yet like in July and August, but it’s reasonable warm to go out with a t-shirt and shorts) but even for the numbers of events in calendar.
All have heard about the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino: the famous music festival that since 76 editions brings to the spectators lyric, ballets and classic music masterpieces. For the 2013 the expectation for the upcoming Giuseppe Verdi Opera show is growing: the Don Carlo (from 2nd to 12nd of May) and the Macbeth from 17th to the 25th of June.
For those who love the classic music instead, the concert of 11st of May, directed by Zubin Metha, and the ones of 4th of May directed by Claudio Abbado: in schedule Richard Wagner (Tannhäuser, Ouverture), Giuseppe Verdi (Te Deum), Hector Berlioz (Symphonie Fantastique op. 14).
For Info: http://www.maggiofiorentino.it
In addition to cultural events, in May there are few wine&food events that deserved a visit to Florence just for themselves. The most famous are the ice-cream festival and Winetown.
The Italia Gelato Tour is an exhibition held in different Italian cities,..with the aim of spread the name of handcrafted and industrial ice creams experts. The main square of some arts city (Florence, Rome, Turin…) will be populated by stands of ice creams producers, where it will be possible to taste different flavors. Many flavors will be produced just for the event. The tour will begin in Florence at mid of May, in the central Santa Maria Novella square, just few steps from central rail station.
For info: http://www.italiagelatotour.it/firenze/
Florence Gelato Festival from 17th to 26th of May, 2013.
The other main event that attracts the gourmet is Winetown. It’s held since 4 years, and it represent an exhibition dedicated to the wine’s world, which is growing up year by year. It offer an innovative formula: open once a year the gardens of historic Florentine palaces, usually closed for the visitors, and allow people to taste the best Italian and Tuscan wines in there. That’s not all. Rather than arts (inside the buildings) and wine, there is another attraction: the shows. In a lot of these courtyards, loggias and squares there will be jazz concert, visual art exhibits to entertain the visitors with different things.
The past exhibitions were held at September, but this year has been decided to anticipate the dates to May to allow the producers to physical attend the event (at September they can’t, it’s time for grape harvest!!!)
To complete the large offer there are other culinary events, cooking shows and driven taste itinerary.
Winetown from 17th to 18th of May, 2013.
For info: http://www.winetown.it/
For May last exhibition to be pointed out is Fabbrica Europa. It’s a Festival, a bit niche but absolutely with a big value that embrace different kind of arts: ballet, theater, music. It’s held in different area: Leopolda Station in Florence, Teatro Era in Pontedera, Teatro della Pergola, French Institute. This year achieves 20 years anniversary and the program seems to be rich and interesting.
From 16th to 19th of June, 2013.
For Info: http://fabbricaeuropa.ffeac.org