may florence 2015 - Windows on Italy



May means spring in full swing and nature awakening: Florence is going to celebrate it with the richest palette of events ever, one better than the other.

At this time of the year, the Maggio Musicale opens its doors: now at the 79th edition, it will be inaugurated by the famous conductor Zubin Metha. The festival offers top-quality operas, not only traditional but also innovative and slightly unconventional.

Music is also the star of the “Sorsi di Musica” festival (literally, sips of music), created by a fruitful partnership between the Cherubini Conservatory and the Bardini Museum. On the backdrop of the marvellous Bardini Garden, enjoy the impressive string of concerts with final aperitif, the perfect closing note for your enchanting night.

Running along the same line of flowers and gardens, don’t miss the Iris Garden (Giardino dell’Iris), only open at this time of the year, when this precious flower, so beloved in Florence, is in full bloom. If you like landscape architecture, take your chance and visit the gardens of the stunning Fiesole villas, open to visitors on Thursday afternoon.

Why don’t you discover the best spots in Florence at run pace? In May there are 2 important running races in the city centre: the Vivicittà and the DeeJay Ten. These two competitions, much appreciated by the Florentines as well as by the tourists, will give to both athletes and amateurs the opportunity to enjoy our amazing city in sports clothing.

Oh, and don’t forget to write it down in your diary: on May 1st, the first Sunday of the month, entrance to all public museums open on this festive day is free!