May is a wonderful period in Italy as there are lots of events held. So, if you are planning to visit Italy in spring or, particularly in May, the following information will be very helpful.
- Notte dei Musei – May 14. From 8pm-2am, museums throughout Italy will be open, and free. The list of which museums will participate includes pretty much every major state museum.
- Artisans and the Palace – May 13-15. There will be held traditional workshops in Florence in Palazzo Corsini’s amazing gardens and orangeries. More than 80 different craftspeople will exhibit their wares and the way they produced them.
- Vinum Nostrum. Held until May 15, there is an exhibit at Florence’s Silver Museum, which takes you through 2 millennia of wine with ancient sculptures, frescoes, and modern multimedia. There’s even a completely reconstructed ancient Roman wine cellar, complete with ancient amphorae, barrels and other finds from Pompeii.
- Perfumes of the Boboli –May 19-22. Artisans here show off their creations, including not only perfumes, but soaps, candles and cosmetics. The event is held in the beautiful Boboli gardens.
- Iris Garden – Until May 20. The most famous Florence’s Iris Garden will be the place, where the best gardeners in the world compete in Florence’s International Iris Competition. And it’s free.
- Roma Wine Festival – May 7-8. There will be two days of wine workshops, presentations and tastings in Rome.
- Florence Gelato Festival – May 25-29. Two different gelato villages in the center of Florence, at Piazza Pitti and Piazza della Repubblica, will boast numerous types of ice cream— from workshops showing how the Italian delicacy is made, to lots of samples.
- Lorenzo Lotto – Through May. This was one of the most important artists of the Renaissance. Lots of his works will be displayed in Rome at the Quirinale.