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Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival 2013 in Florence Italy

Italiano: Collage di varie foto di Firenze

Italiano: Collage di varie foto di Firenze (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Attend Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in the cradle of the Renaissance and the capital of European culture. Florence is brimming with magnificent works of art and architecture. Florence was the city that spawned the Renaissance and the home of many notable composers, musicians, artists and poets who were inspired by the beauty of the Tuscan landscape.

WHEN: April 2-24. 2013

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Zubin Mehta conducting the Israeli Philharmoni...

Zubin Mehta conducting the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra at the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre(NCPA) in Mumbai. A series of concerts were held to mark the centenary of Mehli Mehta, Zubin’s father. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is also famous for the contributions of conductor Zubin Mehta. In 1990, he conducted the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in the first ever Three Tenors concert in Rome. This annual event is the “oldest and most prestigious music festival in Europe after Salzburg, which attracts the greatest concert, opera and contemporary artists in the world.” This event highlights the long musical tradition of Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. The extraordinary Florentine music tradition is rooted in the musical passions of the Medici court during the Renaissance.

David piazzale michelangelo

David piazzale michelangelo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Verdi - il Trovatore, Del Monaco,Tebaldi, Simi...

Verdi – il Trovatore, Del Monaco,Tebaldi, Simionato, Tozzi, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orch. Suisse Romande, Erede, London ffss OS 25040 (Photo credit: Piano Piano!)

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino includes an opera festival. It was founded in April 1933 by conductor Vittorio Gui. with the aim of presenting contemporary and forgotten operas in visually dramatic productions. It was the first music festival in Italy. The first opera presented was Verdi‘s early Nabucco, his early operas then being rarely staged. The festival takes place in late April and last until June, typically with four operas. This Festival offers international music performances and the city’s biggest arts featival between April 30th and June 2nd.

Florence Roofs

Florence Roofs (Photo credit: plemeljr)

Photograph of Ponte Vecchio at night. Florence...

Photograph of Ponte Vecchio at night. Florence, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Duomo in Florence

Duomo in Florence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While you are there, visit the the Palazzo Vecchio and the Galleria degli Uffizi. The Galleria dell’Accademia has Michelangelo’s David (1501-4). The Museo del  Bargello is another one of my favorites where you can admire fine treasures from the Renaissance. Don’t miss the Museum of St. Mark’s, brimming with Fra Angelico’s masterpieces. The Santissima Annunziata Piazza has the Lodge of the Holy Innocents by Brunelleschi.

Ecce Homo

Ecce Homo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The façade of Santa Maria Novella, completed b...

The façade of Santa Maria Novella, completed by Leon Battista Alberti in 1470. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Cathedral Piazza of Santa Maria del Fiore has Giotto’s campanile on one side and the Baptistry of St John in front, with the Gates of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti. To the west of the cathedral, visit the imposing Strozzi Palace and the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. The Basilica’s facade was designed by Leon Battista Alberti. Visit the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi by Michelozzo and the St. Lawrence Basilica by Brunelleschi; the sacristies were designed by Donatello and Michelangelo.

Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Italy File:Brogi, G...

Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Italy File:Brogi, Giacomo (1822-1881) – n. 3039 – Firenze – Palazzo Pitti (lato di Boboli).jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cross the Ponte Vecchio and visit the Oltrarno quarter, with the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens. Travel to the Holy Ghost Basilica by Filippo Brunelleschi and the Carmelite Church, with its frescoes by Masolino, Masaccio and Filippino Lippi.

front of Pitti Palace

front of Pitti Palace (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Take pictures of Brunelleschi’s magnificent dome on the main cathedral and Ghiberti’s Baptistery doors. Buy some jewelry on the Ponte Vecchio or stroll along the jade-colored Arno River.


Sanminiato (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The historic center of Florence is a sight to behold from Piazzale Michelangelo, located under the Romanesque Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, where construction was initiated in 1013. Travel to Fiesole, with spectacular views of the Arno valley. Then travel to the wine regions that surround Florence in the beautiful Tuscan countryside.

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