Things to do in May in Italy

The summer is beckoning…

Springtime is in full-flow and the colours of Italy at their most vibrant; a brilliant time to explore and savour the multitude of events that take place in this period. For those that want to avoid the searing heat of the summer it is the most pleasant month to be in Italy, so don’t hesitate to contact us and enquire for remaining availability.

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Things to do in Italy
  • Electronic Renaissance:

From March 10th to July 23rd, Palazzo Strozzi will feature an exhibition on the master of video art,  Bill Viola. Viola is a contemporary video artist, whose work explores electronic, sound, and image technology within New Media. The exhibition titled Electronic Renaissance will allow you to explore his early experimental work from the 70’s up to his monumental pieces of the 21st century, celebrating his special relationship with the magical city of Florence.

  • Mirò! Dream and Colour:

From April 11th to September 17th, Palazzo Albergati will host over 130 works of legendary surrealist artist Joan Mirò. The exhibition will feature a series of oil paintings, drawing and sculptures which root his identity, exploring his transgressive, and wild nature.

  • Gelato Festival:

From the 21st of April to the 4th of June the annual ice-cream festival will be touring Italy, stopping in Florence, Rome, Turn and Milan. This event intends to raise awareness of the Italian origins of ice-cream and visitors have the opportunity to learn everything there is to know about ice-cream from the history to the secret ingredients, however the real learning starts when your taste buds take over.

Programma Sant'Efisio Cagliari 2015

Photo Sagra di San Efisio:

  • Sagra di San Efisio:

On the 1st of May, Sardinia holds the world’s largest and colourful procession. Originally the procession begun in 1656 when patron saint Efisio di Elia saved the locals from the plague, to this day the procession follows the same structure lasting four consecutive days. Beginning with the main and most important procession, the statue of the saint is placed in an oxcart filled with flowers and decorations and transported to the Romanesque church of Saint Efisio in Nora. Behind five thousand people follow, rejoicing and celebrating with food, wine and dancing.

  • Giro d’Italia:

This year celebrates the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia, one of cycling’s Grand Tour races. The route will begin in Corsica, in Alghero on Sardinia on Friday May 5th and will end in Milan on the 28th of May. The 3,572.2 kilometres will comprise of diverse stages, including sprints , time trails and summit finishes, throughout different areas of Italy including the iconic Dolomites and Chianti.

  • Risotto Festival (May 7th):

In the first week of May, a town within the Piedmont region called Sessame, hosts a festival in honour of one of their biggest local produce, rice. This festival honours rice by hosting an entire festival surrounding the local delicacy, risotto. From timeless risotto dishes, to other local products, one’s taste buds are sure to feast.


  • Snake Handler’s Procession:

On the 7th of May a town of Abruzzo called Cocullo holds a procession in honour of their patron saint of snake bites Saint Domenic. The procession is very unique as the statue of the saint is adorned with banknotes, jewels and live snakes and is then carried through the village. Once the snakes are released

  • Fish Festival in Saint Fortunato (May 14th):

Every second Sunday of May,  Camogli holds a fish festival to honour the protector of fishermen Saint Fortunato. On the eve of the festival the towns people hold a bonfire competition followed by celebrations filled with dancing and singing, whilst the following day the local fisherman bring out one of the largest frying pans seen to man and use to it to fry free fish for the hungry locals and visitors.

  • Infiorata di Noto (16th & 17th May):

In the scenic city of Noto the annual flower festival Infiorata is held on the third weekend of May. It begun 20 years ago when the two florists Genzanesi and Netini met and from then on this new artistic style of ‘flower-petal art’ began. In this festival artists work with a special type of organic soil to outline a scene on the sidewalk that is then filled with flower petals and organic seeds and dried legumes.

  • Artisans and the Palace (May 18th-May 21st):

Founded in 1995 by Neri Torrigiani and Princess Giorgiana Corsini, this exhibitions purpose is to provide a space for creativity, where craftspeople can express and expose their technique and quality, whether its pottery, bronze making and more. Each year the exhibition hosts a theme, and the various invited collaborate around this theme, producing a space where visitors can discover the creation of objects by watching the craftspeople work whilst engaging in conversation with them about their techniques and history.

  • Night of the Museums (May 20th):

Every year, Night of the Museums take place, in which every Italian cities museums remain open too the public past midnight. Ask any locals in your town or city for more information on surrounding museums.