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May in Tuscany and Umbria

May in Tuscany and Umbria means it is the time to enjoy relaxing with friends, savouring wine in the glorious blooming of nature and participating in our local events!  Starting from my favourite subject:

OPEN CELLARS in Tuscany and Umbria !

Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31, 2015

Open Cellars, the most important wine tourism event in Italy.  Since 1993, wineries that are members of Movimento Turismo del Vino open their doors to personally meet the public on the last weekend in May.


Saturday 30 May, in particular, one of the best things to do is to take part to the “Lunch with the Winemaker”We suggest Madrevite which is close to il Fontanaro or drive a bit farther to the world famous Lungarotti and Antonelli San Marco.

Here is the Tuscany list: http://www.movimentoturismovino.it/public/eventi_istituzionali/20140519105914_0.pdf


Also do not miss the MUSEUM NIGHT  – 16 May

This is an event that takes place in cities across Europe on the same day.

Free entrance at most of the museums from 9.00 to 11.00 PM



 AREZZO (San Sepolcro)

May in Tuscany is perfect when you visit  the Aboca Museum in Tuscany, close to Arezzo. This  is a great cultural project wanted by Aboca to recover and spread the traditional use of medicinal herbs.
The route, “Herbs and Health throughout the Centuries”, which covers two floors of the 18th century Palazzo Bourbon Del Monte exhibits a fine collection of mortars, ceramics, glassware, laboratory tools, books and ancient herbals in which you can admire the artistic work in service of medical-herbal science throughout the centuries.

Where:   Palazzo Bourbon del Monte | Via Niccolò Aggiunti 75 | 52037 Sansepolcro (AR) Italy | Phone +39 0575 733589


25th of April to 3d of May 2015 – Assisi Antique Festival






May 1, 2 and 3. “Cibi dal mondo” 3 days of street food from here and he rest of the world, all day long at the histrorical centre of the village.


May in Umbria is perfect specially when you can enjoy the “painting the Sky show”! From April 30  and up to May 3. 100 kits will colour the Umbrian Sky of castiglion del Lago!

More info and details at: http://www.coloriamoicieli.com/

May 23 – 24  a little fitness festival – at Lungolago – Lido Arezzo. take part with locals to Lungolago – Lido Arezzo. “Trasimeno Fitness Festival”. Info: cell. +39 3332528388  palestraperfect@gmail.com

May 24  “Trekking della Ginestre”, an eco walking tour along the hills.  Info and booking:  Graziano Vinti graziano_vinti@libero.it Tel. +39  3494642484, Giannermete Romani, ermete.romani@gmail.com tel. +39 3471148395.

May 30 and 31  at Club Velico Castiglionese. where: Viale Brigate Garibaldi. National regatta  I.O.M. – M Class


Enjoy a walking tour in the city http://www.cittadellapieve.org/lista_itinerari.html

And after your walk, you can enjoy a great dinner at Coppetta the number 1 restaurant for Trip advisor in town.

MAY 1 ,2, 3  at Teatro Comunale “Accademia degli Avvaloranti”.  Start at 9.00 PM
Sunday at 4.30 PM.  “MAMMA MIA” – Musical by Ass. Pol. Dil. Motoriamente Musical.

This is an event for Charity. Tickets at  “Severon” Tel. 0578.298148

May 1 at Cafè degli Artisti, 10.00 PM – don’t miss this nice concert. FRE’ MONTI TRIO



From May 30 to June 7 check out the wine festival scheduled for Montespertoli the 58th edition of this festival – the biggest event of the year to promote one of the main products ” Chianti “.

Info: Montespertoli Tel . 0571/6001 cultura@comune.montespertoli.fi.i



There is local street market every Saturday morning.  Pair a walking tour around the city with lunch at La Bucaccia or Osteria del Teatro.

+ THE ANTIQUE MARKET takes place every fourth Sunday of each month on Piazza Signorelli. It offers a dive into the past in search of a good deal, of an object recalling old or lived moments.

1-3 May (dates to confirm) – Copper market in Piazza Signorelli – Walking and looking around the stalls one cannot ignore the beauty of old copperware enhanced by the bright colours of flowers adorning the square.

8 May  – Colata dei Ceri (Casting of candles) – 9.00 PM

9 May Santa Margherita candles offer.   A traditional heritage of Cortona – 4.00 PM

10th of May – Santa Margherita Celebration (dates to confirm)

Cortona, MAEC Museum, The Etruscan Academy Museum of the city of Cortona

MAEC’s history stretches back to 1727 when the Accademia Etrusca (Etruscan Academy) was founded; the academy’s statutory goals included the dissemination of historical and artistic culture through key-tools such as the Library and the Museum both of which were public right from the earliest stages; http://www.cortonamaec.org/english/museum_presentation.php

30th and 31st of May 2015 – The Medieval Market



THE GELATO FESTIVAL 30th of April to 3d of May

24th April to May 3rd 2015 a greet market in the city. Enjoy with us the International Handicrafts Trade Fair in Florence.
800 exhibitors will give its best
Where: Fortezza dal Basso – More info: + 39 055 49 721

May 1st to May 11th 2015, at  “Parco delle Cascine” in Firenze: FloraFirenze, an  international flower fair.

May 9th to May 14th 2015, Arezzo,  enjoy Bi-Jewel, the event entirely dedicated to the world of bijoux and fashion jewelry.



15TH OF MAY Festa dei Ceri and Corsa dei Ceri

May 15th is a date marked in red on the calendar of each ‘eugubino’, the inhabitants of Gubbio (PG). It is the day of the Festa dei Ceri.

The origins of this feast have its roots in the centuries. Some scholars trace it back to pagan ceremonies in honour of the goddess Ceres. Still others speculate on 1154, celebrations after the victory of Gubbio against 11 allied cities. But the most likely hypothesis, and the preferred from the same eugubini, is due to the figure of Ubaldo Badassini, Bishop of Gubbio in the twelfth century, and today the city’s Patron Saint, Saint Ubaldowww.ceri.it

May 24 Race of Ceri Mezzani  From 8.00 AM to 8.00 PM


WINE AND MUSIC Trasimeno meets Orvieto
Sunday, May 17 from 16 to 20 at the Golf Club Lamborghini, Panicale, Umbria

TASTINGS: Azienda Agraria Carlo and Marco Carini, Tenuta Patrizia Lamborghini
Società Agricola Poggio Bertaio, Cantina Morami  – With the participation of:
Falesco, La Bottega del Futuro, Herbal Ape Contadina, Oleificio Pozzuolese
“The Arches of the Trasimeno” – School music Trasimeno
The ensemble of Wind Instruments” – School music Trasimeno


MAY 16 and 17  The Italian  Speed Championship  – Tourist Trophy Race 2015.

at the Autodromo ” Borzacchini ”  – Info: info@autodromomagione.com tel . 075 840 303


Have a wine tour at Scacciadiavoli. ENJOY A WINES TASTING of Brut metodo classico bianco e rosè, Umbria Grechetto igt, Montefalco Bianco doc, Montefalco Rosso doc, Montefalco Sagrantino Secco docg Montefalco Sagrantino Passito docg. Cost from 10 euro per person.

INFO: visits@scacciadiavoli.it  TEL. 0039  0742 / 371210



May 10 – Historical Street Market all day long!

may in tuscany and umbria

may in tuscany and umbria


1ST OF MAY Celebrations in honour of Santa Agnese from 9.00 AM @PIAZZA San’t Agnese – Historic parade through the streets and a solemn Pontifical in the Sanctuary of Sant’Agnese.

+ The May Fair  – At  Località Tre Berte.  Agricultural Fair: Exhibition of agricultural products, machinery and animal, food and wine tastings.

Last weekend in May – Historical Centre of Montepulciano Open Cellars: Saturday: Eat Nobile (evening dedicated to the tasting of typical products at Piazza Grande combined with winds side eg. music, guided tours etc).

Sunday: open cellar for wine tasting; wine tours departing from Piazza Grande organized by the Strada del Vino Nobile . Info: info@stradavinonobile.it – Tel 0578 717484


Up to Sunday May 3 at Palazzo dei Setti, via Duomo and most of the main town squares. http://www.igelatiditalia.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=86&Itemid=444

Orvieto, festa della Palombella, May 24

from 12.00 AM at Piazza Duomo. Best is to be the parade from  4.00 PM at via Duomo and Corso Cavour.

6.30 PM flag show at Piazza del Popolo and Palio della Palombella challenge with the Tournament of Crossbowmen. The Palio will be assigned based on the sum of the scores obtained in the challenge of the Infiorate and the Tournament of the Crossbowmen.


MAY 15 TO 17 – at Giardini del Frontone enjoy 20 street food shops

Taste the best of Siciy, Umbria, Tuscany..and also India!

Perugia Flower Show – Flower market in the city   22nd/24th of May 2015


The Gluten Free Festival

29th of May /2nd of June 2015  http://www.glutenfreefest.it/


May 2 a social dinner at the village, starting from 7.30 PM, full menu with wines at 12 euro per person! to book: tel +39 393 9592 520

May 8 to 10  – “Let’s clean up Europe”. Organized by Centro Terzo Millennio and the Municipality of Paciano.

Please help us to clean the village, and to preserve our world. For more details, please contact us!

TAKE WALKS from May 10 –  Walking eco-tours along our vineyards, woods and olives,

for more details: Graziano Vinti graziano_vinti@libero.it Tel. 3494642484, Giannermete Romani, ermete.romani@gmail.com tel. 3471148395.




May 3 and May 17 – street vintage, inside this historical village, all day long.

May 9 –  at Teatro Cesare Caporali , from 3.00 to 6.30 PM.  “Move the Arts “.  ( 2nd round )

Laboratory Theatre by Adam Coleman (Globe Theatre in London). Minimum age 12 years. Workshop in English on Shakespeare. Designed by Joy Harris in collaboration with Arts Council of England . A by the Culture of the Municipality


MAY 2 Free  Rock concert at  Piazza Garibaldi – 9.30 PM

3rd Exhibition of wines and organic and biodynamic products .



A very local food event (don’t expect to find a lot of tourist in here).


SATURDAY MAY 2 – Sparty nightfrom 8.00 pm to 12.00 pm – music, wines and fun at the hot springs. From 20 to 28 euro per person.Where: Fonteverde

Every last last Sunday of May, in Celle sul Rigo at San Casciano dei Bagni,  the Local hand made pasta: Pici’s Festival!

more info at http://www.prolocochiusi.it/en/


Todi Flower Show, May 22 to 24 http://www.todifiorita.it/

May 29 to June 2 – MEDETERRANEO – A healthy  little food festival with street market and events around the city.


LUNGAROTTI – Come and spend a day of May at the Umbrian Lungarotti Estate among vineyards and olive orchards. Under their vineyard managers attentive guide you will be able to experience the harvest, the olive picking and all the growing techniques we adopt in our vineyards.
Come and see how they produce wines.

It will also be possible to learn about indigenous herbs and the wild animal that live among our vineyards, how to read the landscape and to shoot your pictures.

You may share your experience with your family or your friends, in the peace of a pristine landscape, and discover the true country lifestyle… all the ingredient that will allow your day to be unforgettable.



May 30 a foodie dinner with the winemaker (to book before at info@madrevite.com

May 31 from 10.00 AM to 8.00 PM – music, wines and food all day long. Vintage italian cars street parade and live performances by Cora.



Last but not least, if you are in Rome, have a walk at Villa Borghese for