1st of May in Italy - many events across Florence, Milan, Rome and Palermo


What to do in Florence for the May 1st long weekend? 

Open museums, but also walks in blooming gardens, fairs, exhibitions and the food of festivals. Uffizi, Boboli Gardens and many others: the museums are open on May 1st. There is also an opportunity to explore the beauties of the city of Florence. And the 7th edition of Scarperia Wine will be held on Sunday 30 April and Monday 1 May 2023 - a wine route through the cellars of Italy. The event is dedicated to the fascinating world of wine, which will unravel between itinerant tastings in the splendid Renaissance setting of the Palazzo dei Vicari . There is also an exhibition of plants and flowers at the Horticultural Garden. The historic market exhibition of plants and flowers of the Tuscan Society of Horticulture will take place at the Horticulture Garden in Florence. Like every year, a wide variety of plants and flowers from floriculture specialists will be available to visitors, thanks to the presence of over 75 exhibitors from all over Italy.


Milan features a number of museums - May 1st there will be several exhibitions and many museums open with new exhibitions. Such as at the Museo Morando and Palazzo Reale with a special exhibition of Leandro Elrich. More games, this time for the little ones, with the activities at the Science Museum which, on the occasion of the bridge, will remain open with various workshops and virtual reality experiences (all weekend). Gin lovers, on the other hand, cannot miss the Gin Fair in Piazza Città di Lombardia, three days of tastings and meetings with the best producers (all weekend long). For those who don't want to give up a good swim despite the bad weather, there is Acquaworld, the indoor water park in Concorezzo: throughout the weekend the staff will involve young and old with games, group dances and quizzes in the water, inside and outside the large wave pool.


After the 4-day long weekend that April 25th gave to many Romans, another long weekend is coming thanks to May 1st. There will be a concert in Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano with around 50 artists representing current and future Italian music will take turns, for a good nine hours of live music and lyrics. And Rome becomes the capital of ice cream, the artisan one. From Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May "Roma è gelato" arrives, the first major event open to the public entirely dedicated to one of the most famous Italian products in the world and its many variations, including cuisine, pastry and mixology. The Tutto Fritto Festival in Parco Appio takes place on the 1st May; a very popular green space for Romans in Summer. At the Tutto Fritto Festival very stands will offer fried pizza, suppli, meatballs, pasta croquettes and much more. 


From barbecues at Villa Tasca to visits to the Botanical Gardens - Orto Botanico and Palazzo Steri - plenty of options on the May Day weekend. Palermo comes alive with events for all tastes. In the park of Villa Tasca there are events dedicated to children and families, including sports and typical "arrustute", while the Museo Salinas, Orto Botanico, Steri and the cloister of Monreale open doors for guided tours. 

For May 1st extraordinary opening and guided tours such as at the Salinas Museum: "The Salinas in Greece and the Acropolis museum in Palermo": the itinerary will focus on interculturalism that has always been linked to the Mediterranean Sea and Sicily.  In Monreale, "Discovering the Cloister of the Benedictines of Monreale", a special visit to the Cloister of Santa Maria La Nuova in Monreale. A visit to the complex is also planned for the Steri, one of the symbolic places of the city. Finally, also visits to the open-air museum which is the Botanical Garden.

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