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Spring events in Tuscany

This is supposed to be a guide of the most important traditional events, but also innovative festivals, taking place in Tuscany during spring time.

Fabbrica Europa

It's an international Festival of the contemporary scene going on in Florence every year, and includes art, music, photography ehibits and a rich program of workshops of different topics.This year's edition will investigate the different "cultural islands" that makes Europe so rich. The opening is going to be May 3rd at Teatro Verdi in Florence at 9pm. For the complete programme check out the official site in few days is going to be updated.

Festa degli Aquiloni

(San Miniato) - It's an event that takes place every year, the first Sunday after Easter. Kite lovers perform aerial acrobatics on the Prato della Rocca, the grassy common above San Miniato. It's a beautiful event to enjoy the nature and some tuscan open air landscapes in company of your kids and friends.

Maggio Fiorentino

The oldest music festival in Italy, and one of the most famous, the Maggio Musicale in Florence was founded in 1933. In addition to its opera productions, it plays host to international orchestras, ballet and opera companies, with a line-up few other festivals canrival. Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is a two month long festival with opera, concerts and ballet featuring international artists. To see this year's programme check out the Maggio Fiorentino official site.

Mille Miglia

Date: Saturday in May (depends when Easter falls) The 1,000 miles (1,600 Km) refers to a race undertaken each yearby no less than 350 vintage cars. The race starts and finishes in Brescia, northern Italy. You can catch the Florence leg on Saturday Afternoon check out the Route from the official site.

Festa del Grillo

The Festa del Grillo is one of the most famous folkloristic manifestations in Florence. It is celebrated every year on Ascension Day in the Parco delle Cascine. Its origins have been lost in the course of time but it seems there are essentially two schools of thought as regards the name. The first, more pacifically, upholds the consideration that the cricket took upon itself to be the symbol of the arrival of spring and as such, the Festa was in its honour. The second idea sustains that the cricket was a harmful insect for the countryside and as such the highest number possible had to be eliminated. In this sense, the Festa was precisely for this, to diminish the numbers. More recently parents celebrated the Festa del Grillo by purchasing for their children little cages in which to put crickets found in the Park. This use lost its charm however, with the passing of time so we witnessed for a time the sale of both cages and crickets. In 1999 the Commune of Florence passed a law regarding regulation of the protection of animals, thus prohibiting the sale of crickets and as such, in the cages the insects are substituted with small electronic models. For this reason sadly the Festa has lost all its charm, becoming just another day with stalls and stands like any other.