Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
“As a capital of culture, Florence is a fitting host for one of the largest and most anticipated annual celebrations of classical music, opera, and dance in Europe. Inaugurated in 1933 and held annually since 1937, the prestigious festival has been under the direction of maestro Zubin Mehta since 1985, and attracts both rising stars and world-class performers. It beings in early May, with free open-air closing extravaganzas usually held in the Piazza della Signoria in late June or early July.
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