What to See While Visiting Italy in May

May is one of the most beautiful months to visit Italy. Follow our guide to see the best destinations to enjoy in May!
What to See While Visiting Italy in May
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May is a lovely time to visit Italy. The weather is warm and the days are long, perfect for exploring all that this beautiful country has to offer. The sun is shining over the rolling hills, and the flowers are in bloom. The towns and villages are picturesque, and there is so much to see and do. From the bustling cities to the quaint villages, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Visiting this luxury holiday destination in May is the perfect way to relax and soak up the gorgeous scenery as the landscapes wake up for summer


At the beginning of the season, the climate is divine, but the throngs of summer tourists haven't filled the cobbled streets. The opportunities to explore are endless, and you can enjoy this pleasant transition from low to high season. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or a family adventure, Italy in May is the perfect choice for your luxury holiday!

What to see while visiting Italy in May:

Stop and smell the roses in Sicily

The Infiorata di Noto is an annual festival that takes place in the city of Noto, in Sicily. During the festival, the city's streets are decorated with elaborate displays of flower petals. These displays are created by using a variety of techniques, including painting, mosaics, and sculpture. The Infiorata di Noto is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sicily and is considered to be one of the most beautiful festivals in the world!

The festival is a centuries-old tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. It is a huge event and a big part of Sicilian culture. It is a time when the city comes together to celebrate its religious and cultural heritage, and is a great glimpse into local life in Italy!


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light a candle in Umbria

The Festa dei Ceri is a festival that takes place annually in May in the village of Gubbio, in Umbria. The festival has been held since the Middle Ages and is one of the oldest festivals in Italy! The name of the festival comes from the three "ceraioi", or wax candles, that are carried by the three patron saints of Gubbio: Sant’Ubaldo, Sant’Antonio Abate, and Sant’Georgio. The festival begins with a procession of the three patron saints through the city streets, carried on wooden platforms, which are decorated with flowers and greenery. 


The people who carry the platforms, or "ceraioli", wear traditional costumes and are assisted by a team of people known as "sostieri". The ceraioli compete to see who can carry their saint's statue the furthest and the fastest. The race is a test of strength and stamina, and the winning team is awarded a prize! After the race, the ceri are taken to the Cathedral of Gubbio, where they are blessed by the bishop. The procession is followed by a traditional Italian lunch of roasted meats, potatoes, and other delicious specialities. The festival ends in style with a large fireworks display, a perfect way to end the evening. The Festa dei Ceri is a unique and popular festival that attracts visitors from all over Italy and the world. If you are in Umbria in May, be sure to experience this one-of-a-kind event!


get your groove on in Florence

Are you a music lover? Then you will enjoy Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, an annual international music festival held in Florence. Founded in 1933, it was intended to display forgotten operas and bring awareness to the genre. Every year, the festival attracts some of the world’s most renowned musicians and singers, as well as up-and-coming talent.

The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is one of the highlights of the cultural calendar in Florence. The city comes alive during the festival, with performances taking place in a range of venues including the world-famous Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Florence Opera. The festival is a great opportunity to experience the best of Florence’s musical heritage and to see some of the world’s leading musicians and singers in action. If you’re a music lover, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is a must-see event!


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Have a fairytale adventure in lucca

If you're looking for a fun, family-friendly activity in Collodi, look no further than Pinocchio's Park! Just outside of Lucca, this charming park is dedicated to the famous wooden boy from Carlo Collodi's 1883 novel, and features a variety of  attractions based on the story. Kids will love exploring the park and seeing all the different characters from the book come to life. There's Geppetto's workshop, the Talking Cricket, the Fox and the Cat, and of course, Pinocchio himself! You can even ride a donkey around the park! 


Every year on May 25th, the park comes alive to celebrate Pinocchio's birthday with special events and fun for all ages! Ride on the wooden train, watch a puppet show, and go around on a carousel with your little ones. Visiting the park is a perfect way to spend the day for families with young children, and is a great way to introduce them to the classic story. In addition to the attractions, Pinocchio's Park is also a great place to relax and enjoy the beautiful Tuscan scenery. The park is beautifully landscaped with flowers and trees, and there's even a pond where you can feed the ducks! Whether you're a fan of the book or just looking for a fun day out, Pinocchio's Park is sure to delight everyone in the family!

As you can see, May is the ideal time of year for your luxury holidays in Italy ! Contact one of our Tailors to find your perfect luxury holiday destination and explore everything that Le Collectionist has to offer! Browse our selection of luxury villa rentals in Italy and find your dream stay!


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