Winetown is returning to Florence for its fourth edition on Friday, May 17 and Saturday May 18, 2013. Dedicated to the world of wine, the event will take place in various squares and historical buildings throughout Florence.
Some of these buildings are not normally open to the public but will open their doors for these two days—an event highlight brought back by popular demand.
Wine tastings will be held in magnificent inner courtyards featuring the stands of some of the best wine producers in Tuscany and beyond. The €15 Wine Card will let you choose freely among several different wines.
There will also be live music by internationally renowned Italian musicians and theatrical street performances.
You can drink excellent wine while listening to high-quality live music and watching short performances. Even if you don’t drink, you can still go inside the historical buildings to admire their beautiful artistic decoration, enjoy the music and leave, without paying a thing!
But no doubt the temptation to taste some first-rate Chiantis and Brunellos will prove too great resist!
A few words on the concerts:
On Friday, May 17 the ENRICO RAVA QUINTET will perform twice (at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) in the courtyard of Palazzo Pitti with Enrico Rava on trumpet, Gianluca Petrella on trombone, Giovanni Guidi on piano, Fabrizio Sferra on drums, and Gabriele Evangelista on double bass. For the uninitiated, Rava is undoubtedly one the most famous Italian Jazz musicians in the world.
Also not-to-be-missed is the VALDARNO JAZZ ENSEMBLE performing at 9:30 p.m. in the Loggia del Grano (behind the Uffizi) with Daniele Malvisi on sax, Gianmarco Scaglia on double bass, Fabrizio Mocata on piano and Giovanni Paolo Liguori on drums.
The genre will change on Saturday with a performance by the CHE! TANGO PROJECT, also in the Loggia del Grano, featuring tangos, milongas, chacareras, zambas and candombes for an evening of music and dancing.
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You can also check out different street performers like the “living music box” woman, a “human ball”, and a contortionist, and some who incorporate various objects into their acts like fans, hats, cages, knives and much more.
Last but not least: the food! Street-food stands will be set up for on-the-fly tastings and demonstrations by important chefs, alongside proper tastings (for a fee) of chocolate and rare vintages.
For more detailed information about the program, go to http://www.winetown.it/.