Apr 17 2014

May in Madrid

May in Madrid is not just awesome because of the pleasant weather, but also a great month for travelers to enjoy a lot of different and great events all over town. If you are a person who likes to enjoy a wide range of activities, May would be the perfect month to visit the Spanish capital and benefit from its amazing leisure time activities.
Madrid Open: This event is truly an institution and not just famous around great sport fans but known all over the world. The Mutua Madrid Open take place for its already 12th time in 2014 and will again gather huge audiences to spectate at the world’s greatest Tennis players. From May 2nd to 11th beyond successful and leading athletes like Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams will populate the high-tech tennis courts at stunning Caja Màgica to defend their titles. Being part of the prestigious ATP World Series this tournament is one of the biggest sport events of the year and provides an exciting and unique activity opportunity when in Madrid during May. Get your tickets and enjoy some excellent tennis!

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DocumentaMadrid: DocumentaMadrid is an amazing international Film Festival dedicated to the art of documentary filming. The 11th edition of this great event takes place from April 30th to May 11th and is once again hold at CINETECA MADRID, Spain’s only cinema that exclusively shows documentaries. Latest since last year DocumentaMadrid can be considered as one of the world’s most important documentary film festivals and attracts producers, writers, professionals and of course the interested audience. Being committed to ambitious non-fiction productions, people can enjoy films reflecting international society, culture, technology, art, environment and economic, each chosen by high-standards to offer great quality. For more information feel free to visit the official website.

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Jessie J in concert: Get out your fanciest Nike’s and some bright and flashy fashion: Jessie J is about to give a concert in Madrid – and you know that you won’t be able to stop your body from dancing when this lively musician is playing. The “Price Tag”-interpreter will attract fans from probably all over Europe to come together on May 31st to enjoy the US-Star performing live on stage at Palacio Vistalegre. Being known for colorful outfits, creative stage designs and of course catchy melodies, this concert promises to offer amazing entertainment! Don’t miss it and save yourself some of the highly-demanded tickets.

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2 de Mayo Fiesta: On May 2nd Madrid’s community celebrates its “2 de Mayo Fiesta” – a festivity remembering the defeat over Napoleon’s invasion in 1800. This event is truly a day people spend outside joining all the different happenings taking place in Madrid’s streets such as parades, concerts and sport events. In the afternoon there usually is an amazing Military display at Plaza Oriente that shouldn’t be missed. Another great thing is an enormous firework taking place in the night of May 1st at the Vistillas Gardens providing a perfect opportunity to spend a romantic time with your sweetheart :-)

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Apr 17 2014

May in Venice

In May Italy’s famous City of Canals is all about tradition and culture. Besides the international Labor Day hold in a lot of cities all over the planet, Venice convinces with some other, more local festivities. Read carefully through our chosen event proposals and get inspired for your upcoming vacation.
Festa della Sensa: This feast is a lovely tradition accompanying the city for ages. The Festa della Sensa is one of Venice’s most famous and important festivities and attracts thousands of visitors each year. Taking place 40 days after Easter, in 2014 “Ascension Day” is hold on the last weekend of May – May 31st and June 1st. Festa della Sensa commemorates not just one but two important happenings in the city’s history: first the rescue of the denizens of Dalmatia imperiled by the Slavs by Doge Pietro II Orseolo in 1000, second people honor the Treaty of Venice in 1117 bringing peace to the city. Taking this day as proper occasion inhabitants do also remember Venice's marriage to the Sea and its strong bonding with ocean on this special date. Today the Festa della Sensa is celebrated with a big water parade to reenact the marriage ceremony by throwing a ring into the open water. One packed day of Venice’s background that shouldn’t be missed.

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Festa della Sparesca: This festivity takes place on May 1st when the city and the world also celebrates the international Labor Day. “Primo Maggio” does not just mark the achievements of the working population but has also been taken as a great opportunity for celebrating the new asparagus harvest with a gondolier regatta – what could be more fitting for the city famous for its gondolas? The event takes place at Cavillino’s lagoon, a coastal area being situated a bit outside Venice but quick and easy to reach from the city centre. Expect some great traditional and maritime themed outfits worn by competitive participants paddling as fast as they can to gain victory. Take your camera with you and enjoy it.

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Opera Gala: After a great load of tradition and festivities, finally here comes something different to mark in you schedule. Cultural interested people and especially friends of classical music will have their light joy on this one. On five dates in May visitors can enjoy the “Opera Gala” being hosted at the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista. Put out your fanciest evening wardrobe, lean back, relax and enjoy the most famous opera arias from artists such as Mozart, Puccini and Co. performed by baritone, soprano, tenor, string quartet and piano. Get your tickets today and look forward to a feast for eyes and ears!

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Apr 17 2014

May in Rome

Sports, culture, music – basically there is nothing that the amazing city of Rome wouldn’t offer in May. Jump into its pool of various events and enjoy all of the great possibilities Italy’s capital provides when it comes to active and exciting holidays.
Open House Roma: Open House is an international event taking place in 22 cities – including metropolises like London, New York and Melbourne – on four continents. During this annual happening every participating city celebrates architecture, art and culture by opening doors to its most important and impressive buildings for the public to discover. Once again also Rome will take part to present its wide range of cultural supply to interested locals and tourists. Open House Roma offers more than 100 interesting sights – i.e. Vatican City, the historical center and Co. – to discover and is again completely free to join! Enjoy an intense experience of Rome from May 10th to 11th and get inspired.

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Italian Open: The Internazionali BNL d’Italia also known as the Italian Open are one of the three ATP World Tour Masters and will once again feature great tennis in Italy’s capital. From May 11th to 18th the famous court of the Foro Italico is calling to host all of the great names in tennis. In 2013 super-athlete Rafael Nadal could gain victory and will for sure fight hard this year to defeat its glorious title. Since the Italian Open are known for high fashion, delicate food and drinks, great music etc. this event is definitely more than “just sports” and provides one great entertainment experience! Tickets can be bought online.

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La Notte Dei Musei: The Night of Museums is an international happening taking place all over Europe. On May 17th Rome again hosts “La Notte Dei Musei” and provides special openings and free entrance to different cultural institutions all over town. This one of a kind evening includes a whole program containing a tour of various museums, libraries, historic buildings and Co. everybody interested can discover. To create your personal schedule you can sign up at the official website – some Italian skills required…

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Spring Attitude Festival: After sports and loads of culture we are happy to offer an event for beat buddies as well. From May 23rd to 24th Rome returns to hold the Attitude Spring Festival – a music event dedicated to electronic music and new sounds. Entering its 5th round already, this lively happening has established in Rome’s world of music and became a set date on its festival calendar. Featuring electronic scene known artists like Actress, Cosmo, Catching Flies and many more, Spring Attitude will take over architectural great locations with Spazio Novecento and Macro Testaccio – La Pelanda. Find ticket information on springattitude.it and prepare yourself for one pumping weekend.

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Apr 17 2014

May in Amsterdam

Now this is awesome! Searching through events being hosted in Amsterdam in May made us just want to do one thing: pack our suitcases and travel to Holland’s beautiful capital! There are just so many great happenings on the cities calendar that it might be quiet hard to choose for visitors which of them to attend. Get some help deciding and read through our Event Top 4.
Hemeltjelief Festival: This is something especially great for families coming to town. The Hemeltjelief Festival is a colorful event for kids and grown-ups hold annually at Ascension Day, which is May 29th in 2014. Featuring a wide range of musical and theatrical performances, different events and activities, Hemeltjelief promises to be one great entertainment experience again! From 11.00 am to 23.00 pm DJs will be playing, there are food carts, craft stands to participate etc. – so the whole family will be amused throughout the whole day! Tickets can be bought in presale for 12,50€ or you can get them at the festival door for 15,00€ each.

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Rolling Kitchens: It will be a long weekend in food-heaven! From May 28th to June 1st Rolling Kitchens will return to Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek to please hungry visitors from everywhere. During this five-day-event dozens of mobile kitchens will be populating the area to create one huge outdoor restaurant. If you now might be worried about just getting solid and hearty Dutch meals: relax, there will be something for everybody’s taste! From local cuisine, over Pizza, Burger, fancy new creations to delicate sweets of all kind – Rolling Kitchens promises to be an international food-pleasure! The entrance is free, so you have some extra money to spend on culinary delights – yummy!

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Pacha Festival: Almost everybody probably knows about the famous Pacha Nightclubs all over the world. Well, Amsterdam hasn’t his own so far but there will be some high-class-disco-feeling for at least one day: on May 17th the Pacha Festival will flood the city with pumping sounds and a free spirit atmosphere in order to guarantee an amazing time at the Java Eiland in Amsterdam. With Roger Sanchez playing in 2014 the responsible persons have landed a pretty big fish playing at the festival’s third edition, but with names like Benny Rodrigues, Mark Knight or Cassy the whole line-up promises a great show. In addition, there will be an original Hippie Market to shop cool and unique pieces to complete your festival season wardrobe. Ticket prices are from 52,50€ up to 72,50€ and can only be bought be people with the minimum age of 18 years.

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Amsterdam Coffee Festival: So far we had some family activities, food and music – what’s now still missing for a complete pleasure is a nice, hot cup of coffee! What great luck that the Amsterdam Coffee Festival happens to be in the Dutch capital in May. For the first time this energizing event is hold in the city and will probably attract a load of caffeine lovers to populate the NDSM Wharf during the time of May 2nd to 3rd. More than 100 international roasters and Co. will be on the spot presenting all different flavors of the omnipresent drink. In addition, some of the world’s best barristas will host workshops and tastings – all of that with great live-music playing in the background. Different ticket opportunities are available and can be bought online on the official website.

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Apr 17 2014

May in Florence

Discovering a new city is more than just doing some sightseeing. People who really want to take their travel experience to the fullest should jump into the various activity opportunities an unknown town offers. If you are planning on visiting Italy’s beautiful city of Florence in May, feel free to enjoy our wisely chosen Top 4 Event Tips and start scheduling your perfect Florence-holiday.
Gelato Festival: Seriously, we couldn’t stop smiling and clapping our hands when we found this amazing event! From May 1st to 4th Florence hosts the “Gelato Festival” – an amazing happening celebrating the creamy dessert Italy is beyond famous for. This lovely Ice-Cream Festival started back in 2010 with the aim of showing the origin of Florentine’s ice-cream to the world and is now, luckily, hold annually. During this four-day event more than 100 of Italy’s gelato parlours will be presenting themselves, taking part in exciting flavor competitions and of course offering tasty samples of their art to the sweet-loving audience. If you want to be a pro, get a “Gelato Card” and save yourself five ice-cream flavors and one cocktail for a special price! To us, this seems like a worthwhile investment ;)

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Cantine Aperte: Every last Sunday in May people all over Italy can benefit from one awesome event. In 2014, wine-lovers should mark May 25th red in their calendars, because the “Cantine Aperte” is returning to please fans of the famous grape-drink. During this open winery wine dressers all over the country open their doors to the public to invite them into their holy halls of wine producing. Tourists, locals – everybody interested – can experience impressive cellars, exclusive tastings and tours to enjoy the whole world of wine first hand. A lot of places also offer special dinners – of course accompanied by some fine wines. Search for the wine dresser of your trust while in Florence around May 25th, and look forward to get wonderfully and authentically refreshed.

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Ben Harper live: Ambitioned music-lovers will be pleased by this announcement. Multi-talent Ben Harper is about to give a concert in the amazing city of Florence on May 10th. With the aim of pleasuring his fans with high-quality sound Mr. Harper will fill the halls of Teatro Verdi with delicate tunes of his wide range of musical potential. The American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist plays an energetic mix of rock, blues, blues, folk, soul and reggae and is beyond that especially known for his outstanding guitar and vocal skills. Let yourself be enchanted by this god given talent of three-time Grammy winner Ben Harper and get your tickets today.

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Fabbrica Europa: For its 21st edition the “Fabbrica Europa” will return to Florence to again impress spectators from all over the world. During this long-term event, from May 8th to June 28th visitors can enjoy the whole range of arts reflecting the “human condition” and “contemporary memories”. There will be dance and theatre performances of all kinds given by international artists, readings, presentations, concerts, exhibitions and Co. to create a complete atmosphere of creativity and passion and to attract visitors by a dynamic and stimulating experience for mind and vision. Find ticket information at the official homepage and be prepared to get inspired.

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