OPERA/The New Generation Festival
August 31-September 3
Corsini Gardens, via della Scala 115, Florence
Enjoy September's first excuse to don formal wear and relish a Renaissance setting: the Corsini Gardens, usually closed to the public, are the venue for Florence's first edition of The New Generation Festival, a weekend of orchestral performances, opera, fine food and wine. Primed to become an annual event, the festival will bring top young talent to the Tuscan stage. All performances begin at 7.30pm, with a 75-minute interval for wining and dining in the garden (food hampers come at an additional cost and are recommended, but not required). For tickets and a detailed program, see the website.