As the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence and the region of Tuscany have long had a ‘European calling.’ For this reason, Florence was chosen as the home of the European University Institute (EUI), which studies the activities and development of the European Union (EU). Now, Florence has again been chosen to host the Festival d’Europa, making it the temporary capital of Europe, as it was in 2011. The 2013 edition, which runs from May 7 to 12, features lectures, exhibitions, performances and debates open to the public. Organized by the EUI, the City and Province of Florence, and the Region of Tuscany, the festival not only highlights the activities of the EU but also opens a dialogue on its future. Once again, the Festival d’Europa promises to be an unforgettable event for the city of Florence. It is also a unique opportunity to hear from the leading political, academic, business and media figures who will play key roles in Europe’s future development.