Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
One of the most prestigious classical music festivals in Europe and the world, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is performed at the Teatro Comunale in Florence, at no. 16 Corso Italia, 100 meters from Hotel Crocini. This large theater with seats for more than 2000, organizes the program of concerts and operas for the renown Maggio Musicale, performed and directed by the best musicians, singers and directors on the international scene. Started in 1933, its mission is to highlight the visual aspects in opera (the greatest directors as well as artists and costume designers have taken part in the festival) and the personal involvement of 20th century musicians and directors who have actively taken part in Maggio Fiorentimo as authors and performers.
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino has witnessed the following performers and directors over the years: Vittorio Gui, Bruno Walter, Zubin Mehta (main Director of Maggio Fiorentino since 1985), von Karajan and Muti, Maria Callas, Pietro Mascagni and Richard Strauss, Bela Bartòk and Igor Stravinsky, Luigi Nono, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Luciano Berio; set designers and directors include Max Reinhardt and Gustav Gründgens, Luchino Visconti and Franco Zeffirelli, Luca Ronconi and Bob Wilson, Giorgio De Chirico and Oskar Kokoschka, just to name a few.
The Festival is held in May and June each year and is a not to be missed occasion to listen to excellent classical music and see the most modern trends in opera.
In Corso Italia, one km from Santa Maria Novella trains station, 100 meters from the prestigious Theater for Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Teatro Comunale) and Lungarno Vespucci, in a very quiet residential area of the historic center, stands Hotel Crocini. It is one of the best 2 star hotels in Florence due to its peacefulness and convenient location, and is excellent for pleasure or business travelers. Situated in a mid 19th century building, with a pretty garden in the interior, the hotel is well connected by public transportation to the heart of Florence: minibus lines A, B and D run along Via Magenta (a stop is located a few meters from the hotel) and the neighboring streets and take 5 minutes to reach the Church of Santa Maria Novella, Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery, Piazza della Signoria and all the main museums and sights of the city. A pretty twenty minute stroll along Lungarno Vespucci or the internal streets leads to Santa Trinita and Via Tornabuoni; it takes half an hour on foot to get to Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Signoria. But even in a 10 minute walk from the hotel you'll find some gems to start discovering the many masterpieces which, like in a great museum, pervade Florence and make it unique: the refectory of the Church of Ognissanti, overlooking a square of the same name, contains a wonderful Last Supper fresco by Domenico Ghirlandaio from 1488, and a Sant’Agostino in the study, an early work by Sandro Botticelli.
By plane and train
From Florence's airport: bus (6 euro) to Santa Maria Novella train station or take a TAXI to the Hotel, a taxi takes 15 to 25 minutes and costs between 20 and 25 euro, depending on the traffic.
From Pisa's airport: train or bus to Florence's SMN train station, the trip takes 60 minutes. There are three ways of getting to the hotel from Santa Maria Novella train station: on foot, by bus or taxi. It is about a 15 minute walk, leave the station from the RIGHT exit (with your back to the train tracks), go down the stairs, cross the street and go RIGHT until the first corner and LEFT on VIA DEGLI ORTI ORICELLARI, as you continue straight on this street it changes names, first VIA SANTA LUCIA then VIA CURTATONE: at the end of this street go RIGHT before you reach the river on CORSO ITALIA, Hotel Crocini is at number 28. To take a cab leave the station from the main exit (in front of you with your back to the tracks) and you'll find a taxi stand; the trip takes around 4 minutes and costs 10-12 euro. From the Santa Maria Novella Station exit on the right, go down the stairs and there take the tramway T1, direction "Villa Costanza", leaving at "PORTA AL PRATO-LEOPOLDA (Parco della Musica)" that is the very first stop. Once left the tram go straigh in the same direction of the tramway and after Hotel Michelangelo and Hotel NH Firenze turn left in Corso Italia, at number 28 you find us. Tickets for the tram cost Euro 1.20 per person and are sold at newsstands and tobacco stands or at the authomatic machine at the stop.
a word of warning...driving in Florence is very complicated due to one way streets and all parking is paid, but it is not impossible... These are the directions for getting to the hotel by car:
- from the NORTH on Autostrada A1 exit at FIRENZE NORD, or if coming from A11 at the end of the freeway. After paying the toll head for FIRENZE - AEROPORTO and the bypass that leads into the city.
As soon as the bypass ends follow the signs for CENTRO. Then follow the signs for VIALI DI CIRCONVALLAZIONE - PORTA AL PRATO - PONTE DELLA VITTORIA.
Once you reach the square around Porta al Prato the easiest thing to do is to go straight, under the underpass and over the bridge, Ponte della Vittoria, once on the opposite side of the river go completely around (360°) the traffic circle and go back over the bridge, when you get to the end of the bridge turn IMMEDIATELY RIGHT on Lungarno Vespucci, then go under the Telepass and take the first left VIA MAGENTA, then left again on CORSO ITALIA, the hotel and parking lot are located at number 28.
- From the SOUTH the best exit from A1 is FIRENZE IMPRUNETA, after paying the toll go around the traffic circle and head for FIRENZE when you get to PORTA ROMANA follow the signs for PONTE DELLA VITTORIA, at the end of the bridge turn IMMEDIATELY RIGHT on Lungarno Vespucci, then go under the Telepass and take the first left VIA MAGENTA, then left again on CORSO ITALIA, the hotel and parking lot are located at number 28.