Three of Italy’s Best Infiorata Festivals
Italy’s Best Infiorata Festivals
During May and June, Infiorata festivals are held in various Italian towns and are definitely a must to see, if you are planning to visit one of the many regions where these festivals take place. From North to South, there are various options to make sure you will not miss this experience during your next trip to Italy in late spring-early summer.
We chose three Infiorate festivals in particular, Noto, Genzano and Spello.
The Infiorata Festivals are held in various parts of Italy, besides Noto in Sicily, Spello in Umbria and Genzano in Lazio, you can visit similar festivals in Pienza in Tuscany, Orvieto in Umbria, Potenzoni di Briatico in Calabria, Brugnato in Liguria, The Abbey of Chiaravalle della Colomba in Fidenza, Emilia Romagna.
Spello’s Fabulous Celebration of Flower
The feast of Corpus Domini (the Body of Christ) is one of the most spectacular events in Umbria and one I never miss. The normally peaceful town of Spello is transformed into wonderland of flowers like none other. The streets are literally carpeted with flower petals of every imaginable color both found in nature and dyed. Teams of workers — both social and church groups — work for months planning the event that each year celebrates the feast. The day before the feast, the groups layout their designs (line drawings on large paper sheets) in the center of major streets and, within their tarp-covered tunnels, work throughout the night creating the most elaborate designs. Some are purely geometrical and others are wonderful depictions of Biblical themes (think Noah’s Arc, doves, Popes, and Jesus in lots of positions. All are amazingly detailed and the result of an extraordinary amount of time and talent. – See more
Flower Festival in Noto – SICILY
The floral carpet or greeting to Spring: in Nicolaci in Noto, each year the third sunday in May, a cascade of thousands of flowers, expertly arranged on the road, making the vision of baroque city full of scents and colors. This event is one of the best on he island of Sicily. In the streets a series of Palaces belonging to the nobility wich create a surprising prospective: Modica place, Giunta palace. But it is the actual city of Noto that brings all these things togheter that creates an architectonic Stage.
Genzano’s Infiorata dates back to 1778 and is held every June on the Sunday of Corpus Domini. It covers about 2,000 m2, and consists of fifteen “flower panels” that use approximately 500,000 flowers, blooms and seeds. The Infiorata’s crowning moment is when the Corpus Domini procession passes down the centre of the large carpet of flowers. Afterwards, the festival comes to an exciting finish with what is known as the spallamento: when children run down the staircase from the church of Santa Maria, undoing the flowered panels. Over the course of its history, Genzano’s Infiorata has grown from a popular festival to an international event of art, culture and, above all, faith, attracting thousands of visitors from Italy and abroad every year.