If you go to Rome, Italy on the second week in May, you should go to the nearby town of Ganzano to see the world famous Infiorata, the festival of flowers.
The Genzano Infiorata is a flower festival that can be traced back to 1778. Every year, local artists cover an entire street (via Belardi) with detailed flower carpets, inspired by religious paintings and famous artworks.
The Infiorata of Genzano begins with the harvesting of millions of flowers, 2-3 days before the event. They are stored fresh, in caves around Genzano, while the artists draw their masterpieces on the pavement of Via Belardi, for the Saturday parade.
The Infiorata ends on Monday of the third week of June, when children are allowed to destroy the colorful artworks by playing on them. [35 pics]
The day of the octave of Corpus Christi, while in Rome a grand procession is new under the colonnade of St. Peter, Gennesano, a small town on the shores of Lake Nemi, a procession solemn walks on carpets of flowers artfully prepared and composed mainly of drawings of arms. On either side of the street, pickets stand surrounded by foliage and which are hung with garlands of flowers. This show offers a glance of the most graceful, and that’s what made this festival to give the nickname of Infiorata or Fleurie. It usually attracts many people to Gennesano. (Photo in the public domain because its copyright has expired. Wikimedia Commons).
Jesus Christ in flowers.
All good things must come to an end. Tradition is that children are let loose over the flower arrangements before the flowers are cleaned away.