Infiorata – the Italian flower festival in Genzano [35 Pics]

Infiorata, the flower festival

Infiarata Genzano – 2010, (special permission cariatide44 / renzo venditt.


Introduction

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]

Old Infiorata image

The Infiorata.
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).

Infiorata 2010 Genzano

Infiorata 2010 Genzano (permission by @nta).

Small flower festival in Marino

Small flower festival in Marino. 2002 (CC Gino il Pio).

Infiorata - Umbria, Italy

Infiorata – Umbria, Italy (CC marco83).

Floral rugs, Burella

Floral rugs, Burella, 2007 (CC José Ramón García Ares).

Corpus Christi celebration on Tamarite de Litera, 2006.

Corpus Christi celebration on Tamarite de Litera, 2006. The next morning, the carpets are finished, ready to be stepped upon by the procession. (CC Enric Naval).

Genzano di Roma, Flower festival, 2004

Genzano di Roma, Flower festival, 2004 (CC Ferdinando Chiodo).

Nightly preparations in Genzano, 2008

Nightly preparations in Genzano, 2008 (CC costantini_max / Massimo Costantini).

Outline of the Genzano Crest

Outline of the Genzano Crest (CC costantini_max / Massimo Costantini).

Ready flower Crest

Ready flower Crest (CC costantini_max / Massimo Costantini).

Flower work in progress

Flower work in progress (CC costantini_max / Massimo Costantini).

Infiorata preparations in San Gemini for the celebration of Corpus Domini.

Infiorata preparations in San Gemini for the celebration of Corpus Domini. All over Italy these Infiorata festivities are celebrated. San Gemini is one of them (CC Paolo Subioli).

Crowds in Spello, 2010

Crowds in Spello, 2010 (permission by Steffi Esch / Rainer Lott).

Man preparing for Infiorata in Spello

Man preparing for Infiorata in Spello, 2010 (CC Steffi Esch / Rainer Lott).

“Parting of the Red Sea flower illustration at Infiorate Spello 2010 (CC Steffi Esch / Rainer Lott).

Flower petals for Infiorata

Flower petals for Infiorata (permission by VenerandaDeLuca).

Infiorata in Genzano 2008

Infiorata in Genzano 2008 (CC costantini_max / Massimo Costantini).

Nannarella - Infiorata in Genzano 2008

Nannarella – Infiorata in Genzano 2008 (CC costantini_max / Massimo Costantini).

Tappeto - Infiorata in Genzano 2008

Tappeto – Infiorata in Genzano 2008 (CC costantini_max / Massimo Costantini).

I putti - Infiorata in Genzano 2008

I putti – Infiorata in Genzano 2008 (CC costantini_max / Massimo Costantini).

Anna Magnani - Infiorata in Genzano 2008

Anna Magnani – Infiorata in Genzano 2008 (CC costantini_max / Massimo Costantini).

Infiorata parade in Montefalco - Umbria 2010

Infiorata parade in Montefalco – Umbria 2010 (CC Adri08).

Celebrating Corpus Chrisit in Bolsena

Celebrating Corpus Chrisit in Bolsena (CC Gobbler).

Jesus Christ in flowers

Jesus Christ in flowers.

Maria

Maria

Medusa's cut off head

Medusas cut off head (permission by @nta).

Infiorata Caravaggio - 2010

Infiorata Caravaggio – 2010 (permission by @nta).

Infiorata Caravaggio

Infiorata Caravaggio (permission by VenerandaDeLuca).

Infiorata Caravaggio

Infiorata Caravaggio (permission by VenerandaDeLuca).

Infiorata Caravaggio

Infiorata Caravaggio (permission by VenerandaDeLuca).

Infiorata Caravaggio

Infiorata Caravaggio (permission by VenerandaDeLuca).

Infiorata Caravaggio

Infiorata Caravaggio (permission by VenerandaDeLuca).

Boys running over 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.




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17 Responses to Infiorata – the Italian flower festival in Genzano [35 Pics]

  1. Jodi September 30, 2010 at 6:37 am #

    Way cool!

    Makes me want to be there- maybe 2011!

  2. Steven September 30, 2010 at 7:41 am #

    Beautiful! Hadn’t heard of this before. Great photo spread.

  3. uma September 30, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    Wooooohhhhhh!!!!

    Extraordinary work

    great job……………….

  4. Ding Moo October 1, 2010 at 5:34 am #

    Wow, truly amazing dude.

  5. Gabriese October 2, 2010 at 12:01 am #

    Very beautiful work! Best Congratulations!!

  6. BasketKC October 2, 2010 at 7:24 pm #

    Great photos!

  7. daniel Oberko October 20, 2010 at 3:41 am #

    this is real creativity and beauty

  8. Lyle Ruhstorfer November 21, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    Now in thailand is loy kratong festival.

  9. Kristine McAlister November 25, 2010 at 4:46 am #

    Such a pity to destroy by trampelling them. Let people take them home!

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