Festival season: Infiorata
Only once before this year I have been able to admire the beauty of the Infiorata festival celebrated in Genzano, a town close to mine in Italy. Infiorata, which means “decorated with flowers” is a world renown traditional festival which is celebrated every year in mid June in Genzano, a town also famous for its bread and wine.
The festival lasts for three days, almost 1100 pounds of flower petals are used to decorate the street going up to the main church in Genzano. The petals are placed on the ground so to create beautiful designs and shapes related to the Catholic religion and to the theme of peace. 14 pictures are usually created on the ground and these designs cover an area as wide as 1890 meters. On Sunday evening the traditional religious procession takes place and on Monday evening, the last day of the festival, kids run through the petals and mark the end of the celebration.
Genzano’s Infiorata has become so famous that I found myself surrounded by tourists while trying to squeeze in the crowd to snap some photos. From Spanish to English speaking people, it was such a beautiful day to enjoy such a mixture of cultures who came all together to look at this amazing work of art.
Below you’ll find some of the photos I took.