The Flower Festival of Noto, a triumph of scents and colors in the Baroque capital

The Flower Festival of Noto, a triumph of scents and colors in the Baroque capital

The Flower Festival of Noto,Sicily

The Flower Festival of Noto, a triumph of scents and colors in the Baroque capital

The Infiorata of Noto is an extraordinary event that combines art, craftsmanship, and tradition into one single enchanting spectacle. Every year, on the third weekend of May, the city of Noto, famous for its charming Baroque architecture, transforms into an unparalleled floral carpet. The main streets of the historic center are adorned with intricate designs and mosaics made entirely of fresh flower petals. It is one of the most picturesque and fascinating events in Sicily, an event recognized by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The Flower Festival of Noto celebrates the end of Spring and gathers numerous artists in the creation of 16 sketches, each 7 meters in length and 4 meters in width — unique works of art with a theme that varies with each edition. Petals are carefully collected and laid, the shades of the chosen colors are carefully selected, and every detail is planned with precision. Among the flowers used are lilies, daisies, carnations, roses, tulips, mimosa, and various twigs, leaves, and stems, as well as rice, bran, and legumes. What makes the Infiorata festival so fascinating is its ephemeral beauty. Visitors can admire the works for only a few days before the trampling of people and the passage of time transform them into a mosaic of blurred colors.

The roots of the Infiorata date back to the 17th century when the local nobility adorned the streets to welcome the arrival of the bishop in the city. However, the event as we know it today began in 1980 when a group of artists and enthusiasts decided to revive this centuries-old tradition. The first modern Infiorata was held along Via Corrado Nicolaci, now the beating heart of the splendid creations, and was an immediate success. In addition to its visual beauty, the Infiorata is also a moment of celebration and sharing, with music, food, and culture animating the streets and alleys during the event. So, if you happen to find yourself in Sicily during the month of May, do not miss the opportunity to experience a journey through wonder, history, and art that will captivate you and fill your heart with emotions and liveliness. Official website: Infiorata di Noto.

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