mercoledì 16 febbraio 2011

A Folkloristic Exhibition just outside Rome


In June, a great folkloristic and religious exhibition, the "Infiorata". A whole street (Via Italo Belardi) is covered with allegorical carpets of flowers and a masked parade walk on these, with medieval and traditional clothes realized by town's women. For more than 2 centuries  on Sunday and Monday following Corpus Christus feast the Infiorata a most suggestive manifestation of art, pride of the artists of Genzano has taken place . Each year the artists suggestions must conform to a previously agreed upon theme, such as The Colours of Michelangelo, or The Designs of Bernini. In the spring it has recently become tradition to have a "mini Infiorata" made by the children from the local schools.
Poets and writers wrote about the Infiorata:
  • Massimo d'Azeglio "...you see the fair, the people, the truly rare beauty of the town crowds of Roman, holiday makers from the nearby Castles....everything lively; and seen from the foot of the ascent it seems to be a magnificent carpet, that you regret to see spoilt by the feet of the procession".
  • Richard Voss "One of the most beautiful Italian fairs is held in Genzano, the fair of flowers; the whole city seems to be a gigantic flower bed. A marvellous spectacle".
  • Hans Christian Andersen "The whole street is a carpet of flowers.... Not even a breathe of air moves and the flowers lie on the ground as if they were heavy precious stones...".

4 commenti:

  1. Great post I miss Italy I have to get back there as soon as possible.

    RispondiElimina
  2. That's a fabulous carpet of flowers! I wouldn't want to step on that though... It's too precious! The whole city must be in a joyous mood!
    Thanks for sharing Maria.:) XOXOXOXOX

    RispondiElimina
  3. @Jhess...oh thank you JESS... this is a spectacular exhibition that takes place at Genzano, just outside Rome in June. That carpet is made up of flowers. Really gorgeous!
    Have a lovely day!

    RispondiElimina
  4. @Jorie ...well JORIE I went to Genzano twice and I may assure you it's a fantastic exhibition that takes place in June. There are many tourists going visit this little country and many Romans going there to admire this long, beautiful carpet of flowers. Well the whole city is in a really joyful mood.They welcome you so warmly.
    Have a lovely day! ♥♥♥

    RispondiElimina

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