Visualize a long, winding road surrounded by historic structures with lovely corbels supporting eighteenth-century balconies. Picture yourself stopping at the foot of the floral display while awaiting your chance on the slope, taking in the vivid sight provided by the floral carpet and its happy union with the opulent Baroque building highlighted by the Church of Montevergini’s façade. That is what Infiorata di Noto 2022 brings to the table.
Envision a multi colored mosaic in which wildflowers, daisies, roses and many other flowers which bring religious, mythical, and pop culture motifs to life.
Each year, the City of Noto marks its calendar with the “Infiorata,” a custom that has been commemorated for many years now!
The Sicilian town, already renowned for its baroque pearls, acquires an even more prominent tourist charm as a result of this event which attracts tons of visitors from all across Italy and the world.
Official Dates of the Event – 13th May to 16th May 2022
The confluence of Noto flower artists with those from Genzano, a municipality in the Metropolitan City of Rome, where this graphic methodology was established, sprouted Infiorata di Noto 40 years ago.
Since 1980, on the third weekend of May, Noto, the Stone Garden, as historian Cesare Brandi dubbed it, has welcomed an explosion of color and aroma in the heart of its ancient town.
Italy’s many regions cherish the amazing Infiorata celebrations. The word “infiorata” means “flower-decorated.” Flower artisans plan their creations months ahead of time. They use dried and fresh flower petals, and other organic materials like beans and wood cuttings, to create basic geometric drawings, exquisite tapestries, and even magical masterpieces. To make a flower carpet, artists draw a design on the sidewalk with chalk and then fill it with hundreds of beautiful petals. Soil or coffee grinds are commonly used to accentuate flower outlines.
Infiorata celebrations are mainly held around the Corpus Domini feast in late May or early June. The best ceremonies are held in Noto (Sicily), Genzano (Lazio), and Spello (Umbria), with dates that vary not only by year but also by locale.
The event’s theme varies each year and is frequently based on religion, mythology, art, or local legend.
The creators who won the contest for the concept of the floral panels will assume command of one of the 16 sectors given to them in Via Nicolaci. This takes place on Friday, May 13, and this event will also mark the beginning of sketching by artists for their future work using special chalks.
They’ll start covering the sketched design with flowers cultivated specifically for the event on Saturday, May 14, and continue until the painting is finished, usually early Sunday morning.
On the 15thof May, locals and tourists alike will wait until late in the evening to admire the beautiful mosaic of petals.
The rush of tourists will continue on Monday i.e., 16th until the wilting flowers are removed in the evening.
Yes, for the first time ever, non-residents will need to pay 2.50 Euros to access the main area of the festival.
For years, the organizers made the event completely free for all kinds of visitors. However, with the pandemic creating havoc and increasing costs in almost every country, the organizers were left with no choice.
According to the councilor, Massimo Prado, “Making money off visitors is something that we do not do! But due to the event costs, reception services and other expenses that would cause a huge burden on the municipal resources, they had to impose a symbolic & nominal fee”
The 43rd iteration of the Infiorata di Noto, Nicolaci will take place, marking the 20th anniversary of the Val di Noto’s UNESCO accreditation.
The event has similarities to exactly 1 decade-old event i.e., in 2012, when the tenth anniversary was commemorated. With a strange coincidence, the first Infiorata was held in 2012 by the newly appointed municipal administration led by mayor Corrado Bonfanti, and the first Infiorata will be held in 2022 by the new administration led by new mayor Corrado Figura.
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