This very colourful celebration has its roots in 1625 in Vatican, Rome. The Infiorata of Noto first started in 1980, thanks to the work and the will of horticultural artists of Noto (the Netinis) and those of the town of Genzano (the Genzanesi). Noto dedicates it every year to another country. In 2017 it was the turn of the Principality of Monaco, whereas in 2018 the guest of honour will be the People’s Republic of China. The project is prepared well in advance, and the town officers meet with representatives of the chosen country’s Cultural advisors.
On the third weekend of May, and for 2 days only, the Via Corrado Nicolaci, near the eponym palace, is taken over by local and foreign artists who work together to create a carpet of petal mosaics. On the 122 meter long street, and 7 meters wide, these artists draw by hand the shapes of their design. Then all night long on Friday the artists and young students of local horticultural schools recreate petal by petal this ephemeral masterpiece. They use carnations, gerberas, valerian, euphorbia, and also, carub seeds, cereals, various flour, coffee … Early Saturday morning, the street of Corso Vittorio Emanuele is already packed with admirers waiting patiently to walk up and down Nicolaci street. We got there really early, and whilst talking with some of the artists, Sylvie was lucky to receive a beautiful bunch of fresh leftover flowers!
The sight of it is quite breathtaking, and Noto highly merits a visit for the joy of laying your eyes on it.
Monday morning is the day of the town’s children, who are let loose to run through the temporary artworks in a symbolic display of destruction and renewal.