Each June to celebrate the Sunday of Corpus Domini, held on the 9th Sunday after Easter, Itri stages a wonderful festival of flowers, known as The “Infiorata”. This was to be the 29th edition of this community event and people young and old gather to work on the various designs.
Our American friends Pat and Melinda were keen to take part, so a day or so before the actual event we turned up in Itri, in a side alley off Via Della Repubblica, each armed with a pair of scissors.
We were warmly greeted and allocated some chairs and we set to work. There were bucketfuls and bucketfuls of carnations of various colours.
The first task was to snap off the flower heads from their stems and collect them into crates. All the remainder of the greenery was set aside to later be put through a shredder machine.
These lovely French ladies travel to Itri every year just to take part in the Infiorata.
When all the flower heads were detached, the next job was to snip off the petals just above the green base of the flower. The fresh confetti of petals were collected into crates, the bases were thrown into another basket for later use. Nothing of the flowers is put to waste.
There were people of all ages and walks of life helping with the preparation of the flower petals. There were children with their mothers, grandmothers with their grandchildren, pensioners, school children, teenagers, all were happy to lend a helping hand.
On the Sunday morning we travelled down to Itri to see people working on the creations. Each design measures 4 x 7 metres. This is at truly amazing type of street art, a Floral carpet flower petals that only lasts for one single day. Some of the designs are very elaborate. This year they followed a modern theme.
people flock to admire the completed designs.
The ceremonial altar and a design of La Madonna della Civitá –
the Patron of Itri.
It was very satisfying to know that we had played a small part in this wonderful community event.
Photos by me – Louise, Kay McRobbie, and Patrick and Melinda Abbott
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You might also like to take a look at some of my past posts relating to the Itri Infiorata: