Pack Your Bags ~ The Infiorata Await (plus win a Hanging Cosmetic Bag in Bella Fiore Raspberry!)

June 25, 2012

Here in the US we have our Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C., and our Rose Parade on New Year’s day, but have you ever heard of The Infiorata?  They are a series of flower art festivals held in Italy every May and June in many towns throughout the country (so plan for next Spring).  At these Infioratas, flower petals are used to create mosaics and tapestries that cover streets, plazas and sidewalks. In some towns, such as Genzano di Roma, a masked parade dressed in medieval and traditional clothes walks on them.  Each year, a different theme is created, usually religious, but always a riot of color.

To create these floral displays, a design is drawn in chalk on the ground – soil is placed around the design and then thousands of flower petals and seeds create the images – the petals are kept moist to keep their color.  Depending on the size it takes several days to complete each work.  Some of the most notable Infiorata’s are held in Brugnato, Bolsena, Genzano di Roma, Orvieto and Spello.  Here’s a look at a few designs from past years:

We love the beautiful colors and couldn’t help but be reminded of our colorway, Bella Fiore Raspberry (which means beautiful flower in Italian).  While the actual colorway was inspired by vintage wallpaper, we think an Infiorata display in this pattern would be just gorgeous!  Want to win a bit of floral inspiration for your own?

**We’re giving away one Hanging Cosmetic Bag in Bella Fiore Raspberry (valued at $56) Just comment below and you’ll be entered to win – we’ll pick one commenter at random and post the winner here on Friday, so check back to see if you’ve won!**

**Update** the winner of this week’s giveaway is: Tracey Byram who wrote:

“Absolutely incredible! I would never have thought you could create such awesome art with flowers.”

Just email us at: with your shipping address and we’ll get that right out to you!!

Be sure to check back next week for another fabulous giveaway.

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TinaM June 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Oh my goodness, those displays are breathtakingly beautiful. I may have to add a visit there to my bucket list. What wonderful inspiration.

Elizabeth June 26, 2012 at 2:50 am

So beautiful! I love Italy and it’s so easy to be inspired by these flower patterns!
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Whitney Lowe June 26, 2012 at 9:42 am

I’ve never seen anything so beautiful in all my life! The time and effort that was put in each design for all to enjoy. Thank Goodness for talented individuals.

Erika June 26, 2012 at 10:20 am

So beautiful! What an amazing place to get inspiration. I have never been to Italy but it is on my short list. Will have to plan on going in the spring just to see these amazing pieces of art!

tracey byram June 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Absolutely incredible! I would never have thought you could create such awesome art with flowers.

Shelby June 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm

What a beautiful place and the Bella Fiore is one of my favorites!

Amber B June 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Oh my goodness! Italy is already on my list of honeymoon destinations, but now I have even more reason to want to go! Soooo amazing! I’m awestruck!

Mallory Heyward June 27, 2012 at 12:54 am

Beautiful! A must see once my passport comes in.

Amy June 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm

That is amazing-so beautiful. Maybe that needs to be our 15th anniversary get away!!! With a new cosmetic bag of course!

Bonnie June 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I’m hoping to take a trip to Europe next year and after seeing these beautiful pictures, I may have to schedule it so I can see se of these wonderful displays with my own eyes.

Susan Monnier July 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

Your email is inspiring – thank you.
Just love the cosmetic bag – beautiful job!

Daniella Garran July 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm

This is one Cinda b pattern I don’t yet have!!! I would love to be reminded of the trip I took to Italy last year with 14 of my 7th and 8th grade students!

Wendy Hoke July 3, 2012 at 10:26 pm

What a beautiful place to go!! I would love to go to Italy some day!!

Peggy dolbow July 4, 2012 at 7:56 am

Would love to see this, awesome

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