Infiorata di Noto – the annual flower festival in Noto, Sicily
Each year around mid to late May, the Infiorata di Noto descends upon the Sicilian city of Noto. This 3-day event’s one of the most unique festivals in Italy, transforming several streets into floral works of art. The festivities typically take place in the ‘centro storico’ and attracts visitors and artists from around Italy and beyond.
Where is Noto?
What’s the nearest airport to reach Noto?
Catania Fontanarossa is the nearest airport to get to Noto. It takes approximately 45 minutes by car, include traffic.
Infiorata di Noto – what to expect at this flower festival
The principle street of Via Nicolaci is the highlight of the event. A carpet of flowers in a myriad of colors lines the long historic cobbled-stone street. Via Nicolaci is also where you’ll find the renowned baroque balconies.
The sloped streets of Noto city centre also add to the floral arrangement’s dramatic finish. To say the Infiorata di Noto is impressive is an understatement. It’s a showcase of art, passion and tradition all rolled into one. And it’s something we have the association of flower masters, Maestri Infioratori di Noto, to be thankful for.
How do the masters create the art for Infiorata di Noto?
The ‘maestri’ place each flower in place according to the festival theme, which in 2019 celebrates ‘Sicilians in America’. On the first day of the event, the main road barriers are removed and visitors can begin admiring the art. They do keep barriers surrounding the floral displays, so getting too close isn’t an option.
‘Infiorata’ literally translates as ‘flowered’, which gives you an idea behind the event’s name. One thing to note, is that the Infiorata di Noto usually occurs every year from Friday to Sunday. That said, it’s possible to visit Noto for a city break, and catch the flower spectacle at the same time.
The striking display at Infiorata di Noto
“[Infiorata di Noto] is a showcase of art, passion and tradition all rolled into one.”
On the Friday morning, the official inauguration of the event takes place. And at around 5pm, the masters begin decorating the designated streets beneath the gaze of the public. They don’t usually finish until the next morning, but spectators are able to stay and watch the whole night if they wish.
Come Saturday, the floral display is complete and open to the public all day. There’s a feeling of celebration and festivity in the air, as visitors go around admiring the floral works of art. On the final day, a flag wavers parade marches through the streets. Dressed in Baroque costume and accompanied by musicians, it typically starts around 3pm.
Infiorata di Noto – look but don’t touch
Why you should see the Infiorata di Noto for yourself
You don’t have to be green-fingered to appreciate this colorful flower festival. It’s enough seeing the scale, and amount of effort, that goes into creating this work of art.
What’s more, walking around Noto’s historic centre is like walking straight into a real-life museum. Baroque churches and the awesome 18th century Noto Cathedral sit within metres of each other on Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Being a spectator at an event like the Infiorata di Noto is just the candied fruit on the Cassata cake.
Infiorata di Noto – Chiesa di San Francesco d’Assisi all’Immacolata
Where to stay in Noto?
Once the festivities begin to wind down, it’s time to escape the crowds and head to the countryside. Just 2km (8 mins drive) away is the fabulous IUTA Glamping and Farm. As the name suggests, it’s a glamping site surrounded by the best of Sicilian nature.
There are 5 luxury eco-tents available, each equipped with all the amenities you need, plus air conditioning and free WiFi! On site, there’s also a swimming pool, dining and bar area, and guest activities, like fruit picking and yoga.
Keen to book? Take a look to check dates, prices and availability.
Where to stay in Noto – IUTA Glamping & Farm – Infiorata di Noto
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Infiorata di Noto takes place this year from 17-19 May 2019
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