Dreams and Colors in Noto

This weekend is the 38th annual Infiorata di Noto, or Noto Flower Festival. This year’s theme is “Sogni e colori del Principato di Monaco” or “Dreams and Colors of Monaco.” Over the last two days, along the Baroque town’s via Nicolaci, different art-school groups have been laying out their mosaic designs of flower petals and…

So Beautiful, It Must Go

A close-up of one of Noto’s flower petal carpets from the 2016 Infiorata. Once the weekend festival comes to and end, the children of the town are invited to gleefully destroy the art work, a gesture that represents a new generation coming and letting going of the past. (Photo Credit: Experience Sicily’s local guide Sebastiano…

The Power of Flower Petals in Noto

The 37th annual Infiorata in Noto is in full swing! Hundreds of people from around the world lined via Nicolaci on Saturday to view the flower carpets designed after the theme, “Traditions, myths, and legends” that celebrates “Hosting the world.” I’m fortunate to have received this photo from Experience Sicily’s local guide Sebastiano Garifo. Thank…

Infiorata in San Pier Niceto

Sebastiano Garifo, Experience Sicily’s local guide sent in this photo from San Pier Niceto in the Province of Messina. This weekend they are celebrating their annual Infiorata festival with flower carpets depicting the Eucharist. Readers of the New York Times may recall an August 2013 article by Russell Shorto, the author of the “New York…

Magic Carpets

This weekend is the 36th annual Infiorata di Noto, or Noto Flower Festival. This year’s theme is “Benvenuta Catalogna” or “Welcome Catalonia.” Over the last few days, along the Baroque town’s via Nicolaci, different art-school groups have been laying out their mosaic designs of flower petals and other natural materials into “carpets” that reflect this…