Spello’s Infiorate: Saying It With Flowers
….and not just a kaleidoscope of flowers but seeds, wild field greens, wild fennel, leaves, and walnut, cypress and other seed pods blend in stunning floral tapestries to celebrate the Feast of Corpus Domini (sixty days after Easter) in Spello each year. This medieval hill town’s piazzas and labyrinthine alleyways are carpeted with sublime floral designs as a welcome to the Host carried in solemn procession throughout Spello on Corpus Domini morning.
La Processione serpentines throughout Spello at 11 a.m but you’ll want to get there early that morning to see works being completed under the tents and to wander the many flowering backstreets of Spello as you seek out all the dazzling floral tapestries.
Over one thousand infioratori (“flower tapestry-makers”) will have worked throughout the Saturday night prior creating floral masterpieces – after months of gathering wild flowers in the fieds and on Mt. Subasio backdropping Spello and uniting in the evenings to pluck off the petals, to snip some and grind others.
Once the Host is carried over the glorious floral masterpieces, exhausted – and blissfully fulfilled – infioratori head home for a rest.
In a few months, planning will start again for next year’s Infiorate. Don’t miss the wonders.
Click here to read about – and see – the work the night before the Procession
Read about – and see! – other sublime Infiorate
Click here to read about – and see!- the splendid restoration of Spello’s medieval tower