A blooming…May

Sculpture by Igor Mitoraj, Boboli garden, FlorenceWhat do you think about a dip into the floral world of Tuscany, and in particular, of Florence? Maybe all of you are already enjoying the spring arousal of Nature we all have been waiting for so long…
Even if Spring has already peeped out from under the winter clouds since a few months, the smell of Spring has been floating in the air since the last few days in our Tuscany: the sunshine now warms up our bodies and minds from over its “throne”, making us leave our winter, protective blanket behind.

It’s no surprise that May has always been the month during which nature arousal is celebrated more than ever through both civil and religious festivities, which aim to pay homage to all its expressions. No wonder that the Mother’s Day , which is celebrated almost all over the world, even if on different days, dates back to religious origins, and in particular to the polytheistic cult of fertility divinities, that were usually celebrated just in this period of the year, when the “explosive” arousal of Nature coloured again the pallor of Winter.

And which city other than Florence could better pay tribute to Nature and its many life expressions?
Do not forget that the historical symbol of Florence that all corners of the earth know is the famous …iris! Right, it is not a lily as most people wrongly believe, but a red iris on a white background (as it appears on the city banner). Since 1954, an international competition regarding the best iris varieties has been yearly held in Piazzale Michelangelo, in the “Iris Garden” to be more precise, which was created in occasion of its first edition, when Florence was internationally acclaimed as the hosting city of the event for its historical, symbolic tie with this flower. Further information can be found on the site:

But that is not all! Just during the past few days, the second edition of “Boboli perfumes” has been held in Boboli Garden, a market exhibition on the floral, artistic tradition which proposes to visitors a sort of “five senses” stroll to discover the most hidden corners of the garden (just for this occasion, all the stands have been organized in the “Orto della Botanica Inferiore”, which has been exceptionally open to the public). This is an expression of homage not only to Florence floral gardening art, but also to colours, perfumes, oils and whichever could be obtained from plants and flowers.

Boboli Garden

How could we end this short, virtual trip without mentioning the well known “Infiorata”? This is the event celebrating Spring par excellence, which will be held on next May 25th in Scarperia, a little village situated just under the Tuscan-Emilia Apennines, in the province of Florence. If you get to be in the area, we strongly suggest you do not miss the chance to take part in the event, which is considered a real paradise for the eyes and the soul of one mind! All the villagers, babies and adults, realize drawings with flowers petals (mainly carnations) along all the old town centre streets and squares. Based on the annual theme, “Music on cover”, the villagers will draw on paper firstly and then will reproduce their works on the city streets, which will be finally covered with flowers petals just the evening before: a harmonic triumph of shapes, colours and perfumes. To find out all the relative information, visit the site:

We wish you all a nice “flower May”, leaving you with this little hope: if flowers could come out from cannons…

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