Infiorata in Genzano di Roma
Traditional flower festival attended by MSU professors and VIlla of the Antonines directors
On June 18, 2017 Profs. Deborah Chatr Aryamontri and Timothy Renner of MSU’s Department of Classics & Humanities and Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies were invited by Genzano di Roma Mayor Daniele Lorenzon to attend a meeting of official representatives of government bodies and foreign universities in the town hall to celebrate the opening of the Infiorata, the principal annual festival in Genzano. The Infiorata, created over 200 years ago, centers around elaborate carpets of flowers laid out in frames in the streets and often emphasizing a particular theme (this year’s was World Peace). Visitors from all over Italy and around the world throng the town for the occasion. Following the formal meeting in the town hall, the two MSU professors and the other special guests enjoyed a reception in the nearby, late Renaissance Palazzo Sforza-Cesarini, from which one can obtain magnificent views of the town and the Lake of Nemi, famous for its associations with the ancient worship of the goddess Diana and its special attraction for visitors on the Grand Tour in more modern times.
“Villa of the Antonines” Italian alumna AmbraZega, a native of Genzano, works on one of the floral compositions for the opening of the Infiorata.
Profs. Deborah Chatr Aryamontri and Tim Renner pose for a photo with Genzano Mayor Daniele Lorenzon following the formal opening of the Infiorata on June 18, 2017.
The flower panels of the Infiorata in progress in Via Italo Belardi in Genzano.
Traditional tools for holding flowers during the creation of the floral carpets of the Infiorata.
Panoramic view of Genzano from the terrace of the Palazzo Sforza-Cesarini.
Panoramic view of the Lake of Nemi from the terrace of the Palazzo Sforza-Cesarini.