Festivals and traditions

Infiorata di Noto: a celebration of Sicilian Baroque

Noto is the ideal destination for those seeking to immerse themselves in the baroque essence of Sicily. Renowned worldwide, it stands as a must-visit for anyone touring Sicily. Particularly enchanting at the end of May, the town hosts a unique cultural and artistic spectacle: the Infiorata di Noto.

The 45th edition, slated from May 17th to 21st, 2024, will be themed “Homage to Giacomo Puccini on his centenary: the Maestro who transcends time and art”. Floral arrangements will draw inspiration from the composer’s oeuvre and melodies.

Origins of the Infiorata di Noto

The Infiorata traces its origins to the religious traditions of the 17th century, when Corpus Christi processions were accompanied by floral adornments along the streets. In Noto, it evolved into a distinctive art form owing to the ingenuity and devotion of its inhabitants. They began crafting intricate flower paintings along the city’s main thoroughfares, elevating the occasion to a momentous cultural and artistic affair. Over time, the Infiorata di Noto has evolved while retaining its essence.

The city metamorphoses into a kaleidoscope of colors and fragrances. Master florists craft elaborate designs using flower petals, seeds, and other natural materials. In the week leading up to the event, artists present their sketches to the municipal council, and upon approval, commence bringing their visions to life in designated spaces, transforming Noto into a captivating floral tableau of Sicilian Baroque.

For this edition, the exhibition will start on the afternoon of Friday 17 May and will be open to the public from 9am on Saturday 18 May until 21 May 2024.

Experiences to live during the Infiorata di Noto

Throughout the event, visitors can explore Noto’s Baroque legacy and partake in the cultural festivities animating the city streets. Along the route, markets and stalls offer opportunities to discover and sample the typical products of Sicilian gastronomy and wines.

Adjacent streets, like Via Cavour, abound with Baroque landmarks such as Palazzo Astuto and Palazzo Trigona di Cannicarao, while charming medieval alleys like Agliastrello and Carmine beg exploration.

Notable among the folkloric events are the flag-waving parade and the Baroque procession. The procession along Corso Vittorio Emanuele showcases the architectural splendor of the Cathedral and enlivens two magnificent squares: Piazza Municipio and Piazza XVI Maggio, the latter graced by the captivating Church of San Domenico and the Theater.

The Infiorata di Noto transcends mere celebration of artistic beauty and craftsmanship; it offers an exciting journey through the history and culture of Baroque Sicily. This singular event, with its breathtaking floral compositions and vibrant ambiance, encapsulates the essence of a tradition that continues to captivate visitors from around the globe. 

Participation in the Infiorata promises an unforgettable experience, an invitation to connect with the soul of Noto and the cultural heritage that renders this city so extraordinary. Simply mark the third Sunday in May on your calendar and allow yourself to be swept away by the enchantment of a floral tapestry narrating timeless tales.

Credit photos: Alfio Garozzo
Corteo Barocco di Noto


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