The city of Noto (or Nuoto in Sicilian dialect), in the province of Syracuse, is a treasure of Sicily. It’s in fact called “the Baroque Capital” because of its beautiful monuments: the Basilica di San Nicolò and other numerous churches; its public and private palaces like the Palazzo Ducezio or the Palazzo Nicolaci and many others. The city centre of Noto recently earned the title of UNESCO world heritage site thanks to its “stone garden”.
Each year, on the third Sunday of May, the city gets coloured by flowers during the Infiorata di Noto. This event takes place Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 but they are many other shows organised before and after the Infiorata, from April until June.
This 35th edition hosts Russia as a country guest: artists of the country will thus display their work with the sponsorship of the Russian Consulate General of Palermo.
The Infiorata main attraction is the flower carpet arranged alongside the Nicolaci Street. The pedestrians and tourists may admire this impressive natural artwork with drawings changing each year according to an established theme.
The guest country has prepared a few surprises; among them is “Casa Russia” which will be inaugurated on Friday. It will hosts the iconography, painting and sculpture exhibitions of Alexandr Sikolov, Maria Vishnyak and Vasilij Selivanov. You’ll also have the opportunity to hear popular Russian songs on Saturday evening at the Convitto Ragusa. The Infiorata weekend will then conclude with a visual, musical and pyrotechnical show called “Incontro con la Russia in 3D”, on Sunday evening at the Piazza Municipio.
We suggest you to see the Piazza Mazzini where numerous concerts and shows will be held on Saturday and Sunday. On the other hand, vintage car lovers shouldn’t miss the 21st Vintage Car Trophy. These beauties will be displayed along the streets for the pleasure of the eyes. Finally, a great moment will be the magnificent Baroque procession, a cortège where people are dressed in clothes of the 17th century and which will take place on Sunday afternoon. Be sure to be in the first row to admire the town criers, flag-bearers, musicians and other onlookers who seem to come from the past.
After the Infiorata, the events continue until the end of June. The next weekend, you may for example attend the Festa dell’Alveria: Medieval games, competitions and guided tours will be organised on the site of Noto Antica, the old city which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1693; it’s today one of the most suggestive archaeological site of Sicily.
There will also be, among the other events, a series of meetings with 7 authors called “Peccati di lettura”, books presentation, a classical music concert, dance performances, a kennel club competition, the inauguration of the contests “Design in… Corso” and “Visti di profilo” aimed at designers and reporters. Finally, the cooking and agriculture itineraries of “Ma(n)gianoto” will conclude the festivities.
See you soon in Noto!
To download the program, please visit the official website of the Infiorata di Noto.
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