Flowers Fiori Flora

Flowers Fiori Flora

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Spring is almost here in Italy.

Let’s have a look at some of Italy’s favourite flowers.

First of all, a lesson on flowers.

Floris – Of the flower, also singular.

Fiori – Flowers

Flora – Flora is the Roman Goddess of flowers, is associated with Spring. Her festivals, the Floralia, were from April to May.

I come down from Florence and am Flora,
This city takes its name from flower
Among the flowers I was born and now by a change of home
Welcome, and let me treasure amid northern mists be dear to you.
Flora is often depicted in front of a Nescola or Loquat tree which bears fruit in the spring. Her robe is patterned with Florentine flowers and blossoms drop from her clasp and lie scattered in front of her feet.

 

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Flowers are uplifting, Monet and Shakespeare and Botticelli all mused about their love for flowers.

‘All the flowers..They would sit and talk to me for hours’ (Alice in Wonderland)

Flower Festivals in Italy

San Remo

San Remo is known as the city of flowers, and has it’s own festival dedicated to the fabulous fauna every year.

Castelluccio @ Umbria

Legume lovers know Castelluccio as the source of some of the world’s finest lentils. It is also famous for flowers. The Fiorita or The Flowering of Castelluccio di Norcia. When the flowers bloom the fields literally glow with colour, shades range from yellow, ochre, to red. Gentianella, poppies, narcissuses, violets, asphodels, Eugeniae violet, clovers, oxalis and many more. It is, simply,  natures fauna patchwork.

The Feast of the Fiorita takes place every year in the third and in the last Sunday of June.

Island of Capri

One can find examples of arbutus, heather, cypresses, arbutus and the occasional oak tree.

Some flowerisms for you.

“The earth laughs in flowers.”
―Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…”
―Susan Polis Schutz

“I must have flowers, always and always.” Monet

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