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The Infiorata

L'Infiorata-Sunday morning
After a night spent laying flowers in complex designs and using seeds to create shading on faces that seem to belong to a Renaissance painting, the tents come off. And as long as wind and rain stay blessedly removed, these tapestries are on display in their finished state until 11:00 AM when the procession begins. Spello is one of a handful of Italian towns renowned for its flower carpets on Corpus Domini, and it is easy to see why. The huge quadrati and the long tappeti will take your breath away. Stand by the workers when the procession makes it's way over the work, and watch them tense to see a night's worth of work now scattered. The work becomes faded and disrupted over the course of the day. Evening finds the tourists winding their way home, as the trash trucks sweep away the leavings of this ephemeral, and beautiful, festival of flowers.
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