Spring Has Definitely Arrived and Flower Festivals & Fairs Are Blooming All Over Lazio

Spring and Summer decided to arrive together in 2011 here in Italy, and Rome is no exception. These unusually high temperatures actually make you doubt about the existence of Spring. But nature and flowers follow their course. And this is the best time of the year for flower lovers. The region around Rome, Lazio, offers a lot in terms of flower events with some of them famous at national level. Therefore, if you feel like spending some time in the nature what better excuse than some colourful flowers?

This weekend’s major happening is the 16th edition of “Downtown Orchid” in Monteporzio Catone. Hosting exhibitors from all over the world, the event takes place along the roads and the little alleys of the town. 100,000 visitors attended it last year. Many of the 30.000 varieties and 350.000 hybrids of this beautiful flower will decorate Monte Porzio Catone and will also be on sale today and tomorrow. The event will also feature a photo exhibit devoted to orchids. Free Entrance. The city (only 25 kms from Rome) can also be reached by regional buses, timetable here

In Pofi, also today and tomorrow, there will be the 24th edition of the Flower Fair with exhibitors from all over Italy cheering up the city centre of this town south of Rome with their flowers and plants, in the Ciocaria area. The main theme of the display will be the Italian flag and its colors: white, red and green.

Next Sunday will see Tor Lupara covered with flowers for the 17th Flower Fair with the best flowers and garden centres of the Region on show. Middle-age fence show will also please visitors. Free Entrance. Km 18 of Via Nomentana

White, red and pink azaleas will be the stars of the Supino Festival between April 29 and May 1st. The 39th edition of the Azalea Festival in this little town of Ciociaria will also feature flag flying shows.

On May 1st there will also be Italy’s most ancient infiorata, i.e. flower floating carpets covering roads and squares, in Gerano. People from this cosy village south-east of Rome have been doing infiorata every year for 270 years! And once you’re there don’t miss the really unique “House of the old tins” a mind-blowing trip into the past of sweet, biscuit, candy, chocolate boxes of our parents and grandparents.

Last but not least, Viterbo‘s Middle-Age burrough, San Pellegrino, on May 1 will deliciously be decorated by flowers and plants for the San Pellegrino in Fiore event. This is the perfect occasion to visit one of Lazio’s best kept secrets: its number three place to visit after Rome and Tivoli. Can’t miss the Pope’s Palace where the longest ever conclave – the pope election meeting – was held in the 1270s. For a few years, when Rome was a small, poor and unsafe place, Viterbo was indeed the pope’s seat. Furthermore, the city can be conveniently reached by local – and cheap – trains from Ostiense and Trastevere (one Rome-Viterbo line) or from Flaminio (alternative Rome-Viterbo line).