Bolsena, a medieval village on the shore of a lake with the same name, on the day of the Corpus Christi becomes even more beautiful with the Infiorata.
The infiorata is an exhibition of drawings made with flowers, seeds, leaves and peat along the streets of the town.
(Bolsena is also famous for the hydrangeas, there are plenty around town and there’s even a festival a couple of weeks before the infiorata, dedicated expressely to this flower)
I was in Bolsena during the infiorata in 2019 and I took loads of pictures, that I obviously would like to share (unfortunately in 2020 the event took place in a much smaller format due to Covid19).
but first, a bit of history…
In 1263 AD in Bolsena during Mass a consecrated host started to bleed, as if it was flesh. This miracle was considered proof that the body of Christ is in fact in the Eucharist.
So the following year Pope Urban IV established the feast of Corpus Christi, that previously was only celebrated in Belgium.
From that date, during the Corpus Christi the Eucharist is exhibited and carried around the towns.
In Bolsena the procession is particularly important because with the Blessed Sacrament there’s also a “Sacred Stone” that is taken around, the stone where the blood dropped.
Moreover, since 1995 the celebration got even bigger with the Infiorata.
The Infiorata and procession are held on a Sunday, but some groups start to draw on Saturday night, because it’s very hot during the day and it’s more difficult to work in the sun.
At 4 pm starts the procession during which Eucharist and Sacred Stone are carried around the town of Bolsena, followed by representatives of the town, of the Church and of the communities.
Another gallery. I took so many pictures, and the drawings were all so special, it would a shame not to share them all.
I was impressed by the quality of the drawings made with products found in nature
and there are actually many people involved in the making of the Infiorata, with great care and attention