Italy celebrates the summer Festival of Hydrangeas

Bolsena, the Lazio region in Italy, invites visitors and locals to the Hydragenas festival and Plenary Indulgence in a fairy tale setting.

Italy celebrates the summer Festival of Hydrangeas

Bolsena, the Lazio region in Italy, invites visitors and locals to the Hydragenas festival and Plenary Indulgence in a fairy tale setting. Bolsena, a city nestled in a beautiful landscape on the shores of the homonymous lake, will celebrate the “Festival of Hydrangeas” from June 21 to 23.

Cultivated in many varieties as an ornamental plant, the Hydrangea is one of the species most commonly used to decorate gardens. The shades of the colors are endless and range from blue to purple, to pink, to red, and to white, creating a palette of colors rarely found in nature. The period of the exhibition coincides with the height of its maximum splendor.

The Festival of Hydrangeas, in its 11th edition, is considered one of the major events of the national nursery. This enviable label calls together the top breeders of Hydrangeas from all parts of Italy to Bolsena, also attracted by the natural setting in which the event takes place – near the banks of the largest volcanic lake in Europe, within the region of Tuscia, (north of Lazio) – a district of great artistic, archaeological, historical, religious, and gastronomic interest.

The tradition of the Hydrangea urban decoration of Bolsena is very ancient. Its exhibition areas spread from Porta Fiorentina to Piazza Matteotti, up to the magnificent lakefront. Flower vendor stalls as well as other attractions will turn the town into a huge flower garden for three days.

The event, organized by the city of Bolsena and the “Association of Friends of Hydrangeas,” is anticipated with great interest by experts, collectors, and fans of this charming flower. The exhibition has become one of the main attractions in the panorama of events and a pride for the city – an absolutely extraordinary showcase for the enhancement of its historic medieval suburb and a way to give a strong impetus to the image of its territory a boost of tourism and economic development.

This year, the town of Bolsena will live a particularly happy period due to the 750th anniversary of the Eucharistic miracle which happened right in Bolsena in 1263 and the Bull “Transiturus” of Pope Urban IV, with the Eucharistic miracle of Bolsena. According to Catholic tradition, it refers to an event that happened in 1264 in this little town. While a priest was celebrating Mass at the consecration, the host would bleed. On August 11, 1264, Urbano IV designated the festivity Corpus Domini, by mandate of the Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. The Apostolic Penitentiary has authorized the celebration as an extraordinary “Eucharistic Jubilee” during which the faithful and pilgrims can obtain the Plenary Indulgence for the jubilee years.

This Eucharistic Jubilee began in January 2013 with the opening of the Holy Door of the cathedrals of Orvieto and Bolsena and will end in November of 2014 with the closing of the Holy Door of the same Basilicas.

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