Vicenza

Exploring Vicenza: Flower Power

Up and down Veneto the third week-end of April is dedicated to the beauty of flowers.

Floriculture markets and events are taking place as we speak from Este to Treviso and beyond. In Vicenza, where we live, the 7th edition of the market show ‘Fiori, colori e…‘ is currently in its third and final day on Piazza dei Signori – the central town square.

Fiori, colori, e... - The 7th Edition of the Floriculture Market Show is taking place in Vicenza, Italy

Under the bright rays of the Italian sun, people are out en masse admiring the endless succession of potted plants, cacti, flowering bushes, aromatic herbs and even vines offered for sale by local floriculture companies.

Pink and red potted plants, 7th Edition of 'Fiori, colori, e...' - Floriculture market show, Vicenza, Italy

The sunshine is in stark contrast to the heavy rain which washed out Vicenza on Friday when the market was set up.

Early in the morning large lorries and vans arrived at Piazza dei Signori carrying lots and lots of plants.

Lorries carrying potted trees and plants, 7th Edition of 'Fiori, colori, e...' - Floriculture market show, Vicenza, Italy

People in waterproofs rushed around busy with setting up the stalls and arranging the pots.

Setting up the flower stalls, 7th Edition of 'Fiori, colori, e...' - Floriculture market show, Vicenza, Italy

The large cacti arrived covered in brown paper bags to keep them safe during transit.

Setting up the flower stalls, 7th Edition of 'Fiori, colori, e...' - Floriculture market show, Vicenza, Italy

The rain didn’t stop the eager shoppers though and these fabulous orange poppies were almost all sold out by Saturday morning.

Orange poppies, 7th Edition of 'Fiori, colori, e...' - Floriculture market show, Vicenza, Italy

It was wonderful to go for a walk round the flower market. Stalls were set up like mini garden centres, inviting you to pop in and have a closer look at the plants.

A mini garden centre, 7th Edition of 'Fiori, colori, e...' - Floriculture market show, Vicenza, Italy

For the truly green-fingered among us, there were copious amounts of bulbs for sale.

Flower bulbs for sale, 7th Edition of 'Fiori, colori, e...' - Floriculture market show, Vicenza, Italy

For those of us who prefer things slightly more grown up and ideally already with some blooms, the choice was staggering.

From whole trees both large…

Potted tree, 7th Edition of 'Fiori, colori, e...' - Floriculture market show, Vicenza, Italy

… and mini in size…

Potted citrus trees, 7th Edition of 'Fiori, colori, e...' - Floriculture market show, Vicenza, Italy

… through flowering shrubs…

A flowering potted shrub, 7th Edition of 'Fiori, colori, e...' - Floriculture market show, Vicenza, Italy

… gorgeous roses…

Potted roses, 7th Edition of 'Fiori, colori, e...' - Floriculture market show, Vicenza, Italy

… to many different types of aromatic herbs.

I was particularly taken with the multitude of cacti for sale.

Cacti, 7th Edition of 'Fiori, colori, e...' - Floriculture market show, Vicenza, Italy

There were whole stalls dedicated to them.

A cacti stall, 7th Edition of 'Fiori, colori, e...' - Floriculture market show, Vicenza, Italy

Especially these mini ones were so cute!

Mini cacti, 7th Edition of 'Fiori, colori, e...' - Floriculture market show, Vicenza, Italy

It was a wonderful and very fragrant way to spend the week-end. Yes, there was a bit of rain at some points, but I am sure the flowers and the plants didn’t mind it one bit.

A rose, 7th Edition of 'Fiori, colori, e...' - Floriculture market show, Vicenza, Italy

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