Borgo a Mozzano is well-known for its azalea festival which I have described in various posts:
It was, therefore, a bit of a surprise when no azalea festival was announced for this April. I needn’t have worried for this May week-end Borgo has put on a truly dazzling day of flowers which in some respects is even better than the azalea displays.
There are contributions from every borgo or village in the comune of Borgo, streets events and art displays. Car-parking is, as usual easy in the Penny Market supermarket park and the catering includes everything from lampredotto to zucchero filato.
With these climatically somewhat unpredictable days there was a sharp tempestuous shower in the afternoon but, at least the flowers on show appreciated it! Judge for yourselves.
The old town turned itself into a flower garden, thanks to arrangements arranged by local florists, associations and schools. I especially liked the Vespa display with 1969 original trappings including flower-title 45 rpm records and a dansette gramophone.
Even door handles were decorated.
There were many handicraft stalls.
Even restaurants offered flower-themed menus. I think anyone who has stayed in Italy will have tasted how delicious courgette flowers and even dandelions are when fried in batter.
Simonetta Cassai hosted an exhibition of paintings which highlighted what progress her students had made in the art course held there.
I loved these boxed 3-D pictures which a local teacher also uses for elementary school activities.
The Municipal Library held a photographic exhibition.
Activities starting from Borgo included a trek up to Monte Bargiglio which I have described at
The Monte Agliale Astronomical Observatory will also be open during the evenings of the festival, welcoming visitors to discover the wonders of the sky if the clouds we’ve been recently having permit,
There are also treks along the Gothic Line which I have described at:
For more information on the festival look at the web site at
It’s an event that you cannot afford to miss if you are in the Lucchesia and entry is free too!