Sunday, June 26, 2011 3:43 pm EST

A typical infiorata on a town street
For the procession (processione) of Corpus Domini, which is celebrated nine weeks after Easter (Pasqua) - in 2011, celebrated on June 26th - flower petals are used to create amazing works of art in many towns in Italy.

Some are simple designs in front of churches (chiese), but some locales hold what is called an 'infiorata' and make elaborate tapestries on streets amd walkways. The design is first sketched in chalk (gesso) on the pavement. Then soil (terra) is used to outline the design (disegno), and finally, filled in with thousands of petals (petali), leaves (foglie) and seeds (semi).

Click here to view some of this amazing art!