Festival of the Mimosa 2018

Have you ever heard of the Mimosa Festival? It is now a tradition in Pieve Ligure that you should also know. Read on to discover the program and the particularities of this interesting event.

Event dedicated to one of the most loved plants by Italians

The Fair of the Mimosa has been held in Pieve Ligure for the past 61 years. The event involves the entire city, decorated in theme, and animated by exhibitions, decoration contests, flower and plant displays and fashion shows. And the now traditional Corsa in Giallo, along with animation and games for adults and children. La Sagra, conceived in 1957, is an event extremely appreciated by the public and tourists.

The program

The program of the festival, which this year takes place from 3 to 11 February, kicks off Saturday 3 February at the M. Massone Theater, with the inauguration of the competition and the photo exhibition “Party for me”. The highlight of the event is scheduled for 11 February, with the departure of the now traditional Corsa in Giallo, from Piazza De Camillis, the exhibition of floral arrangements at the theater, and the beginning of the sale of flowers and mimosa plants in Piazzale San Michele.

Following the gathering and the parade of the flower floats, the free distribution of  mimosa shoots, and the activity of the food stands, with the specialties of Ligurian cuisine, and musical entertainment. In particular, the distribution of mimosas is carried out in the church square, thanks to the use of the so-called “strafia”, a cableway. On this occasion, the village of Pieve Ligure, not far from Genoa, is transformed, literally invaded by mimosas and decorated in theme.

The festival was designed by a member of the Oratory Confraternity of Pieve Ligure, who in 1957 proposed to give life to a large distribution of mimosas in the square, becoming one of the most classic Italian festivals. A good opportunity to find out what to do in Pieve Ligure, an ideal place also for the nature hikes that start from the center, directed towards Monte Croce.

How to get around

If you don’t know how to get to the event, don’t worry: know that there will be a free shuttle service from the train station in Piazza De Camillis from 13 to the end of the parade. Via Roma will in fact be closed to traffic and it will be much more convenient to get around in this way.

And after the festival?

If after visiting the event you want to discover the rest of Genoa, I suggest you take a trip to the famous Aquarium, or simply walk around the city to admire ancient churches, get lost in the alleys and admire the fascinating buildings that the Ligurian capital reserves. There is really a lot to see in Genoa. Why not take inspiration from this article to get some other interesting ideas? I’m sure it will certainly help you!

What do you think about it? Are you curious to attend the Mimosa Festival? If you like this plant and you want to spend a different day, there is nothing better than an event like this to experience with your family or friends. Plan your trip now: Genoa is waiting for you!

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