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Cervia Garden City

Cervia Garden City

49th edition. Europe’s largest floral outdoor art display. Theme of the 2021 edition, "Dante and the Gardens of Eden”

Cervia Città Giardino, il volto di Dante di Andrea Ravo Mattoni

Cervia Città Giardino 2021 becomes part of the network Viva Dante – Ravenna 2020/2021

"Cervia takes you to the sea along its many gardens reminding of towns and cities far away”, so Tonino Guerra masterfully summed up the significance of the event.

The largest open-air floral art exhibition in Europe will continue this year to make Cervia a flowery and unique city for its beauty, hospitality and care for greenery.

This year, Cervia Città Giardino, the largest open-air floral art exhibition in Europe, is dedicated to the Divine Comedy, on the occasion of the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri's death. There are 29 green areas that represent evocative scenarios of many moments of Dante's great adventure, thanks to the sculptures of Argentine artist Oscar Dominguez. The itinerary starts from Cervia's Pine Forest, crosses the beautiful gardens of Milano Marittima and Cervia, passes through Pinarella's and Tagliata's Pine Forests, skims the monumental Mulberry Tree and ends in front of the Garden of San Michele Tower, where the profile of the great poet was realized using the mosaiculture technique by the Municipality of Ravenna.


The soul of 'Cervia Città Giardino' has always been to use flowers to launch a message of joy and hope. Flowers are symbols of peace and friendship among peoples, a bridge that unites and leads to rebirth.

This message of hope continues also this year, thanks to an edition dedicated to the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, one of the most important events of 2021 at the international level.
"Dante and the Gardens of Eden" is the title of the floral exhibition, realized thinking about the flowers, the herbs and the forest of the Divine Comedy by the Green Departement of Cervia Municipality.
An "open air" itinerary across the woods and the beautiful gardens of the Garden City, to discover the vegetal world imagined by Dante in his poem, which winds its way through a spectacular parallel universe, exploring the peculiar, interesting, rich vegetation which was the background to the literary work of the supreme poet, and who has passed on to us his knowledge of vegetation, botany and flowers.

There are 29 green areas that represent evocative scenarios of many moments of Dante's great adventure. The path starts from Cervia's Pine Forest, crosses the beautiful gardens of Milano Marittima and Cervia, passes through the Pine Forests of Pinarella and Tagliata, skims the monumental Mulberry Tree and ends in front of the Garden of San Michele Tower, where the profile of the great poet was realized using the mosaiculture technique by the Municipality of Ravenna.
In these days, among the trees and on the lawns, installations in unusual environments are starting to come to life, in which the research of local materials halfway between land art, environmentalism and spiritual nature alternate and merge with plants and flowers, in an artistic dialogue with nature, with its mutability and its aesthetic beauty.
It is thanks to the creativity of Argentinean artist Oscar Dominguez and his sculptures that appropriate both physically and metaphorically the places, that a close dialogue with the surrounding space is undertaken. The theme of the balance between heaven and earth, between emptiness and fullness, makes these installations light and integrates them perfectly into the environment in which they are placed.
In some of the scenes, the artist blends his creativity with that of Cervia's elementary school children, who use modest materials and a lot of imagination to create a fantastic, dreamlike atmosphere, rich in colors and shapes.
Moreover, a series of artists who are friends of Cervia are completing the installations with their particular interpretations of Dante's world.


The description of each installation is included in a panel placed in the green space in which Dante's face is represented, painted by the street artist Andrea Ravo Mattoni.
The face depicts his personal reinterpretation of Sandro Botticelli's painting that was exhibited behind the glass window of the cloister of the Oriani Library in Ravenna, facing the tomb of the Supreme Poet, as part of the 5th edition of the project "Dante Plus 700 Collective Exhibition on the face of Dante", realized by Bonobolabo, in partnership with the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Ravenna.
Each panel mentions the references of Oscar Dominguez's work in relation to the tercets of Dante's chant and its paraphrase, all summarized in the Qr-code.
The visit to the gardens is free and opened at all hours of the day until October.

The project is part of the Viva Dante 2021 calendar, organized by the Municipality of Ravenna, of which the main events are sponsored by the National Committee for the VII centenary of Dante Alighieri's death.

Moreover, the "Angoli Fioriti" event will also take place this year, involving all citizens through the display of flowers and plants on their balconies, in their gardens, in their green areas or in a space of their business.

Cervia Garden City, Dante, City of Ravenna flowerbed - Ph. Gianni Castellani

Timetable

From May to September

Cervia, Milano Marittima, Pinarella, Tagliata

Europe's largest open-air floral art exhibition

Exhibition of floral arrangements made during the month of May by more than 60 cities and institutions participating, distributed in various points of Cervia, Milano Marittima, Pinarella and Tagliata. 


Cervia Città Giardino is the largest open-air floral art exhibition in Europe, a reference point for architects and green technicians from all over Europe.

Born from an idea of Germano Todoli and carried out by his son Riccardo, the exhibition, that started in the early 1970s, has taken on an international character.

In recent years, over 60 teams of gardeners came to Cervia, representing Italian and foreign cities, companies, organizations, schools and associations, to decorate the most beautiful spaces in the area for the tourist season.

The work of this international team has given life to an open-air floral art exhibition, accessible at any time of the day from May to September, until the next spring, when the look of the floral city is adjusted again. This is an exhibition that spreads over public areas throughout the Cervia area.

Over the years, technicians, experts and master gardeners from Italy, Europe and the world have transformed flower beds and gardens into real works of art, experimenting with unique techniques and floral innovations, creating an opportunity for comparison and exchange of creativity, methods of intervention and innovations in the management of public and private green areas.

Throughout the summer, over 350,000 flowers and plants, thousands of square meters of turf, sculptures, exciting expressions and compositions, figures and geometries, original gardens and incredible floral arrangements, carefully cared for by the Green Service of the Municipality of Cervia can be admired while walking around the city.

Last year, due to the health emergency, it was not possible to host the masters of gardening of 60 and more Italian and foreign delegations who should have met in Cervia, a city of hospitality and integration. Despite the difficult period that we experienced last year and that we are still experiencing in 2021, the municipal administration has given continuity to the event, thanks to the "Dante and the Gardens of Eden" project.

The soul of 'Cervia Città Giardino' has always been to send a message of joy and hope with flowers. Flowers are synonymous with peace and friendship between peoples, and all this has been possible thanks to the many cities, associations and green companies that have shown us affection and friendship, also in 2021, giving us plants and flowers to keep alive the tradition of the ‘Maggio in Fiore’ (May in Bloom), showing that our city continues to look ahead, with an explosion of colors that flourish after the darkness of the storm and that represent a bridge that unites us as a symbol of hope and rebirth.


Contacts

Comune di Cervia - Servizio Verde

When

from May to September 2021

Where

Cervia, Milano Marittima, Pinarella, Tagliata
Free

Yes

Information office

Tourist Information Office - Cervia
Cervia
Torre San Michele, Via Arnaldo Evangelisti 4
0544 977194

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