On Thursday 1st December 2005 in Rome there was the first public presentation of the special Rose dedicated to the Madonna and called “Rosa Mystica”, which is one of the names given to the Virgin Mary.
This most special Rose, which is produced only in Liguria, is very rare and sweet smelling. This initiative was part of the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There is also a close connection with the Madonna Miracolosa di Taggia, especially celebrated in Liguria, who in this year celebrated the 150th anniversary of the wonderful movement of her eyes and of her subsequent coronation. The event was sponsored by the Presidency of the Region of Liguria, in order to promote the flower producers of Liguria, in recognition of their important role to the local economy.The winner of the competition was the Marchese di Sanremo, who can now use the logo of the Fondazione per I Beni e le Attivita artistiche della Chiesa. The Marchese will also have exclusive rights to supply the “Rosa Mystica” in every Marian shrine in Italy and throughout the world.