If you would like to enjoy Rome in all its flower glory, below are a few places where you can do just that. Ancient city + historical ruins + lots of lovely flowers = recipe for swooning! At least in my book it does. 😉
Rome’s Rose Garden, Il Roseto Comunale di Roma, is located on the Aventine Hill across from Circus Maximus, and has been open to the public since 1931. It is truly a beautiful place, and a quiet oasis in the heart of the city.
The garden contains more than 1,200 different varieties of roses. It features two sections … upper and lower. The upper section contains the permanent collection with classic specimens, and is currently open to the public. The lower section showcases the competition entries from the international floral competition of ‘Premio Roma’, an annual competition among international floriculturists. The 70th edition of the Premio Roma competition will be held on May 19th. After the prize ceremony, the lower garden will be open to the public for viewing until June 24th.
Each day thousands of people pass by the Spanish Steps in the heart of the city. The grand staircase is the perfect place to stop and rest, visit with friends, relax, people watch and watch the world go by. Now throughout the month of May, you can do all that amongst flowers. Each year the city decorates the steps with an abundance of pink azaleas. Below is a short video on the yearly blooming event.
When visiting the Palatine Hill from now until October 14th, you will be able to step back in time and visit the ancient area in all its glory. New flower gardens have been added in an attempt to recreate the vibrant gardens the area held 2,000 years ago. The exhibit features a variety of vegetation such as, flowers, plants, trees and fresh produce. The chosen vegetation derives from years of study by Italian archaeologists. You will be able to walk in the path of emperors, and experience the Palatine Hill almost as they did 2,000 years ago.
Tickets to the Palatine Hill are €12. Tickets also include admission to the Coliseum and Roman Forum.