March 29, 2012. (Romereports.com)
When visiting Rome, this is one of the areas that simply shouldn't be missed. Thousands of tourists and even some locals, flock here every day to see the city's famous “Spanish Steps.”
“I'm always amazed at the number of people that are here. You see paintings of it and it's always empty in the paintings and it's ironic because I've been here in the middle of the night, midnight, morning and it's never empty. I love the energy.”
“It's very nice. It's a good walk into the city. It's a nice place to relax a little bit.”
This time of year, there's a little extra color on the steps. For the last 75 years, the city has placed azalea flowers along the area. Since mid April, a total of 500 pots were placed for the world to see. It's actually 100 more than last year.
“I had no prior expectations of the flowers before I came, so seeing them it makes me feel like I'm inside a postcard.”
“I think they are azaleas and I have never been here when they've been in bloom. I've been here in the winter time, many years. Of course, I did notice them immediately because I've often been here when they are not here.”
The flowers haven't completely bloomed just yet, but as the summer heat approaches, the flowers will fully decorate the steps with a combination of purple, white and green shades.
“It's very pretty and very busy. I like that it's full of flowers, because it definitely lifts up the plaza.”
“It's very nice with the flowers and so on, with the crowds and all the tourists and the different nationalities. It's all really nice.”
Once the flowers have bloomed and have been enjoyed by all, then the city's gardening department will keep them in nurseries until Spring time comes again, next year.