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Wisteria in Bloom

Rome looks especially stunning during the wisteria blooming season

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When April sets in, wisteria bursts into bloom all over Rome with beautiful purple flowers. You can find them in many spots across the eternal city, but one of the best places to walk in purple wonderland is the Villa Celimontana park. The blossoms are fabulous here—hanging down from the rooftops and creeping up along the walls of the ancient buildings.

Other locations in Rome to see spectacular purple vines include Roseto Comunale garden near the Circo Massimo, Via Margutta, Piazza Venezia (by the church of Santa Maria dell'Ara Coeli and near Vittorio Emanuele Monument), The Roman Forum also has a few wisteria vines.

Wisteria, called glycine in Italy, is a native plant to China, Japan, and South Korea. However, it has become very symbolic of Roman spring. Delicate flowers bloom only for a few weeks. By early May wisteria's bloom is coming to an end. So take your camera and capture its short-lived beauty. Wisteria canopies are covering many old courtyards in the city.

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